Inturnment boxes

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Project by Mark Parker posted 03-29-2012 01:33 AM 3382 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a pair of matching Inturment boxes I made after my mother-in-law passed away. Her husband was a doctor in the Korean War and was inturned at Arlington National Cemetary. Since she never remarried, she was allowed to join her husband again after she passed. My wife asked me to make an inturnment box for her mom and then asked me if I could make two, one for Fran and one for Fred.

I had never met Fred but you can tell he had a huge influence on my wife while she was growing up. I didn’t hesitate to start making the boxes. The interesting part of the construction was adjusting the size of the box to match the volume of ash the box was going to be holding. Amazingly, you can find out almost anything you want to know buy scouring the internet. I found the approximate amount of ash I was going to be dealing with (roughly one cubic inch of ash per pound of body weight) and called Arlington to find out the size of the niche Fred was in. The last thing I wanted was to finish the ceremony and discover both of the boxes wouldn’t fit in the niche! The people I spoke with at Arlington were very helpful.

After the boxes were completed, my wife had the placards made at a local shop. We went to Arlington in May 2009 and had a ceremony for Fran. It was the most meaningful woodworking project I have completed.

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 02:17 AM

Nice work.

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 10:12 PM

Really well done, a fitting container

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 08:29 AM

Requiem in pace, Fred and Fran.
Thank Fred for his serving to freedom next time the family visits.

late of Her Majesty’s armed forces in Canada

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