Urn #1: The double urn project

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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 07-30-2013 07:05 PM 1775 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be mom and dad’s final resting place. I think I’ll keep this in dad’s old room after I fix it up. But after I make the living room furniture I may bring it back in there and put it on a shelf.

I need to make some wedges for the inside corners out of some of the 8/4 walnut.

I also plan to make some roundover molding for the bottom to transition the padauk to the walnut. I may slide another board in between the two for a deeper profile.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 11:43 PM

Russell, I was just commissioned to build an Urn for a family that lost their 23 year old daughter (cancer) and the deadline is the 29th of this month, would of been her 24th birthday, just trying to figure out how to go about it, they want top access as they plan on spreading the ashes. I was thinking a removable lid with a lift out memorabilia tray then a false bottom door to house the container.

I see you did miter joint, I was also thinking of doing box joint, they also requested an inlay cross.

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#2 posted 08-08-2013 12:08 AM

I took an 8/4 piece of walnut and used a router for the base. You have to have a half shank bit capable of doing an 8/4 profile. It also helps to turn the speed on the router down to the next to lowest speed setting.
The padauk had a slight bow across the width, but seeing the board cost me over 100$ I decided to try the miter which didn’t turn out so bad, but not perfect.
I made the box separate from the base and it is not glued to the base, rather I used inside corner wedges and glued them down to the walnut base. Later I plan to drill some pilots from the bottom side and screw the padauk down. In my case, I just want a latched lid because I plan to keep this in my home.

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