Gram's Urn

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Project by JR_Dog posted 05-07-2014 02:58 PM 1559 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I posted a project, haven’t had much time lately to play in the wood shop – day job is busy. I started working on this over a year ago and it’s finally nearing completion. The only thing left is choosing a finish (Up for suggestions). I’ve hand sanded all the surfaces from 220 all the way up to 12,000 micro mesh so it’s pretty smooth and shiny already. It’s a hexagon with the main vertical faces made from a piece of Black Cherry my brother in law cut down on his land and gave me – he and my Mother noticed the grain appeared to have an angel with a star above it so I’ve used that as the front of the urn. In between each of he vertical sides there’s a spacer made of African Rosewood (Same wood as the cross). The lid and base are figure maple and then the cap is African rosewood (a.k.a. – Bubinga). The cross as I’d mentioned is Bubinga with figure/curly maple inlay. The feet are solid brass as are the hinges and custom lid latch I made. The lid latch is nothing too fancy, or hard to do, it’s 4 brass eyelet screws, two screwed into the lid and to in the base unit, their holes line up so I can slide the brass rod through them (they’re offsite very slightly so it causes slight tension and keeps the rod in place. It turned out real nice and accented the brass feet well. I have 1 pick of the jig I made a while back to do the glue up of all the sides; little tricky but once I had the angles cut it was pretty easy from there. Gram’s still with us but my family asked me to make this for her since she wants to be cremated; I felt honored and nervous at the same time.. but I hope I’ve made her and the family proud.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 05-07-2014 04:10 PM

A Great Honor, scary too! Not sure of your finishing method? Spray ,brush,or wipe on? Are all the edges rounded? I’d suggest using the method you are most comfortable using at the present time.

If you want to go with traditional – shellac and bees wax. You can use spray finishes from a can. Watch out for your application technique.

A satin finish poly can be durable. Waterborne is non yellow (amber) and oil based is.

Guess I’d practice first? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 09:44 PM

I personally like Watco danish oil as a finish. Easy to apply. With it being sanded that smooth and oil finish would be great. It comes in natural as well as other flavors. I would use natural on it.

it’s nice that Gram gets to enjoy it before she needs it. Great job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 01:47 AM

That is a wonderful piece, I love it to bits. I also would use an oil.
Great job. Thanks for showing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 02:04 AM

Thanks for the kinds words and feedback. I have the Watco Danish Oil on my shelf, I’ll try it on an extra piece and see how it turns out.

Take care everyone!

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 03:51 AM

JR, if you went to all the trouble of getting it so smooth, if it were me I would use some fine furniture wax. Put on a coat or two and hand buff it out. Let the wood stand on it’s own and of course that cherry will oxidize all by itself over time and change to a darker color. I also have an order for two urns/boxes from an aunt and uncle.

I am not sure if by polishing the box so finely it would limit some finishes from being able to adhere properly. Just a thought

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#6 posted 05-08-2014 12:09 PM

That is a beautiful urn JR. Really nice wood choices with beautiful grain patterns and you definitely made every one proud I am 100% sure of that…..Excellent job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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