Walnut Urn holder

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Project by wuddoc posted 10-08-2017 08:59 PM 1677 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wood buddies are looking, hopefully to the distant future, for urn holders. They had to be large enough so family members could place mementos in with the actual urn. The urn holders would be on display for a short service and they wanted to demonstrate their woodworking and artistic talent.

After seeing a DVD on powder metal application in wood we laser engraved a tree and each of their names. Since we had a sample set of powders we engraved the powder name to determine which powder might look best. Brass was selected over the other three.

Local walnut was chosen as were brass fittings including inserts and knobs to allow the tops to be removable. Dowel pin joinery was accomplished using our Mafell Duo-Doweler. A profile on each long edge was achieved using our shaper with a rounding over router bit. Semi-gloss lacquer was used for the finish.

Powder metal and glue along with the instructional DVD came from Grizzly. The brass inserts, knobs, and feet were purchased from McMaster-Carr.

-- Wuddoc

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#1 posted 10-08-2017 09:12 PM

very elegant and classy.i agree on the metal choice the brass works well with the walnut.they gotta love what you’ve done,and yeah hopefully they will have plenty of time to enjoy them!beautiful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-08-2017 09:22 PM

I totally agree with pottz, well done.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 05:11 AM

Very nice indeed.

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 12:58 PM

These are a 10. The brass powder inlay came out beautiful.

-- TomB

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#5 posted 10-09-2017 03:11 PM

Nice project, but hopr you don’t need it .
always wanted to try one of those mafell duo dowellers. how do you find it?

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#6 posted 10-09-2017 04:57 PM

These are so beautifully done and the artwork is fantastic.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 10-09-2017 10:54 PM


We have had the Mafell Duo-Dowler for over two years now and find it is a great portable 32mm tool. The ExtremeWoodworker on you tube has a 4 part series you may find helpful. Following is session #3. In this session he compares the Triton to the Mafell.

-- Wuddoc

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#8 posted 10-11-2017 08:43 AM

Wuddoc, I like the basic design. The brass inlay looks very commercial and professional. You did a wonderful job on the finish. The knobs on top look a bit out of place. Though they are very functional in your design, I wonder if they could have a pad added to each one to avoid scratching furniture or mantles, and would serve better as legs? Beautiful work. A simple spacer would keep the cremains from crushing the mementos. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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