Pet Urn, Made Out Of Sipo and Maple

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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-29-2017 02:34 PM 2147 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had to make that heart wrenching decision to have my beloved 4 legged daughter lay to rest. She was
my ball of love Norwegian Elkhound Shady.

I optioned to have her ashes returned in a temporary container as I was to build the box for her.

I made this urn using Sipo Mahogany with maple for the cross inlay and the corner splines. I made the box with a lift off lid with a partition dadoed into the walls for the divider, her remains are housed under the partition via screw on bottom and the top I made for her memorabilia which is 2” deep. The box measures 10” L x 8” D x 8 1/2 T” and is finished in a single coat of tung oil and 4 coats of wipe on poly, my own mixture.

I used my pyrography machine to curve the inscription, only I didn’t take into consideration that the finish would darken the wood after the burning was done thus hiding the wording, it looked OK on the raw Mahogany. I used a 1/4” round over on my router table for the rounded edges

I plan on making another Urn for another lost one, it will be made from Nogal but I’ll use Maple as a plaque to inscribe on, it’s a learning in progress.

Thanks for viewing

The inscription reads as follows.

If tears could build a stairway
And memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.

OH NO! I just noticed I made a crucial mistake in her dates, she was laid to rest on November 14th not December, I must of made that mistake when I made the type up on the printer before transferring it to the wood. Sadly it’s to late now to repair it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 12-29-2017 02:40 PM

A sad occasion to be sure, but a beautiful memorial.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 02:58 PM

Sorry for your loss, very nicely done urn.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 06:12 PM

So sorry for your loss Blackie. When my beloved pooch died unexpectedly a couple years ago, we had her ashes spread at the Humane Society pet cemetery. I regret not making her an urn and having her home.

One of my work colleagues asked me to make her an urn for her dog so that is on my list for this year.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 09:20 PM

Real nice urn, Randy.Sorry to hear about your loss of your pet.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-29-2017 11:30 PM

Nice tribute to your special friend!

Consider a plaque out of the wood you used for wedges? Or another material that you can burn into? Then glue it on. Trick Murphy taught me. Have a better New Year my friend.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-29-2017 11:59 PM

The contrast in the story is as noticeable as the contrast in the wood.
The box came out very beautiful and the story, although sad, came out just as beautiful.
Thank you for sharing both Blackie.

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#7 posted 12-30-2017 12:04 AM

Thanks Doug, Bob, Jim, Jim, Tom and Eric.

Jim, sorry to hear but she will always still be in your memory, I plan on having all of my pets buried with me upon my time.

Tom, yep I’m way ahead of you on that one, the plaque would be the best option on darker woods.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 12-30-2017 03:11 AM

Blackie, the wood in your pet dog’s urn is really beautiful. I like the splines and the special trouble you went to to make it especially sturdy and tamper proof. The matching top and bottom give it a good look. What a nice job on the inlay. I can’t make out the inscription…what does it say?

Pets give us such unconditional love and become so dear to our hearts that it is difficult to part with them. They are such a joy to our lives, a joy that deserves to be remembered. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 12-30-2017 03:25 AM

Sorry for your loss Randy.
You have created a very nice urn Randy. I think your urn design has the perfect look to it. This would be an urn that I surely would choose for my pet. Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 12-30-2017 10:19 AM

These have got to be tough builds, fitting beautiful result
Cannot say much more read everything above and mirror it here.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 12-30-2017 11:23 AM

Thank you Alan, I went back up and edited my post and placed the inscription in there for you. I thought about doing that to begin with but guess I forgot, It was a learning experience, next projects I now know to use a lighter wood plaque for my engravings.

Thanks Tony and Rob, Rob I edited my original post and added the inscription there for you.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#12 posted 12-30-2017 01:01 PM

Randy, A sad occasion, to be sure, but you did a really nice job honoring her with this piece. I remember that you posted something a while back regarding this project… I hope you were able to spend lots of time with her and cherish those memories. Pets are so special and such a big part of a family that they leave lasting memories with us, albeit for just a short time. I’m sure a few tears went into this along with the blood and sweat… Great job

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 12-30-2017 01:45 PM

Blackie, this urn turned out beautifully. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 12-31-2017 03:14 PM

Thanks Tooch, I had her for 12 of her 14 years as she was already 2 when I got her, the last 8 years I was retired so more time but still it wasn’t long enough, it never is. It’s a sickening and heart felt thing that we must go through.

Thanks Charles.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#15 posted 01-02-2018 12:38 AM

Blackie, I like the poem, thanks for editing that in.

-- Big Al in IN

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