Memorial Ash Box & Vault Box & Picture Frames

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Project by ND2ELK posted 09-04-2010 01:10 AM 4828 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the end of July, my 92 year old mother-in-law passed away. She wanted to be cremated and have a grave side service with just the family and close friends present. The family asked if I would make a box for her ashes. I felt very honored that they had asked me and was very pleased to do so. We were leaving on the 1st of August for California to see my new granddaughter and deliver a crib and dresser I had made for her, so the box would have to wait till I got back. I also wanted to make a vault box to put the cedar ash box in but had no idea what wood to use. While in California, I had the honor and privilege to meet another fellow lumberjock who lives in my daughter’s home town. His name is Aaron and is lumberjock 559dustdesigns. We had lunch and enjoyed talking shop and wood. As we were saying our goodbyes in the parking lot, Aaron did something that totally surpised me. He said he had a gift for me and hoped I would accept it. Aaron gave me a piece of wood 2 1/2” T X 16” W X 36” L. It was a piece of Fir out of one of the 30’ beams that came out of a hotel that was built in early 1900-1905. I told him I wanted to make something special out of it. I felt it was a special gift from a special friend, honoring a special lady I called MOM because my mother had been gone for several years. That piece of wood was used to make the vault box. I hope Aaron is pleased with what I did with his gift. THANK YOU AARON. I also made picture frames for the family members with the verse that was put on her box.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 01:20 AM

a beautiful box ,
and a wonderful gesture .

bless the family ,
and all who knew and were touched by her .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 01:33 AM

My condolences go out to you and your family , What a great gift you made for her and everyone to remember her by.
You did a superb job my friend

God Bless

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 01:41 AM


Mimi and I send our prayers to you and your family.

What a wonderful way to honor such a great Lady.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-04-2010 02:19 AM

Hi Tom;

Sorry to hear about your family’s loss.

Very nice job on this, Tom.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 09-04-2010 02:52 AM

Tom, I fitting tribute. She will always be with your family. Very nicely done.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 09-04-2010 03:22 AM

Nicely done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 09-04-2010 04:33 AM

I am so sorry to hear of your familys loss. You have made your MOM proud with all your work of Love for her. A great job you have done! Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 09-04-2010 06:15 AM

Thats a beautiful box, and I am sorry for your lost.

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 10:47 AM

My condolences go out to you and your family. I’m very sure that she is proud of you and your work.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 09-04-2010 02:50 PM

Well done Tom. Beautiful work and the frames are a lasting to way to memoralize this special lady. Aaron, too, through his friendly gesture, shares the blessings that naturally come from generosity and thoughtfulness.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 09-04-2010 06:35 PM

Very well doneTom

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#12 posted 09-05-2010 01:34 AM

Tom, you are so very welcome. I think you used that special wood in a really important way. Great job, I am sure your family will appreciate all the effort you put into this special project. Your friend, Aaron

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#13 posted 09-05-2010 04:26 PM

A beautifully thoughtful gesture, a fine story and a great box.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 05:27 PM

That is very Wonderful, I was touched by the poem, a great looking Memorial Box and a very fitting gesture, Thank You for sharing Tom

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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