Grandfather's Urn

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Project by Matt posted 05-22-2018 06:53 PM 925 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I haven’t posted any projects in the last couple of years due to my table saw being out of commission, the birth of two daughters, and all of my recent projects being of a utilitarian nature (functional, but not work I was necessarily proud of).

I now have a functional table saw and have been having more time to work on projects.

My grandfather passed away last month, and I had the honor of making an urn for his ashes. I spent a lot of time doing research here on lumberjocks, youtube, and various other places across the internet. I decided to do a raised panel top (a first for me) floating in a dado to account for wood movement. The wood is 3/4” oak sourced from Home Depot. I initially planned on doing splines on the mitered corners for aesthetics and structural support, but due to time and financial (flat tooth 10” blades aren’t cheap) constraints left the corners alone. For the bottom, I just used some pine plywood so I wouldn’t have to do as much planning/designing for wood movement. All the wood work was done on the table saw, and my wife’s cousin helped me with the engraving (access to a laser engraver being the perk of being a shop teacher). The finish was three coats of spray on lacquer rubbed down with steel wool.

The raised panel came out as good as I could have hoped for. Some of the miter joints were not as tight as I would have liked, but with a little glue, burnishing, and sanding they closed up nicely. All in all, it is the project I am most proud of to date, and my dad and aunts are well pleased with it.

-- Molon Labe

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#1 posted 05-22-2018 07:24 PM

Sorry for your loss. Your project is a wonderful tribute. I had to make them for both my parents and felt I just couldn’t do them justice. Now I get asked to make them for friends’ pets as well. A job I don’t relish.

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

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#2 posted 05-23-2018 12:33 AM

This is a very well done project and you are fortunate to have the skills and wherewithal to honor your grandfather in such a special way. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 05-23-2018 05:56 AM

Nice project for new start. Sorry for your loss of loving person.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-23-2018 12:47 PM

I’m sorry for your loss; however, you did a beautiful job on this urn.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-23-2018 01:18 PM

My sympathy to you and your family. You did a wonderful job with this urn.

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#6 posted 05-23-2018 02:27 PM

sorrry for your loss having done one for my mom i know how making this very very satisfying i touch her urn every day . nice work

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#7 posted 05-23-2018 03:48 PM

my deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss.
I know this must have been a very emotional project to do
but you have done your Grandfather and your family a great honor.
very well done !!!

-- there is no substitute for having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#8 posted 05-24-2018 04:32 PM

Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts.

-- Molon Labe

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