Urn box

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Project by Mrowell posted 08-17-2018 02:44 AM 1201 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you are aware I was recently asked to make a burial urn for my grandfather who recently passed away. Although initially it was intended to be rather simple pine box with splines (my dad requested pine) my grandmother loves dovetails and loved the idea of corner post dovetails so I decided to give it a try for her. I’ve done dovetails once before but never done corner post like this so it was a trial and error process.

It didn’t turn out perfect as there are a few less then perfect joints but overal I’m pleased with it.

Shout out to Alan (box guy) for taking time to send me many suggestions and advice for this project. I plan to try some boxes like those you shared when time permits.

-- Matt R

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#1 posted 08-17-2018 02:53 AM

Denice urn
Incra calls that a double dovetail

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 08-17-2018 03:29 AM

Nice urn!!


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

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#3 posted 08-17-2018 03:34 AM

Well done Matt, you did a great job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-17-2018 05:47 AM

That top is pretty darn slick. The pine is an honest wood, and plays well with others, especially his darker relatives, whatever you used for the DT Posts plays really well with the pine, TOP too.

Grandpa would likely approve.

Thanks for posting, and sorry for your loss.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-17-2018 12:28 PM

Nice urn, nice corner technique.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 08-17-2018 01:01 PM

Very nice Matt!

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

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#7 posted 08-17-2018 02:24 PM

A very fine urn. My condolences on your loss.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 08-17-2018 05:04 PM

I’ve never even heard of corner post dovetails b4, so thanks for teaching me something new.

Sorry for your loss. I’m sure you made a lot of people happy and proud with this urn.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 08-17-2018 05:31 PM

It really is a very nice urn. I would like to see how you did the corners? I can’t see the solution, based on the pictures.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#10 posted 08-18-2018 02:09 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Matt!

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 08-20-2018 03:51 PM

perfect or not id say that came out pretty good,i think grandpa would love sorry for your loss.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 08-21-2018 02:23 AM

Thank you all for the kind words! It was a sad project to undertake but I’m was honored to do it.

Cmmyakman I routed out the the tails and matching pins using the pine and paduak corner pieces, glued up two panels (front and back of the box). Then I sanded the pieces flush and re routed the paduak to accept the side panels

-- Matt R

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#13 posted 08-25-2018 03:37 AM

Matt, this really turned out well. I like the post miters. It is a nice design and look. I have had a hectic couple of weeks and missed this posting. Thanks especially for the shout out. I am always glad to help. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 08-26-2018 03:10 AM

Thanks Alan!! I’ll post future projects for sure, unfortunately it might be a while between school and moving into my new shop now that it’s finally finished.

-- Matt R

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