Urn for the unknown/unclaimed GI

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 09-07-2018 01:03 AM 1475 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our Guild was approached by some organizations asking for Urn’s to be used to bury veterans who’s remains were unclaimed.
There is no way in the world I can picture a veteran of this country being buried in a plastic bag or cardboard box.
I know our guild ( and many others will be happy to respond to this need.
This Urn is made from some beautiful Sapele I had, with a top of beautifully grained Maple.
It’s about 8 X 8 X 10, with a screw on bottom set in a rabbet.
The finish is Linseed oil, then several coats of oil based Polyurethane.
(I believe the local Woodcraft is going to etch the branch of service from the person who’s remains are enclosed.)
I hope you like it.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-07-2018 01:23 AM

Thank you for the respect you are showing to these veterans.

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

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#2 posted 09-07-2018 01:45 AM

God Bless!

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#3 posted 09-07-2018 02:07 AM

Thank you for the respect you are showing to these veterans.

- lew

Ditto. I’d be glad to contribute when I get some time.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 09-07-2018 02:08 AM

Thank you for doing this. Very touching.

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#5 posted 09-07-2018 03:13 AM

Thank you so much for doing that for a vet.

It strikes me as sad and exulting. Service before self. A man or woman served his nation but didn’t have family to claim his/her remains. Now his extended family, his nation and fellow country man/woman hold his/her remains in remembrance. A heartfelt thank you from another vet.

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#6 posted 09-07-2018 05:00 AM

Nice one wrecker

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 09-07-2018 05:46 AM

Hats off to you for assisting in giving a vet dignity in having a final resting place for his/her ashes.

What do you know about the agency collecting the Urns?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 09-07-2018 06:36 AM

It’s nice to see people and organizations support the VET’s. I also build Memorial Boxes, using Mahogany, Red Oak, Hickory and Poplar. With cut or routed accents. I use the router table for locking mitered joints, instead of the 45 degree cut on the table saw. They are also top loaded instead of bottom loaded with screws. The tops are rabbited to fit the box freely. I provide a small bottle of wood glue with each one, so they can fill a top trough on the box with wood glue for when they’re ready to seal it. I keep in stock metal insigne of each of the five military branches, and inlay the insigne and name plate into the wood so they’re flush. Finished with natural stain and four coats of poly. Respecting the remains with quality. The Memorial Box your showing is simple and quicker to make, and go for a good cause. KEEP UP WITH THE WORK. your work is appreciated. I did post “My recent work” a picture of a Red Oak Memorial Box with a Coast Guard insigne and name plate.

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 09:21 AM

Very nice Urn and I tip my hat to you for the good that you have done here.

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

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#10 posted 09-07-2018 09:33 AM

God bless you, and God bless all of our veterans

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#11 posted 09-07-2018 09:51 AM

Thank you for your support for this military veteran, this gift of appreciation for their service is an excellent honor to this person who honored us all with their service to our country.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 09-07-2018 10:30 AM

Ditto all comments above, what a very respectable and honorable thing to do for these veterans. I’m glad one of them will have such a beautiful burial urn, you did great work.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#13 posted 09-07-2018 10:50 AM

Very nice urn and for a real good cause! That would be nice for all guilds to do that!!


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

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#14 posted 09-07-2018 11:13 AM

many thanks to you, from myself and all the other vets, for all you are doing

-- Retired and lovin it

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#15 posted 09-07-2018 11:56 AM

very nice urn and a GREAT effort for our vets

-- 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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