Cremation Urn Box

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Project by shopmania posted 11-29-2010 11:31 PM 5354 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s grandmother passed on Thursday night, after a prolonged stay in a nursing home. She was 87, and well loved. It was my honor to be asked to make this for her. I was able to make it in a few hours, form a 4’ 1×12 of clear pine. It is stained with a coat of English Walnut and a coat of Red Mahogany stain. The cross is stained with honey oak(also from the pine board). It is finished with spay lacquer.

These boxes can be very expensive at a funeral home. A gift like this can be an emotional gift to both the maker and the family, but also save the family a tidy sum. Thanks for looking.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 12:21 AM

First, I’m sorry for your loss. It’s a tough thing to go through. Did it last year at this time for my dad. She would be very proud as well as the family i’m sure that you did this for her. That comes from the heart. My prayers are with you and your family.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 12:55 AM

Beautiful work, very sensative emotional gift. I admire your ability to build an urn in stressful, difficult times such as this. I hesitate to quiz you too much. When you can I would like to know how you knew the size to use, and are there any guidelines published anywhere to go by.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 01:08 AM

Also, sorry for your loss. That is nice work and I’m sure that many memories flooded your mind as you worked.
There was a thread by another LJ member. The rule-of-thumb, if I remember correctly, is one cubic inch of space for each pound of body weight.

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 03:18 AM

What the Funeral director told me was that it should be able to hold a bout a 5 lb. bag of sugar. I think this is probably just a little bigger than it needs to be. I basically made it so it would be proportioned nicely, and making sure I could cut all the panels from the 4’ board. Thank you for your nice comments and condolences.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 03:28 AM

I too, am sorry to hear about your loss but felt the need to tell you that the box is very nice looking and will honor her very niclely.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#6 posted 11-30-2010 03:55 PM

My condolences to you and your family :-(
Very well done box for the cremains, it will be greatly appreciated, and like you said, its a big savings too.
Here is a link to one I made and a little more info I came across on how to figure the size required.
Perhaps it will benefit someone,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 11-30-2010 05:27 PM

Sorry for your loss, You did a great job on the box.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 01:24 AM

Sorry about your loss. You did a great job on it.
I too was asked to make an urn for my motherinlaw(cherry). I had a little time to make it and the funeral director was really impressed as well as the rest of the family. I have already made one for my fatherinlaw(cherry and walnut). You are correct about the price of these things. Very pricey.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 04:52 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 07:43 PM

Sorry for your loss. Very nice looking urn, and you made it in a few hours.

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

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#11 posted 12-02-2010 04:03 PM

Sorry for your loss. Very nice box – well detailed

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#12 posted 03-03-2011 01:15 AM

sorry for your loss. my parents have asked me to build urn boxes for them some day.. can you give me some dementions and the lid is it attached by hing or was it secured after the remains were added???

-- eat crap

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#13 posted 03-26-2016 07:07 AM

I have made a few urns for pets/people and I’ve learned that there is no reason to be in a hurry about it. The deceased won’t know the difference between being in a nice DIY urn or the plastic ones they are put in originally, & the bereaved will understand it taking more time to have a beautiful urn (as you made here) produced. There is simply no rush despite what a funeral director may or may not tell you.

It’s a absolute shame how the industry tries to take advantage of people during this time in their lives. There are strict Federal Laws regarding what they can “talk” you into & what they cannot do. Most do not know that you can pick a casket from an online retailer and the funeral parlor has to allow it in their parlor & that is just one tidbit of information regarding this topic, there are many more but I’ll not take up more time talking about them. All of the funeral directors in my area know me well as I’ve gone with dozens of family and friends to help arrange things which resulted in the funeral services going from thousands to a few hundred. I literally detest these type of business because of how they attempt to profit from their deceptive practices.

Anyway, you done a very nice job and your heart was in the absolute right place in doing this project!

-- EdwardNorton

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