When a friend looses his son......

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Project by Nick424 posted 12-24-2018 12:45 AM 1700 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend, Tom, had one of the worst possible things happen a week and a half ago. His son Jeff passed suddenly and unexpectedly. I had the unhappy pleasure of making the final resting place for his remains. Unhappy because of the loss, but pleasure because I am trusted enough to make something that will be so meaningful to them. Two boxes were needed, one for Jeff’s mother, and one for his sister. I will be making a “memory box” for Tom as soon as I can, most likely this week.

This is the idea I came up with. The top was formed with wedges to have the grain all running down, and the maple and bloodwood to add interest. The maple and bloodwood was then repeated in the splines.

As soon as I get all the information, I will laser it into the boxes.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-24-2018 12:53 AM

Beautiful job and beautiful tribute.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 12-24-2018 12:58 AM

I really like the style of the tops sad purpose thou GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 12-24-2018 01:57 AM

You are a good friend to share in their grief in such a meaningful way. God bless you :-)

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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#4 posted 12-24-2018 02:42 AM

That’s a great responsibility. Beautiful job Nick.

-- AJ

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#5 posted 12-24-2018 03:03 AM

Beautiful work on the urns.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-24-2018 06:20 AM

The design is magnificant, especialy pyramidal top. Stripes and splines look awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-24-2018 01:13 PM

Unique. Way outside the box with a wonderful design. They will value your efforts forever.

-- DonB

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#8 posted 12-24-2018 04:51 PM

Nice job Nick, the boxes are beautiful.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 12-24-2018 08:24 PM

Those are very nice. I really like how you did the grain on the tops. Great tribute.

-- Josh, Missouri

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#10 posted 12-25-2018 02:12 PM

Lovely tributes.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#11 posted 12-25-2018 02:51 PM

Not only is the design elegant but your selection of woods is outstanding as is the workmanship.
Jeff will be truly remembered as will you for your friendship. Nice job on both accounts.

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#12 posted 12-25-2018 03:08 PM

Thank you for all the nice comments. I have talked to Tom about getting the boxes to Indiana, and he wants to come pick them up himself. I have the memory box for him constructed, just working on the finish now. Ebony, walnut and maple, I really like it. I will post the project as soon as the finishing is done.

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#13 posted 12-26-2018 07:52 AM

Very tastefully done Nick, and a credit to you.

Now a question I have been meaning task since I saw your picture box post.
What on earth have you been doing on your saw table top to have so many dings in it?

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 12-27-2018 12:59 AM

That saw was from one of our plants. It was not to be used because of an accident at another plant. I think it was used for a work bench, then set outside for two years. I rescued it from the dumpster. Once home I checked to see if it ran, then spent two days with a flap wheel on the top removing rust. I cleaned it all up, tuned it, and now because it has a 5 hp motor it is my main saw, and the second one is the old one I bought new in ‘88 and it always has a dado blade in it.

This is an old picture from my workbench build, but the saw in question is on the left. It is left tilt, and the other is right tilt. it looks rough, but cuts great and makes beautiful stuff.

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#15 posted 12-27-2018 02:29 AM

Hey nothing wrong with hand me downs, My saw was a throwout from a school!
brought it home and did almost the same procedure on it

-- Regards Rob

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