Cremation Urn - Walnut and Aromatic Cedar

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Project by Cheapguy82 posted 04-23-2019 01:31 AM 977 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple Sundays ago my father in law passed away unexpectedly. He was to be cremated so I volunteered to make an urn for his ashes.

This box is made from aromatic cedar and walnut. I put (walnut) corner splines in place and ran a strip through the boards used for the top and bottom. The sides were cut from a single piece of cedar that I split down the middle and bookmatched. I kept the pieces in order so the grain is continuous over three of the four sides. I used a simple wax finish on the outside.

My wife seems to really like it and I think that it will be a fitting place for his ashes to be. I think that it came out pretty good.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 11:15 AM

Very attractive piece. I like toe bookmatcing!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 11:39 PM

Excellent fit and finish.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-24-2019 12:39 AM

Yes, it looks great. What is the size?


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#4 posted 04-24-2019 11:47 PM

Thanks for the compliments.
Overall, its 10.5×8.5×8.5…if i had to do it over, I’d probably make is a couple inches shorter. I think that proportionally, it would look a little better that way. Having it taller allowed for family members to put items in the box, though, if they want (keepsakes, letters, etc)

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#5 posted 04-25-2019 08:13 PM

Great looking piece. Never considered cedar and walnut to be a match, but you have shown otherwise. I”ve made boxes for cremains and if they looked too good, the living hesitated to bury the piece. Will this be kept as a keepsake or put into the ground?

A little side note. When I made our own boxes I inlayed initials on the one side. When finished I noticed I had the “J” backward and had to redo it. Now the backward piece is visible in my shop as a reminder that I am not perfect!


-- Jerrybox-Boxes Unlimited

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#6 posted 04-26-2019 08:57 AM

Thanks for the compliments, Jerry.

The family is undecided about whether the box will go in the ground or not right now. It’s funny that you mention this and the engraving because (1) I’ve already had someone tell me it’s too nice to be buried and (2) I was going to engrave an initial on this one but my wife asked me to hold off because it MAY ‘just end up in the ground’ (she doesn’t want me to spend extra time on something that won’t be seen/appreciated). We’ll see what happens.

I keep my mistakes sometimes, too, as a reminder. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one!

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#7 posted 04-29-2019 06:01 AM

My condolences to you and your family. This beautiful urn storage did indeed come out good which is at the same time a tribute from you to him which is so meaningful.

-- Christopher James:

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#8 posted 05-10-2019 10:20 AM

Thanks, Christopher, for the kind words.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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