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Project by doubleDD posted 05-16-2019 12:03 AM 1047 views 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother Mike passed away suddenly in March and it has been taking a toll on me trying to get my life organized. He was a LumberJock here, (madsass) It was bothering me having his ashes in the temporary plastic box they give you so I wanted to make him something more suitable. This will only be temporary also as I am spreading his ashes in many different places as we talked about.
It is made from lumber that we processed together so I feel he had a part in it too. The woods are Chestnut, Walnut, Maple and Honey Locust. Finished with satin lacquer. I made the plaque in front since he was big on fishing and made a lot of trips with me and other buddies over the years. I’m sure he likes it.

It makes me feel better now that I did this. It was my first time in the shop since February 14th.
Thanks for looking.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 05-16-2019 12:11 AM

Sorry for your loss, Dave. And glad you got to build the box, no matter it’s temporary.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 05-16-2019 12:14 AM

Supurb Tribute to your Brother Dave. Very very nice mate.
Well done to you.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#3 posted 05-16-2019 12:20 AM

It’s a beautiful box Dave. Not just because of the craftsmanship. It’s truly a tribute. Well done sir and sorry for your loss

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 05-16-2019 12:20 AM

Although we have talked about your brothers passing before I just want to give our condolences once again. I can understand how you feel about his ashes being in a plastic box; that is totally unacceptable.
The Urn you made for your brother is wonderful. I’m sure this beautiful Urn would have his approval. You designed it well and your brother would be very proud of your work. The plaque and the saying on the front is a really nice touch.

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

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#5 posted 05-16-2019 12:23 AM

sorry for your loss Dave but you have made one beautiful resting box for him GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 05-16-2019 12:45 AM

Absolutely beautiful tribute Dave, I’m sure he’s beaming with pride. Thank you for introducing me to LumberJocks, and for sharing all your work, generosity and knowledge. My sympathies on your loss, glad this gets you one step farther along. Everytime I use one of his tools, I often think of you both and how you must have approached your work. I can only hope to reach the level of talent you both enjoyed together.

Best Regards

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#7 posted 05-16-2019 01:33 AM

It’s beautiful Dave. So sorry to hear that you lost your brother. What a blow that must have been. Beautiful work and an appropriate tribute.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 05-16-2019 01:48 AM

Hi Dave. Sorry to hear about the loss you your brother, you have my deepest sympathy, my friend!
that is a beautiful urn for a resting place for him until he move on!


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

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#9 posted 05-16-2019 02:56 AM

Very nice- sorry for your loss.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 05-16-2019 03:00 AM

Thanks Dave. I think we are all temporary but at least we still have place.

Thanks Anthony. Building the urn has gotten me going again.

Kdc, I was so glad to be able to use some of the lumber we made together. It was almost as if he was there helping me build it.

Hi Tony. When I gave him the card you sent, he had a big smile. You should of seen the expression on his face when he said, who the hell do I know in Florida. LOL. It’s those moments that will stay with me forever.

Thanks GR8HUNTER. I know having LJ’s reply to this is giving him comfort.

Thanks schucrew. Knowing that another LJ is using his tools will give him a nice feeling. Glad I got you to join and hope to see you on here more. LJ is a great community and you can learn anything on here from fellow members.

Thanks Jerry. It’s beena little rough on me but I’m starting to get back into things.

Thanks Jim. After I distribute all his ashes I will re purpose the box and keep it around for me to remember.

Thanks Mike. Much appreciated.

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

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#11 posted 05-16-2019 03:19 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. The craftsmanship and love in this urn is priceless. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 05-16-2019 03:47 AM

Sorry the hear of your loss Dave, that sure is a beautiful urn and will be lasting memory. Hope all goes well for you in the future.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 05-16-2019 04:45 AM

Great box, you honored him well!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 05-16-2019 10:08 AM

Dave it’s such a beautiful piece, especially the edge banding on the lid. The love and care really shines through in this… We can all tell that it’s more than just another project.

There’s a quote that comes to mind by Kurt Vonnegut: Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things

I’m sure you will remember and cherish all the little things that you have done with your brother, again I express my condolences to you and your family.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 05-16-2019 11:30 AM

Thanks hoss. There is love in the box. A brothers love is different than many others.

Thanks Bob. Life is getting back to normal.

Thanks Ivan. Hoping since it made me feel good it make him feel the same.

You said it well Tooch. we sometimes don’t appreciate things until they’re gone.

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

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