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Maple and Walnut Urn Boxes

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Project by Pwilhelm posted 05-16-2019 12:07 AM 605 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these boxes for my mother and three of my siblings and myself to contain my father’s ashes. My dad was instrumental in my love of wood and woodworking and he died in February after a heart attack in January. He told us that he’d like each of us to have some of his ashes if we would like, so I built several boxes from some curly maple and walnut, the more figured lids of two of the boxes came from a piece of walnut my dad had given me from his shop just a few months ago. The smaller ones are 5” x 6” and about 5” tall and larger one is 6” x 7” and about 6” tall and is for my mom. I had never used purpleheart before so the top and bottom of my box is purpleheart. I used several coats of Minwax Tung Oil finish topped by a couple coats of Minwax Satin Wipe-On Poly with light 400 grit and 1500 grit sanding in between. My brother Mark (MWilhelm) is making his own box, (now that he has finished his PhD) so I didn’t make one for him.





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SubmarineChief

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#1 posted 05-16-2019 05:48 AM

Those look great! Did you use the Incra I-box for the joinery?

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#2 posted 05-16-2019 11:57 AM

These turned out great. The joints really add to them. Great work.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#3 posted 05-16-2019 01:26 PM

Beautiful – I very much like the chamfer at the top and bottom edges.

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#4 posted 05-16-2019 01:32 PM

Very nice, I’ve never used curly maple, but I am going to try to make a box out of it.
But I think I might use all maple instead of a contrasting wood top, would that look good?

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#5 posted 05-16-2019 01:51 PM

those are all just gorgeous your family im sure is proud to have those.im sorry for your lose.

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Pwilhelm

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#6 posted 05-17-2019 10:27 AM


Those look great! Did you use the Incra I-box for the joinery?

- SubmarineChief

I used a Porter Cable dovetail jig. It also does two different sizes of box joints. I need to try the dovetail joints next and explore its capabilities.

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Pwilhelm

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#7 posted 05-17-2019 10:35 AM



Very nice, I ve never used curly maple, but I am going to try to make a box out of it.
But I think I might use all maple instead of a contrasting wood top, would that look good?

- badluck

I think part of the cool look of the box joints is the contrasting side color vs front color of the box where it shows in the corners. One of these boxes is soft maple on all four sides with a walnut top and bottom. The end grain is darker in the joints, but it’s not quite as contrasting as the walnut. The lid could be made of whatever nice species you may have laying around, I don’t think it has to be one color or another. Curly maple is beautiful when the project is finished, but it’s a little difficult to work with because it likes to chip out when planing, jointing, and occasionally when routing the box joints. Go slow and keep your tool sharp.

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