My Urn

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-04-2019 10:08 PM 630 views 2 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will be my resting place when I kick the bucket. It is an urn made from 8 cherry staves that were 3 1/2”wide, 2 5/8 ” thick and 11” long. The finished size is 8” diameter, 12 1/2” high and holds 265 cubic inches( like the first Chevy V-8 ).

It was bored from the bottom and then had a bottom glued in with a spigot on it so I could turn it around and hold it in the chuck to bore the top end.
The top has pins in it and it locks in with bayonet style grooves. Once filled with ashes, the grooves can be filled with epoxy and the top installed for good. LJ kposty will laser letter the top with my name and dates when the time comes. He has to outlive me!! Thanks in advance, Ken!!!

I added some process shots of my new articulated boring bar with the laser on it that I used to do the hollowing. I had to switch to the 4 wheel steady rest so the laser would not hit the top wheel bracket on the 3 wheel support.

It is finished on the inside with shellac and on the outside with Danish oil and wipe on satin poly.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 11-04-2019 10:31 PM

just a tad morbid but a heck of a nice urn. really like the latching system Jim

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-04-2019 10:33 PM

beautiful urn jim really like the way it locks the top on,and the finish is top notch.hopefully this wont be needed for a long time my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 11-04-2019 11:10 PM

Nice urn Jim but a bit premature isn’t it? Cheers.

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

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#4 posted 11-04-2019 11:26 PM

First let me say that I hope this does not get used for a VERY long time.

But I am glad that you are planning ahead and taking the stress off your loved ones, and it is a beautiful example of skills as a wood worker.

Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 11-04-2019 11:54 PM

I’t very nice Jim, that’s thinking “inside the box”. Ok bad joke! I hope you won’t need it for many year to come.

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

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#6 posted 11-05-2019 12:13 AM

That’s planning ahead, Jim. Hope it’s a loooong time before you need it.

Cool hollowing rig and laser setup.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 11-05-2019 12:43 AM

That’s thinking ahead Jim, hopefully way ahead!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 11-05-2019 12:56 AM

Jim I agree with everyone else. Nice urn and hope it’s not needed for many years. You still have a whole bunch to teach us so don’t even think about skipping out until you have done so.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 11-05-2019 01:33 AM

Sometimes it nice to see what will be. I find this not much different than those picking out headstones, and caskets so their survivors don’t have to deal with it at a bad time.

Like others, hoping you don’t have move in plans anytime soon.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 11-05-2019 01:36 AM

Nothing like being organised Jim.
Great job mate..
Hope you are around for a while yet!!!!!!!


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 11-05-2019 01:37 AM

... and you even Signed it!

I hope you don’t have to use it very soon… :)

Very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 11-05-2019 02:21 AM

Beautiful urn that will only get better with age. I get it. Embrace the inevitable, so you can enjoy everything else.

-- Galootish log blog,

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

Beautiful looking and sad at the same time. I know you mentioned a few times that cherry was a favorite wood of yours. I know from from experience and I’m sure you know the same that keeping active will keep you going. So I’m sure you will be around for some time yet. You may want to add a few small hand tools in there in case you get bored.
I hope you’ve been teaching those elves everything you know.
I guess I have to ask, did this piece of cherry say it wanted to be your urn?

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

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#14 posted 11-05-2019 04:20 AM

Nothing like thinking ahead Jim.It looks real nice.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#15 posted 11-05-2019 06:01 AM

Well, why not? People build their own caskets, don’t they? Hey. Just between you and me and the fence post, and, don’t tell anyone who matters about it: Put a package of epoxy inside that’ll only be found when it’s needed.
An outstanding piece of work, Jim. Just like you.

-- Mark

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