Ashes Box for a Friend

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Project by jbschutz posted 02-13-2020 12:58 AM 701 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My good neighbor has decided to get things in order…....will, funeral plans, and even a box for his crements.
I discussed his taste in style and wood types and he decided on quarter- sawn oak with a walnut border on the top to frame the laser engraved name and dates and a cross.
The box is 1/2 inch oak with walnut splines and measures 10×6 x 6 inches, resulting in an interior capacity of nearly 230 cubic inches, the size recommended by the funeral director.
When the time comes, he will have his family take the lid to be engraved.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 02-13-2020 02:00 AM

That’s a nice box. I’m contemplating making a couple for my wife and I. Seems a bit morbid, but satisfying at the same time. Are those dimensions that you used pretty standard? And may I ask how it opens and seals back up? I’m guessing that the bottom screws on and off?

-- Just a Joe

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#2 posted 02-13-2020 02:45 AM

A nod to you for the wonderful box.

A bigger nod to him for stepping up, and doing this so his family doesn’t have to at the time of his passing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dan Bartlett

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#3 posted 02-13-2020 03:50 AM

Nice work and a wonderful final gift. I’ve never done an ashes box. I have made a few caskets. Same thing as your neighbor, they were worried ahead of time and didn’t want to worry their families. Well done!


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#4 posted 02-13-2020 01:10 PM

Thanks for the comments, guys, The box can be any shape, but 230 cubic inches is the recommended capacity. I made this one with a removable lid, so it would be easier for laser engraving, instead of taking in the whole box. The lid is held in place with brass screws at each end.

-- jbschutz

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#5 posted 02-13-2020 01:59 PM

Nice looking box.
I made a box for my wife’s ashes. I think it’s a great tribute to someone!

-- Rich

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#6 posted 02-13-2020 06:07 PM

That oak is flaming hot.

Great work, J.B.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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