A couple of urns

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Project by jbmaine posted 09-21-2020 08:25 PM 591 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, This was a bittersweet project for me. My mom passed this Spring, and her wish was that her and my dad’s ashes ( he passed nine years ago) were to be laid to rest together in the family plot. My dad first got me interested in woodworking when I was a kid, so I thought it fitting to make them an urn out of wood. At the same time I made a second one for me and my wife for when our time comes. My mom and dad always said ” when our time comes, no muss, no fuss, just put us in the ground” so I made these nice but not ornate. The wood is white oak. The joinery is box joints for the sides, a floating panel for the bottom with silicone caulking in the grooves ( to keep out moisture) and a simple lid. The sizes are ( outside) 12 1/2” x 10 1/2” x 9” The finish is aniline dye to color the wood followed by McCloskey man o war gloss spar varnish. I didn’t like the varnish at first, It was too thick and I couldn’t get it smooth. However, I played around with it and found that by thinning it to about 40% varnish and 60% mineral spirits I made a thin wiping varnish, and several coats later it was like glass. The only other thing I did different was locating/ locking /the lid down. I made a locating ” frame” attached to the underside of the lid ( with screws and washers and oversized holes that will allow the lid to move with out splitting) I drilled thru the side of the urn and frame in several places and made brass pins. When I am ready to seal the lid on I will insert the pins and it will be permanently locked. Thanks for looking, Jim

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 09:00 PM

look very nice I should think about making one for myself
That way there will be no complaints!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 09-22-2020 01:37 AM

Sorry for you losses. Nice work on the project.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-22-2020 05:06 AM

Great job on these two projects, sorry for the reason you had to do them for. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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