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Project by filmorgan posted 05-27-2022 04:01 PM 520 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been asked to build several projects as tributes to lost loved ones – a couple of urns, memory boxes, Flag cases, frames, etc. I always consider it an honor.

This one was a challenge (made out of one solid piece of oak), but I’m pleased with the result. When routing the rabbit in the back for the glass and pictures, I set up a couple of trim routers with different bits so I could do the back and front at the same time without having to change bits. BIG MISTAKE!! I need to throw my junk routers away. The depth stop slipped and gouged a huge chunk from that tiny little piece between the pictures. I ended up making a new piece and gluing it in. Lots of work, but my “fix-it” skill are really coming along and the patch is hard to see even if you are looking for it. Yeah!!! I’m proving the woodworking adage – I may not be getting better at woodworking, but I’m getting better at fixing my mistakes!

I dyed the back panel with india ink. Love that stuff! I decided to try my engraver on it and the effect was really cool. It is invisible when looking straight on, but when tilted in the light my name pops right out.

Finishing this right before Memorial Day seemed very appropriate.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com





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pottz

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#1 posted 05-27-2022 04:22 PM

that is a beautiful tribute phil.ive done a few urns myself and being something that i wish i never had to,it brings me joy knowing i helped give them some peace at a difficult time.the fix looks great by the way.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-27-2022 04:26 PM

It’s a great tribute Phil. Loved one projects are never easy to do. The engraving looks great.

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

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filmorgan

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#3 posted 05-27-2022 04:54 PM

Yes, I was asked to make an urn for a friend whose 20 yr old son committed suicide. Tough one. It turned out really nice. I’ll post that as a project in the future.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#4 posted 05-27-2022 05:31 PM



Yes, I was asked to make an urn for a friend whose 20 yr old son committed suicide. Tough one. It turned out really nice. I ll post that as a project in the future.

- filmorgan


my hardest one was for my best friend and co worker of 37 years, a lot of emotion went into that one.sadly i also made an urn for his daughter several years prior that died unexpectedly.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 05-27-2022 06:53 PM

Nice work Phil, looks great.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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filmorgan

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#6 posted 05-27-2022 08:38 PM

Pottz, I agree, no one should have to outlive their kids. I have been blessed in that area and am thankful everyday.

Thanks Tom!

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#7 posted 05-27-2022 10:16 PM

That’s a real good frame. Well done!

I have been asked to make a picture frame. I might look into the solid piece as a way to do it.

Thanks for posting this.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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filmorgan

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#8 posted 05-28-2022 12:02 AM

Hi Hairy,

If you decide to try a solid frame, give me a shout. I learned some things by trial and error on cutting and shaping the openings. Be glad to pass it on.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#9 posted 05-28-2022 03:01 AM

Very nice tribute Phil. A well done frame and the engraving looks great.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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filmorgan

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#10 posted 05-28-2022 03:03 AM

Thank you Eric. I’ve been following your Moxon progress. Good stuff!!

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#11 posted 05-28-2022 03:08 AM

Appreciate that Phil, I posted as a project a little while ago

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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filmorgan

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#12 posted 05-28-2022 03:18 AM

My next shop build is a triple router table. I’ve been soaking up projects to find helpful details I can add to my design.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#13 posted 05-28-2022 01:21 PM

Nice tribute, Phil and that repair is what makes a woodworker. You have to know how to recover!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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filmorgan

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#14 posted 05-28-2022 01:24 PM

Thanks, Jim. I was telling my wife, that a few years ago I would have had to start all over, but now instead of getting mad, I start figuring out how to fix it.

-- Phil, Missouri, http://www.HarmonyHeartwood.com

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#15 posted 05-28-2022 08:44 PM

Hello again Phil,

Nice job on the Memorial frame.

I will watch out for your triple router build, as a raised panel and beaded frame builder i would love one but for me a of the shelf one is both cost prohibitive and unavailable in Australia. hece my dream.

-- Regards Rob

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