Urn Box for my Grandmother

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Project by dirtbagchaser posted 07-05-2011 05:36 AM 2482 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandmother passed in December 2010, she was 98 years old. My mother honored me with the request to make the box to place her ashes in. It was a really enjoyable project and I had tons of wonderful compliments. Might end up making a few more for some extra $$$. Box was made from curly red maple, inlayed with walnut strips and walnut/ebony herringbone veneer. Corners mitered with walnut. Finish was done with clear stain just to make the grain pop and keep a natural color, then finished with semi-gloss lacquer. Enjoy!

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 06:02 AM

Nicely Done! I too am making a box for my mother-in-law’s ashes. Hope mine turns out as nice as yours.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 01:44 PM

Very well done!! Your grandmother would be proud of you as i’m sure your mother is also.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 03:20 PM

I have to admit the urns I’ve seen here made me blink. I’m too used to thinking an urn has to be vase-shaped, I think. My mom is 79 and has already told me she plans to donate her body to science, and the place she’s registered with will cremate the remains and return them to us. Hence my interest in urns, as well.

I think this urn is lovely, and you did an awesome job.


-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 07:45 PM

Elegant and Fitting gesture for Your Grand Mother, Your work is exquisite, tasteful, and precise, Wonderful job and very generous of You to share Your talent with Your Family and Us, Thank You

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 02:15 AM

That is a very beautiful and fitting tribute to your grandmother. My only critique would be to align the screws on the engravling so they are either both horizontal or both vertical.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 02:19 AM

great lookin urn, I would love to see a blog on how you did the cross?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 03:30 AM

What a great looking urn. Wonderful job.

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 04:41 AM

Well done, very nice. The time and workmanship you put into it shows how much you cared for her. Is it going to be placed in the home for others to see, or is it going to be put into a vault?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 04:48 AM

I have been asked to do what you have done. It’s hard but it’s a good thing to do. Thanks for sharing, it looks great.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#10 posted 07-10-2011 07:28 AM

Wow, thank you all for the very generous comments, they are all greatly appreciated!

Pat – Thanks for the tip, I never even noticed,but will remember next time! ;-)

Bigike – Inlay was very simple, just some delicate router and chisel work, to be honest, it was my first inlay work. I took two strips of the inlay on a piece of glass then set my router on top of them. Lower your bit down to the glass and you automatically set the depth for the inlay. I dont cut the entire section out, I rough it in then clean it up with a sharp chisel. I did have one flaw where I tried to use an exacto knife to clean a corner and drug it past my outline, left a deep scratch that I didnt catch until I applied finish. Plenty of online articles on inlay work to follow, dont take it from me…..Im still a roookie!

HallTree- It is sitting on a shelf at my mothers house now in Florida, and as crazy as it sounds, since they have retired to there, they know plenty of people that might be in need of one in the near future so I have actually had some requests to build more. Might put a little extra change in the ole pocket.

No plans for this, just looked at some different styles on line and drew up my own design. The smart thing I did was that I made a mock container. The ashes are typically given back in a sealed plastic container. I obtained the dimensions for the container and then evaluated my design around that mock container. it also helped in assuring that everything was going to fit.

good luck to all!

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