Memory box for my Brother-in-Law

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Project by wb8nbs posted 10-18-2011 04:28 PM 2157 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Brother-in-Law passed away suddenly and my sister asked if I would make a box for the remains. I put this together in 2 days. Because of the short time frame, some of the features were afterthoughts and not executed as well as I would have liked. There are a lot of memorys in the wood itself, most of it has family connections, either from the farm we grew up on, or given to me by my Brother-in-Law.

I used box joints for the Black Walnut body, transitioned to miter corners on the bottom. The top is Butternut. I thought it would be better to not have any end grain on the edges so cut the Butternut into triangles and glued up the lid you see. It has a raised panel style cut on the top (first time I’ve done that, came out good) so the edges are not 3/4 thick. I cut a groove around the bottom edge of the lid to fit over the box body, this is visible in the last photo. The lid handle and feet (afterthought) are made from Spalted Oak. After discussing with my sister, I added an internal partition so she could keep remains in the bottom and photos etc. above. This was done after the sides were glued up, I used a half inch trim router bit with a 3/8 inch bearing to cut the internal ledge. The partition is a bit of salvaged mahogany veneer plywood I had on hand and used because it was very thin. You can see the partition and the thin ledge in the second photo. The bottom of the box is Cherry from the family farm.

Finish is four coats of Watco natural and some paste wax.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 05:00 PM

I am sorry for your family’s loss. The box is a beautiful tribute.


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#2 posted 10-18-2011 05:05 PM

A beautiful box on such short notice. I’m sorry for your loss.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 05:39 PM

Our Condolences for Your loss, Very Nice job on this box, a fitting gesture that will stay with, and help give comfort into the future

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 10:32 PM

This box will give a sense of comfort to ease the pain of the loss and have great meaning. I grieve with you.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 07:17 AM

I did the same thing for my brother-in-law a little over 2 years ago. He was a Master cabinet maker and my inspiration. Some of the wood that I made his box from was from his own collection. I miss him very much.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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