Pet Memorial Boxes (Urns)

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Project by Michael posted 08-08-2012 03:24 PM 4070 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lesson Learned: when making a small project, never make just one. I was commissioned to make a Pet Memorial Box last month. I made one and it turned out pretty nice. So, of course, I’ve been asked to make more by other people. So here are five in five different types of wood (Cocobolo, Padauk, Figured Sapele, Walnut, & Wenge). All finished in teak oil.

The boxes have two compartments, the top section under a hinged lid can hold photos, a collar, or other mementos. The bottom compartment is intended to hold the cremated remains of a pet and is accessed by removing four screws securing the base. The picture frame on the front is designed so that a photo can drop down into it via a narrow slot at the top.

Dimensions (cm):
Top & Bottom: 26×16
Front & Back: 23×11.5
Sides: 11×11.5
Divider: 22×11

All pieces were planed to 15mm except for the picture frame which was planed to about 4mm. The dado in the sides are about 1cm deep.

The picture frame was designed around a 4”x6” photo (which was actually 10.2cm x 15.2cm).
The frame is 11.4cm x 16.4cm.
The opening is 9.2cm x 14.2cm.

EDIT: I just got some feedback from a client…the ashes from a 73 pound dog (barely) fit into this sized urn. I had designed it based on information I had on the ash volume of a 60 pound dog.

-- ~Michael,

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 03:54 PM

I really like your choice of woods. All are really nice looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-08-2012 04:35 PM

Some beautiful wood in these boxes !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-08-2012 10:46 PM

A very nice place for a very loved pet. All, very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 01:21 AM

Those are all beautiful urns and the keepsake area and photo slot are great additions. My beloved JRT is 18 years old so I probably have one of these in my near future :(

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 01:27 AM

Nicely done and I also love the pictures places also.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 08:47 AM

Nice job I have a Chlt Lab who is 9 I keep thinking I need to make a perfect one but hope its not for a long time!!! Amazing how we love those 4 legged friends!!!!

Really nice idea in the plans, Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 09:24 PM

I love your boxes! All parts are secured with screws?!

-- António Guerreiro

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 10:04 AM

The only screws are the four on the bottom that are securing the base and provide access to the compartment for ashes. The four sides are butt joints with glue and wrought iron nails. The divider is resting in dado joints cut into the side pieces, and the picture frame is glued in place.

-- ~Michael,

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#9 posted 08-10-2012 12:12 PM

I was happy for his explanation Elwood! I will start to follow their projects Lindos! Congratulations once again friend!

-- António Guerreiro

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