Tiger maple urn

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Project by pneufab posted 12-23-2012 03:03 AM 2123 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Father in Law’s cat passed away earlier this year. He had the cat cremated so before he purchased an urn, I offered to make him an box for his remains. He was an orange cat so I decided to use orange dye as the main color. The brass inlay is a 1/8” x 1/8” square. The design was basically the curved top box plan floating around the net, but with a few changes. I had to adjust the dimensions to fit the remains. I also decided to make the top fixed (groove in the top and a tongue in the front and back) and make the bottom removable with 6 #4 brass screws.

The finish isn’t as nice as I hoped it would turn out, but it is what it is so I am trying to work on accepting it. :)

Thanks for looking. Merry Christmas!

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 03:05 AM

the finish looks great dont worry about it, nice job

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 03:51 AM

Beautiful beautiful Urn


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#3 posted 12-23-2012 04:27 AM

That’s a nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 02:51 PM

Great work. I like the finish.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 01:00 AM

I think your finish is fine. If it is any help here is my method. click. and scroll down. The brass work is a nice touch too.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 02:05 AM

I think that turned out very well (including the finish).

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

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 12:37 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

To be honest, I like the color and the dye, but the lacquer was difficult to get really smooth and I got a few sags. (not runs)

All of my refinishing experience comes from automotive refinish (I work in that field for a distributor for almost 12 years)...I am learning that painting metal is a bit different than refinishing wood. I know what to do to prep and if I make a mistake, how to fix it and what to look for when painting and clearing metal. Wet sanding and buffing are common to remove orange peel and bring out the gloss. is my last painting project (off topic)..this paint is dry in the pictures.. no runs, no sags, very little orange peel, no dry spots.. Did not have to cut and buff.

Wood is a bit different for me.

Box guy – I will try your technique on my next project. Thanks!

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