Final Resting Place

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Project by Carbide posted 02-18-2014 02:55 PM 2391 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine was very close to his Beagle named Frank. They had been together for 10 1/2 years. Frank was very sick and didn’t have long to live. Scott and Crystal (Franks masters) wanted a nice burial for him and didn’t want a store bought plastic box to put him in. They wanted something hand made with love and sweat. They didn’t know what to do and they were running out of time. They turned to me and asked me if I would build Frank a casket. I told them that I would be happy to. The original design was just supposed to be a plain oak box with Franks name engraved on top and a few decorative accents placed on the sides. I got into building it and decided to go all out and make Frank a really nice casket that he would be proud to have his body placed in. I used oak plywood for the box. I blocked up the name plate to raise it from the top. Then I hand crafted 5” crown moulding to put around the name plate. I then crafted brackets for the pallbearer handles and used a 1”dowel rod then attached the handles. I was about to put finish on and I received a call from Crystal and she said that Frank had stopped eating and it was only a matter of time. I got the finish sprayed on and they picked the casket up the following day. They didn’t want Frank to die in any more pain so they took him to the vet the following morning and put him down. That afternoon they laid Frank to rest in his beautiful casket.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 02:57 PM

Very nicely done. I am sure it was appreciated.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 03:02 PM

This is very nice and I’m sure that they were both pleased with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 03:45 PM

aww…so sad for Frank and his parents.
Always hard to say goodbye to our furry friends. This was a very nice thing to do for them.

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 04:17 PM

Very nice! And most people don’t get such a nice casket, I’m sure they are very pleased.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 05:38 PM

Very nice project and an equally touching story…....

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 05:44 PM

Very touching! My complements on a great job plus the care and concern that went with it. I’m glad that they went to the vet. We had to do that with two of our dogs in the past. Not an easy thing to do.
Thanks for the photo and the story.

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#7 posted 02-18-2014 05:57 PM

Thanks everybody. Your comments are very appreciated. The owners thought I did an amazing thing for them. I take statements like that to the heart.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#8 posted 02-18-2014 07:23 PM

A very heart felt project and extremely well crafted. I’m sure Frank would have approved too.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 02-18-2014 09:26 PM

Thank you for sharing this project and touching story as we have all had a close pet in our lives at some time.


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#10 posted 02-18-2014 09:29 PM

That is a beautiful resting place for Frank, nice design and well made…. both Masters and Frank are very pleased with your caring gift to them all…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 02-18-2014 11:10 PM

A very nice and heartfelt thing to do for friends in need.

-- PER Larry

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 12:22 AM

You are a good friend sir!
Very nicely done.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 01:35 AM

A very nice casket indeed. You are a good friend.

I built the casket for my Peggy Sue on the day she died and it was the hardest project I have done through all the tears.

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

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 02:41 AM

You did a good job. I’m working on a box for the ashes of one of our dogs (Brody) right now. It’s been almost a year since we had to say goodbye, but I haven’t been able to finish it because I want it to be perfect (literally).

-- Marc,

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#15 posted 02-19-2014 11:16 AM

Great job and special project for the buddy…. I have a Lab that is 10 and love her dearly…. Amazing how close we all become to our four legged friends. Hats off to you! You have made it just a little better for them in this hard time.

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

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