Grandmothers Casket < one week

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Project by TVT posted 03-29-2014 06:22 AM 3486 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago my 89 year old grandmother unexpectedly, but peacefully, passed away. Shortly after finding out I received a call from my dad and uncle asking me to build the casket with the help of some cousins and other family. I was told I had 6 days and they wanted it to be made with tongue and groove pine. Talk about a scramble. It was stressful but a huge honor.
We basically made it up as we went with only outside dimensional limits to go off of. By the time it was finished we had used T&G pine for the box and were deciding what to make the handles out of when I saw some walnut on the shelf. We trimmed it with walnut, adding a great contrast to the pine. It was suggested that we use Mineral Oil as a finish due to the time constraint. It went on easy with no odors or runs. It gave it a good shine that brought out the wood grain. After taking a few days off work and a lot of hours we completed it in time. It was finished off by my wife, sister, and mom as they did the inside lining.

-- Measure once, cut twice - you think I would learn!

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 07:46 AM

Sorry for your loss but that is a handsome casket.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 08:35 AM

Beautiful piece of tribute work.

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 09:09 AM

Wow. What an accomplishment. Not only physically, but mentally as well. Very impressive.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 11:37 AM

What an honor it must have been to be asked to do this, and what a beautiful casket you created for your grandmother. All who helped make this should be proud & honored. Very sorry for your loss, but I’m sure your grandmother is looking down upon you with a smile on her face & love in her heart.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 12:34 PM

This is truly beautiful and quite an honor. I agree physically and mentally it must have been tough.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 01:18 PM

Sorry about your loss. A blessing you could honor her in this manner. Great work may God bless you and your family in your grief.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 01:21 PM

Beautiful. There ain’t much a better way to honor such a loved family member.

-- Reinventing the "Wheel", one 800mg Ibuprofen at a time.....

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 02:46 PM

My condolences. Very nice.

-- Jeff NJ

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 03:49 PM

Sorry for your loss, nice job though looks great .
Yeah gota hate time restricted builds. I like how the walnut handles turn out,really looks nice up against the pine

-- Anthony--

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 09:49 PM

A fitting send off
Excellent work.
Was there any approval or specific requirements needed by the funeral Directors?

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 11:04 PM

Excellent job that had to be done under duress no doubt. I’m sure she is smiling down and saying “Well done”. A very nice tribute. Prayers to you and yours.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 12:28 AM

A beautiful casket built by family. That’s as good as it gets in my book.

I’m sorry for your loss but wanted you all to know what a great job you did.

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

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 12:32 AM

You and your family did a fantastic job. I’m sorry for your loss but I agree about the casket being a great tribute.

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 02:56 AM

That is the most important project I have ever seen. Well done in every way. You honored your grandmother. Your entire family honored and trusted you. I’m humbled by your accomplishment and the heart it took to do it.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 03:02 AM

I have to say this brought tears to my eyes, not only for your loss, but for the chance so many had to show their love for her. What a wonderful tribute. Great job.

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

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