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Well as life goes sometimes it smacks you in the teeth. My brother who put food in my mouth as a kid and acted as my mentor growing up and gave me my first job as a teenager, passed away from Cancer 8/13. it came on fast and I just thank God for the years we got to be together.

While discussing arrangements my Sister in law showed me a box for his ashes from the funeral home and I was aghast. I asked if it would be ok If I did one.

My older brother who also does woodwork was in for the funeral and so we set out together. My two teenage son's also participated. My Youngest helped with design and my oldest who just recently found the love of woodworking, provided the maple top/bottom from another project.

I encorporated into the design as much of him as I could.

1) The combat infantry badge relief from his service in Vietnam
2) Drapery - to show the sadness I feel
3) Interlocking wedding rings relief from his 47 years of marriage
4) The American Flag relief as he loved his country and VFW post
5) Finally a Beer mug relief as he loved a good gold beer and we had quite a few together

Materials: Cherry & Maple

The lid was attached via Rare earth magnets and the finsih is a simple 3 coats of lacquer

Front /sides graphics via V-Carve pro 8.5

CNC = CNC Routerparts 48×96. (first project done on the machine)

From Start to finish was 4 days.

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What a beautiful and touching work of art. A fine and suitable tribute for a brother.
 

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Lovely work and a proper tribute. I did one for my wife last year, but took me a long time to get started.
 

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Thanks. I had 4 days as they did a tribute to him at the VFW and I had a deadline. It helped. 250 showed up and paid tribute.
 

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Gorgeous piece of work and fantastic tribute to a life with family. Condolences on your loss, but it's great that in the making of this it brought the rest of your family together to throw in on it.
 

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Wonderful box and a great turn out for your brother at the VFW.
 

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As someone who also had the make a funeral box, mine for my father, you have my sympathy and admiration. Lovely lasting tribute to a loving family member.
 

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You have my deepest sympathy. That is a beautiful tribute to you brother.

Jim
 

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I'm sorry for your loss, but a nice story of woodworking bringing others in the family together to honor, remember and cherish.
 

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A good tribute that included the efforts of a loving family, you could not have shown love any better than that!
 

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That is a beautiful box Bones. I'm very sorry you had to make it.
 

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sure sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful box and tribute to your brother.
 

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Lovely work and a proper tribute. I did one for my wife last year, but took me a long time to get started.

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so sorry for your loss I can't imagine the pain. God bless
 

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So sorry for your loss. What a gr8 undertaking of you all creating this. Very heartfelt. I thank him for his service. May he forever rest in peace. God bless you and your family
 
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