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This will be my resting place when I kick the bucket. It is an urn made from 8 cherry staves that were 3 1/2"wide, 2 5/8 " thick and 11" long. The finished size is 8" diameter, 12 1/2" high and holds 265 cubic inches( like the first Chevy V-8 ).

It was bored from the bottom and then had a bottom glued in with a spigot on it so I could turn it around and hold it in the chuck to bore the top end.
The top has pins in it and it locks in with bayonet style grooves. Once filled with ashes, the grooves can be filled with epoxy and the top installed for good. LJ kposty will laser letter the top with my name and dates when the time comes. He has to outlive me!! Thanks in advance, Ken!!!

I added some process shots of my new articulated boring bar with the laser on it that I used to do the hollowing. I had to switch to the 4 wheel steady rest so the laser would not hit the top wheel bracket on the 3 wheel support.

It is finished on the inside with shellac and on the outside with Danish oil and wipe on satin poly.

Cheers, Jim

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just a tad morbid but a heck of a nice urn. really like the latching system Jim
 

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beautiful urn jim really like the way it locks the top on,and the finish is top notch.hopefully this wont be needed for a long time my friend.
 

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Nice urn Jim but a bit premature isn't it? Cheers.
 

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First let me say that I hope this does not get used for a VERY long time.

But I am glad that you are planning ahead and taking the stress off your loved ones, and it is a beautiful example of skills as a wood worker.

Thanks for posting
 

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I't very nice Jim, that's thinking "inside the box". Ok bad joke! I hope you won't need it for many year to come.
 

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That's planning ahead, Jim. Hope it's a loooong time before you need it.

Cool hollowing rig and laser setup.
 

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That's thinking ahead Jim, hopefully way ahead!!
 

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Jim I agree with everyone else. Nice urn and hope it's not needed for many years. You still have a whole bunch to teach us so don't even think about skipping out until you have done so.
 

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Sometimes it nice to see what will be. I find this not much different than those picking out headstones, and caskets so their survivors don't have to deal with it at a bad time.

Like others, hoping you don't have move in plans anytime soon.
 

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Nothing like being organised Jim.
Great job mate..
Hope you are around for a while yet!!!!!!!

Bob
 

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... and you even Signed it!

I hope you don't have to use it very soon… :)

Very nice!
 

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Beautiful urn that will only get better with age. I get it. Embrace the inevitable, so you can enjoy everything else.
 

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Beautiful looking and sad at the same time. I know you mentioned a few times that cherry was a favorite wood of yours. I know from from experience and I'm sure you know the same that keeping active will keep you going. So I'm sure you will be around for some time yet. You may want to add a few small hand tools in there in case you get bored.
I hope you've been teaching those elves everything you know.
I guess I have to ask, did this piece of cherry say it wanted to be your urn?
 

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Nothing like thinking ahead Jim.It looks real nice.
 

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Well, why not? People build their own caskets, don't they? Hey. Just between you and me and the fence post, and, don't tell anyone who matters about it: Put a package of epoxy inside that'll only be found when it's needed.
An outstanding piece of work, Jim. Just like you.
 

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Very nice….you are already prepared for final journey….
 

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Thank you all for the interesting comments. Just plain facts,we're born, we live and we die. I always wanted to make my own urn and had to do it while I'm strong enough to do that heavy hollowing. I hope I don't have to use it until at least 2046.

Hi Dave, this time the wood did not speak to me. I spoke to it while was hogging out the center wood!! The pieces were laying in my friend John's barn as cut offs from one of his projects. I was over there looking at his new solar array and got to talking about the need for some big cherry pieces and I drove home with them.

Cheers, Jim
 

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I like it Jim! Now leave it gathering dust for many years ;-)
 

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it is very beautiful … and will only be better with age ….. of course mine would have to be twice that size … GREAT JOB :<))
 

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Brilliant. Beautiful urn, Jim!
 
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