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Forum topic by SeaFarin posted 03-05-2012 04:50 AM 1089 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2012 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: project suggestions fellow woodworker funeral question

This may be a weird question, but here it goes. What wood project can I make for my uncle who is a fellow woodworker and is in failing health? We’re not sure how much time we have with him and I feel I need to plan ahead. I want to honor him or his memories via a wood project for his family. Short of making his casket, what other ideas are out there? Should I make something small to go with him, or something the family can keep? Thanks for reading!

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 05:10 AM

Well, you could always toss a whittling knife and a piece of basswood in his casket.

I hope like heck they don’t bury me without a knife in my pocket. Ain’t too many days in my life when I have not had a knife with me. I guess I wouldn’t want to go on ahead without one.

For him- now- that is a tough one. I have no idea what you could make for him.

You might ask him for one small tool from his shop, to remember him by. Doesn’t matter what- let him pick, but maybe ask him to sign it for you. It will be something you will treasure, and it might make him feel good that his work left an impression on someone, and at least some part of his shop will work on.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 05:23 AM

How about a memory box. He can toss the stuff he wants to ‘take with him’ or leave behind for his family. Maybe two boxes one to take and one to leave.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 05:24 AM

If he’s a veteran, perhaps a flag box.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 04:17 PM

Posts #2 and #3 = +10
They took the words out of my mouth. And when you get a memory box completed, you could start on smaller items to help fill it (depends on how much time you have with him).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 06:25 PM

Magic boxes are always nice mementos as well as a conversation pieces. But a memory box is just as well. I am going to build a box that I saw in the latest Woodsmith magazine page 20 (vol. 34/no. 200). In my opinion you cannot make a bad box .

-- Do what you say...Say what you do.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 03:28 PM

I’m thinking a picture scrapbook with carved wood covers front and back.

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