Design And Build - Memorial Pet Urn

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Blog series by Brad_Nailor updated 04-16-2011 03:11 AM 4 parts 14975 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Working out a Design - Sketchup Renders

02-28-2011 03:34 AM by Brad_Nailor | 2 comments »

Recently, we lost a valued member of our family. Sam was a silver tiger cat, who was born on St. Patrick’s day, 1992….he was 19. So I was preparing to build a pet urn for his ashes to be kept in my wife reminded me that we still had ashes from our boxer Lucas, who had passed a few years ago. Since these two were buddies in life, and now that Sammy has gone to the great cat box in the sky I thought it would be nice to make matching urns for them. I looked online, and on here at som...

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Part 2: Decisions, Decisions....Your Opinion Please..

04-02-2011 10:26 PM by Brad_Nailor | 12 comments »

OK…when I last left you with this blog, I was going to make matching urns for the cat and dog. Turns out that included in the fee we paid to have Sammy the cat cremated, it included a rather nice urn….so I will be making a single one just for Lucas the boxer. In the last blog I decided to change the orientation of the box so I could fit a framed 4×6 photo of Lucas on the front of the box along with a brass nameplate. Also, it turns out that after making these changes, I do...

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Part 3: Making Some Progress

04-08-2011 01:44 AM by Brad_Nailor | 3 comments »

OK when we last spoke, it was decided that the urn would have Maple sides, and Walnut top, bottom and miter splines… So I printed out a cut list and got to work. I cut all the pieces of maple slightly over sized so I could sneak up on the miters and get them perfect. Then I planed and rough sized the walnut for the tops and bottoms. The maple pieces were cut from a board I had planed down to 9/16 some time ago and the pieces were slightly cupped…not good for tight miters. I dec...

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Part 4: Using My New Spline Kerf Cutting Jig

04-16-2011 03:11 AM by Brad_Nailor | 3 comments »

Since I last spoke with you… I did a little preliminary sanding and cleanup of the box, sanding the inside and outside along with the top and bottom to 150. I noticed that the box corners have a slight concave curve due to the cupping of the side pieces. Nothing I can do about it now, so i guess it’s just become a design element! But the real headliner was the spline jig I just built. This will be the first time I use it. I mounted the two outside blades from my dado set shi...

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