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Blog entry by Rustic posted 01-13-2012 01:15 AM 6511 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, today was great until I got home. Gotta a call from my sister that my Uncle had passed away this afternoon.
He passed away from pneumonia, he also had throat and lung cancer, as well as tumors in the brain.

I will be making his Urn. I am thinking a box made from walnut. Does anyone know how big it needs to be?

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 01:19 AM

I know it goes on the size of the person …. I’m sorry for your loss …

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 01:19 AM

Hi Rick. Sorry to hear about you uncle. I checked with a funeral home on the size of urns and they told me 1 cubic inch for each pound of the cremated person.
So a 200 pound person would need 200 cubic inches or 5×5x8….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 01:21 AM

Sorry about your uncle:
In general, many memorial industry professionals have adopted the following – easy to remember – rule of thumb:

1 pound of Body Weight = 1 cubic inch of Urn Space (little less)


175 lbs. person needs an urn with 160 cubic inches (it is ok to have a little extra space in the urn)
200 lbs. person needs an urn with 180 cubic inches
250 lbs. person needs an urn with 230 cubic inches

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 01:43 AM

Rustic: Sorry for your loss.

May you be blessed in making the Urn.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 01:45 AM

thanks guys

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 01:59 AM

I’m very sorry for your loss Rick.
Everybody is steering you right here, 1 cu. in. per 1 lb…
But nowhere does it say that all of the remains need go in it…
Family members frequently ask for some of the ashes as a remembrance…
At least my Brothers and I did, when my Dad passed away…
And, of course, sometimes the Deceased have special wishes for some of their ashes to be scattered in a favorite place…
Again, our Prayers go out to You and Yours my Friend…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 02:10 AM

I am sorry for your loss Rick. As Mike just mentioned, there are no requirements in that avenue. My advise would be to contact the funeral home and make arrangements with them. They are trained to deal with many requests of this nature and they should be able to assist you. Time would be of the essence as they would want the container ready at the time of cremation, well in advance of the funeral. As tacky as this may sound and I do apologize for it, make sure you are prepared to seal the lid on receipt of the box.

Every family member should be so lucky as to be cradled in the work of a loved one. God bless.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 03:38 AM

Our sympathies go out to you my friend. Like Mike says the size parameters are good. I turned an urn for a friends mother. I made it large enough to hold 24 ounces and was told that would be a norm. The ashes were split between siblings so the 24 oz container was more than enough. Hope you the best and your work will be up to the task I am sure ! All things must pass. The older we get the more experience we gain in dealing with passing. It doesn’t get easier to handle but easier to understand. Our thoughts are with you.

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 06:05 AM

Rick, So sorry for your loss, times like these are so hard to understand and to have to deal with. Sounds like you were close, from what I can read between the lines are that he would be proud for you to make his urn. I know that he would be proud of you for making this.

I will be thinking of you during this hard time.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 07:06 AM

Sorry to hear about your uncle, Rick. Based on my observation, an urn is probably 1/2 to 1 gal. vol. depending on how big the person is. I just saw this website. I even has a size c.alculator

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 07:13 AM

Our condolences to you and your family.

I would stop by the funeral home and talk to them. they can also show you what the remains will come back to them in.

God Bless.


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#12 posted 01-13-2012 07:16 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss.

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 03:50 PM

Rick – we’re sorry about your uncle passing away. I know your last tribute to him will be making a wonderful urn. Our sympathies are with you and your family.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 05:36 PM

I’m sorry about your loss, Rick.


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#15 posted 01-13-2012 11:34 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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