|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 07-06-2014 07:44 PM||1336 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
This is a casket I made for the ashes of a woman in our church. She what I call a church widow as she had no family at all other than the members in our church. I spent some time over the last nine months taking her back and forth to doctors appointments and to chemo treatments as she was too weak to drive herself. She was also having difficulty understanding all the medical mumbo-jumbo (on top of which she had been rendered mostly deaf from the chemo.)
She had prepaid for her cremation, but I know that they would be delivered in a plastic bag in a plastic or cardboard box. So I asked my pastor if I could build her a casket. I had a few drawer fronts that I discovered were made of something that looks like walnut. I know she would appreciate the idea of recycling and of using found wood.
Going on her approximate weight, plus the rule of thumb that one pound of body weight yields a cubic inch of ash, I figured out the required volume of the box and built out from there. I used my router table to mill the edges of the top and bottom so that it would look like something more than just a box. The handles are two drawer pulls from our kitchen cabinets from before we re-did our kitchen. They are metal with ceramic handles. The finish is several coats of spray lacquer. The top is glued onto the box while the bottom attaches with screws. The engraving I did by hand using a dremel and a printed template. The Psalm is in German because that’s where she was born and it was her primary language for a good part of her life. [EDIT] I highlighted the inscription by painting it gold, then sanding off the surface coat of paint, leaving paint only in the inscription.
Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house, they praise thee forever!
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!