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Urn, Sipo Mahogany with Maple Cross Inlay

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Project by Blackie_ posted 09-26-2014 02:25 PM 2321 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was requested by a friend who lost his father-n-law shortly back if I could make a container to hold his ashes, I quickly replied that I’d be glad to, he wanted a price figure but since he’s always helped me with my bike (Harley)and other things I told him there would be no charge, I asked him particulars and if he wanted a cross on the top and he thought that’d be a nice touch, well after completion, I sent him pictures he showed them to his wife and she let him know that he was a Native American Indian, not a Christian and that the cross would not work, well he informed me of this, he was very apologetic insisting payment but I declined, I thought about deconstructing the lid but instead we all agreed to leave it as it was they would take the box several hundred miles distance to the family and see what they thought well needless to say the box came back to me we all decided that I would make another and put this one up for sale.

I am now in the process of making another only this time I’m using Native Texas Cedar Elm for the rustic look, the box will also be slightly altered so that the plastic container will stand straight up inside of the URN

The Box shown is a closed box the bottom base is held in place by screws it is made from Sipo with an maple cross inlay, I finished it with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of wipe on poly satin blend and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for viewing.

All comments are enjoyed and gladly responded too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 03:50 PM

I have mixed feelings about this. The box is of course another example of your craftsmanship, but I think the new one will be more adequate for a Native American Indian. I have a kind of love and appreciation for them and their culture, if you could foreward condolences from Europe to your friend’s wife that would be sweet. I haven’t been around lately because of a ton of work but I check your posts and all of my other buddies’ everytime I get a notification, and it keeps the creative juices flowing in me, even though I have to postpone all the woodworking related projects I have in mind until I graduate as a teacher. Missing you all, guys!
Cheers from France Randy, keep the good stuff up!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 04:08 PM

Beautiful urn, Randy!!

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

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 06:00 PM

Beautiful container for a sad occasion Randy.
Understandable that the cross wasn’t consistent with their desires.
That, my friend, doesn’t diminish how nicely it came out.
Good job.

-- Eric, central Florida

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 06:58 PM

That is a beautiful resting place for your friend. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 11:33 PM

Randy,

I remember the discussion. There will be another use for this one. I’m sure you will do a great job.

I’ve made pet caskets but no urns for pets or people.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 09-27-2014 10:48 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone, Sodabowski will do. The replacement will be completed this weekend and I’ll have pictures posted early next week.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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kiefer

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#7 posted 09-27-2014 03:35 PM

Well done Randy and your accomedation of their wish will be much appreciated and I commend you for that .
I am looking forward to the one that you are working on .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 09-27-2014 04:01 PM

Nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 09-27-2014 06:27 PM

Thanks Klaus and Charles,

The family were very amazed by the box, the wood and the craftsmanship, they thought it was beautiful even with the cross but as mentioned the cross would not work.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Edwardnorton

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#10 posted 09-28-2014 02:26 PM

I just received my mothers ashes and would like to buy or try to build this for her. Surely better than the plastic box she came back in.

-- EdwardNorton

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Blackie_

4531 posts in 1976 days


#11 posted 09-28-2014 02:30 PM

Edward, so sorry for your loss, if you’ve ever built a box before it’s the exact same process only you add a base that screws to the bottom of the box instead of cutting the lid away.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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HillbillyShooter

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#12 posted 09-29-2014 04:12 PM

You did a very nice job even if it didn’t meet the wants of the intended recipients. Also, congrats on the DT3—I missed the party as I was off slaying trout all weekend.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Roger

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#13 posted 09-29-2014 11:45 PM

Sorry to hear of your friends loss. This is top notch Randy. Very beautiful.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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FloridaArt

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#14 posted 09-30-2014 12:50 AM

I like how you did the inlay.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 09-30-2014 10:36 AM

Thanks everyone for your great replies and comments.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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