Replacement Urn, Native Texas Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 09-28-2014 02:53 PM 1313 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had just recently placed a project on LJ of an Urn that I built for a friend but due to family and the loving lost one being native American the cross was not per their native religion so I built another using Texas Cedar Elm with a more rustic appeal that I thought they would appreciate.

Here is the first Urn I had built. Click for details

This replacement Urn was slightly altered so that the plastic container sat up right instead of laying down flat and the base was designed so that the urn fit nicely snug on the mantle up close the wall due to the space allowed, the base like the first Urn is screwed in place to allow the container to go inside of the Urn, the wood used for this Urn is Texas Cedar Elm in which I obtained via chain saw, the tree was already dead and had been standing that way for over 2 years, wasn’t much drying left to do.

The name derives due to the fact that this elm only grows in the Texas and northern LA region and is known to grow up and around Juniper thus the name Cedar Elm.

It is finished in a single coat of tung oil, two coats of wipe on poly satin finish and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 03:01 PM

I think you have come up with a perfect combination of wood and design for this mans resting place .
Nice and rustic in appearance and an interesting figure in the wood grain .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 04:04 PM

Very nice urn and wood. This one should make them satisfied completely.

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 06:10 PM


You’re becoming a master in box building. Nice solution and execution!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 06:11 PM

That’s a beauty, Randy!!!!!!!...............Jim

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

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 09:12 PM

In my opinion, it looks great. Hope things work out.

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

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 12:46 AM

I like the ‘upright’ design. For some reason it looks native American to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 03:55 AM

Thanks for all the comments, the box was received with open mouths and it was perfect and fit their d├ęcor much better, the first Urn has already been purchased this past Sat morning.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 04:20 AM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-29-2014 09:18 AM

Great solution, Randy. Glad to hear the first one isn’t sitting around anymore, either… sounds like everyone walked away happy.

I love the vertical look to the grain, and the splines look really nice and symmetrical, too.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 09-29-2014 04:26 PM

Quietly elegant! Very nicely done.

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

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#11 posted 09-30-2014 12:46 AM

I like the monolithic look.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 10-02-2014 12:20 PM

Good stuff Randy. I like them both. Glad you were able to make another

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 10-20-2014 04:33 AM

The look is very dignified and understated – very nice. I’m more than a little curious. How did you determine the size (volume) that is adequate for human cremains? Does it need/have a liner? Does the lid seal in any way? Thanks.

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