Birdseye Maple Urn

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Project by pashley posted 10-29-2008 07:53 PM 2292 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At a recent funeral of a family friend, my mother, who is 82, remarked what a wonderful urn the friend’s cremains were in. It was a brass box type. She remarked to another family member, in a low voice, “That’s a nice urn….I just got a cardboard box for me!” and gave a little chuckle.

I was mortified.

My mother being buried in a cardboard urn when her time comes? No sir.

I quickly go to work, and this project was the result.

Birdseye Maple, Quilted Maple, Paduak and African Blackwood. Finished in 2 coats of clear shellac, and 4 coats of Briwax.


-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 10-29-2008 08:07 PM

That looks great Patrick! Nice Job.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 08:12 PM

Very nice. Great craftsmanship.

I like your slideshow set up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 08:33 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 09:57 PM

That’s beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 10:36 PM

Very nice, and very thoughtful. May she not need it for a long time.

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#6 posted 10-30-2008 01:30 AM

Never thought of that. Something I could look into for a special one. Thanks.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 10-30-2008 01:47 AM

Beautiful piece of work and a wonderful sentiment!

I agree with Dick on the slide show. Would you mind giving me an idea how it was done?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 10-30-2008 01:54 AM


Just go to, and sign up for an account – it’s free. Basically, you upload photos, then create a slideshow, using one of several different “themes” – like the one I have. They create the HTML content for you, and you paste it in your project posting!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#9 posted 10-30-2008 03:07 AM

Very nice looking box. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 10-30-2008 03:44 PM

You are a good son. The urn you have made is so beautiful.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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John Gray

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#11 posted 10-30-2008 04:42 PM

Beautiful job and wood!!!!! You didn’t take and pictures of the stages of making the box by any chance? If so would you please post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#12 posted 10-30-2008 06:12 PM

Thanks, John, I didn’t take in-progress pics….sorry.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#13 posted 10-31-2008 04:41 AM

VERY nicely executed with a beautiful result! Kudos!!

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#14 posted 11-21-2008 07:02 AM

You are quite the craftsman…It is beautiful !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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