The box that no woodworker wants to have to make

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Project by benmarvin posted 12-05-2014 01:36 AM 2392 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My cat Gus was hit by a car last night and died. Today I had to make a box for his final resting place. It’s not much on short notice, a simple pine box with some trim and plain hardware. Never thought I’d have such a difficult time of picking out hinges in the hardware store. I thought about staining it, but Gus would have been in too much of hurry for finish work. “Hurry up, I gotta go, dad.” He was always the live fast, die young kind of kitty. Nine lives wasn’t enough for his lifestyle. He’s chasing squirrels in heaven now, but at least his body is resting comfortably on some wood shavings, some catnip and his favorite towel to sleep on.

Anyway, I learned more about box making (this is my second ever) and figured out I really need a miter saw cause cutting trim on a table saw is a bit awkward. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 02:06 AM

Sorry for you loss. Nice box on short notice.

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 02:57 AM

How unfortunate to lose a pet so quickly. You did a good job for a quick box.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 06:19 AM

sorry for your loss good looking box

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 08:52 AM

We lost our Yorkie in April, age 16. Hardest thing to do, they’re like your children. Best of wishes to you and yours during this time. I’m sure Gus would approve of the box.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 11:25 AM

Sorry for your loss of your little furry friend. I too have had to make a box in short notice for my cat Kelly. They are hard to make knowing what they are for.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 03:06 PM

Condolences for the loss of your friend. I’m sure Gus is comfortable in his proper pine box. I have one missing for a while now but, I’m always hopeful to see her return again.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#7 posted 12-05-2014 03:14 PM

I’m sorry about the reason for making it but it is a beautiful burial box for your cat.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 12-05-2014 04:26 PM

Sorry for your loss. Nice job. Hopefully the time spent making it started your healing process.

Lost my Dad suddenly 1 1/2 years ago. In the time it took to get services arranged, I spent time in the wood shop making a nice burial urn (box) for his ashes. At the time, it was something for me to do to keep me busy. In retrospect, it was a very good time for working through many stages of the grieving process.

Blessings to you and your family.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#9 posted 12-05-2014 04:29 PM

Sorry about your loss, but the box is beautiful.

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

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#10 posted 12-05-2014 05:25 PM

Sorry to hear you lost your kitty…. I’ve had to make kitty caskets, and officiate “services” twice now. Kids took it hard, but it did give them a sense of closure, as they put cat toys and such in the box and said their goodbyes.

Yours looks a lot better than mine, as I just screwed the top on.

Pixie and Tubby are probably giving Gus a guided tour of the happy hunting grounds as I type.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 06:04 PM

Sorry for your loss, Ben. Tough way to learn. Thank you for sharing Gus’s beautiful box and your grief.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 12-06-2014 10:03 AM

A year ago, I probably would have laughed or rolled my eyes at both the thought of getting upset over losing a pet and then, going through the trouble to build a proper resting place.

And then, my dog “found” me at the local pound … and I later found the joy of making sawdust. The rest, I guess, is history.

Good on you for the effort. It’s beautiful work. Gus was lucky to have you.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#13 posted 12-08-2014 02:05 PM

Came out well, all things considered. I hope your next box is more pleasantly deserved.

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#14 posted 12-09-2014 12:05 AM

you did a great job, Gus would have been proud.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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