Special Project for a Special Lady

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 04-29-2015 06:28 PM 1209 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several weeks ago (4-2-15) our family experienced the passing of my mother-n-law. She was 92 and had a wonderful life. As part of my tribute to the family and her I made this cherry and Maple urn to keep the ashes in. About 15 years ago I had made a similar container for my father-n-law. His container was not quote as nice. It was in my earlier days of wood working. I know Virginia would be very happy with the results. This container will be buried in the ground next to her husband.

This was made of cherry and maple. In the corners I added the corner splines. Being my first time doing this I was not very pleased with how they turned out. You may be able to see 1/2” dowels..well I had some of the cherry split out on me, so I elected to add the dowels to add that little feature and cover the mistakes. The top portion of the urn was screwed by using pocket holes. The bottom was screwed straight on from the bottom. The finish is Minwax semi-gloss polyurethane. With sanding of 220 in between coats.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 07:29 PM

Tom, sorry for your loss and that is a very nice looking project and as you said you’re sure she would be pleased, nice job.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 07:47 PM

Looks good. We may have a theme today.

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 08:13 PM

Looks nice. You did her proud. Sorry for your loss

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 10:41 PM

I am also sorry for loss and I know how tuff it can be to have to make one of these , but you did a very good job on it and I am sure everyone will be gratefull to you for it.

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 12:21 PM

Sorry for your loss Tom and family. This is really nice. What are the dimensions? Thnx in advance.

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

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 12:35 PM

Roger, the overall size of the urn is 6.00” wide x 6.25” tall x 8.00” long. I had the ashes available to confirm my size. I have seen that to size for such an item, you need to know the weight of the person than work a formula to estimate the cu. inches required. That formula and information can be found online at this link:

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#7 posted 05-01-2015 12:42 PM

It is a beautiful urn and will be a wonderful memorial. I’m sorry for your loss.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-01-2015 01:26 PM

Very good Tom, thank you for that link too.

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

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