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Memorial boxes

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Project by Binky posted 05-21-2015 11:00 AM 1083 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of memorial boxes for my sister in law who passed away recently. I was amazed and a little disgusted by the prices for wooden urns at the funeral home, so I went ahead and made these for my family.

The large box is sapele, and constructed with mitered corners and maple splines. The top and bottom are loose panels.

The smaller boxes are constructed similarly, but the tops/bottoms are simply glued into a rabbet routed around the inside of the box then chamfered to 45 degrees. I had to fill with a little epoxy, since the smaller boxes were a last-minute change. I don’t know what wood that is for the smaller boxes- some kind of cherry? I’ve had it in my shop for a couple of years.

I finished the whole set with many coats of Deft semi-gloss aerosol lacquer. After the last coat was dry I wet sanded with 800g sandpaper to even out the finish, then used 0000 steel wool to rub Johnson’s paste wax into the surface and buffed it out with a t-shirt. This is quickly becoming my favorite finishing technique, and I’d like to try it with Briwax when I get my hands on some. Doing it this way seems to knock the finish back by one degree of glossiness, so next time I may try it with full gloss lacquer and see how it goes.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 05-21-2015 12:59 PM

That is some nice work on these boxes. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#2 posted 05-21-2015 08:32 PM

Very nicely crafted. Sorry to hear of your loss.

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 01:17 AM

Great looking boxes

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#4 posted 05-22-2015 04:50 AM

Binky, memorial boxes are outrageously expensive. I like the ones you have made. Looks like you have gotten all of the techniques down pat. Good for you. Just in the way of sharing ideas, these are the finish techniques Blackie and I use. It is very similar to what you are doing, except we start with a coat of Tung Oil to deepen the wood color. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 05:25 AM

nice job and welcome to LJ

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Binky

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#6 posted 05-22-2015 03:59 PM


Binky, memorial boxes are outrageously expensive. I like the ones you have made. Looks like you have gotten all of the techniques down pat. Good for you. Just in the way of sharing ideas, these are the finish techniques Blackie and I use. It is very similar to what you are doing, except we start with a coat of Tung Oil to deepen the wood color. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy

I really dig your finishing technique- wet sanding the lacquer on my boxes is one of the things I’m not a fan of- it gets messy, I give your technique a shot on a project I have to get started on soon. Also, I like the tung oil idea! Do you find it raises the grain?

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