|Project by derrickparks57||posted 08-13-2015 05:39 PM||834 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
An incredibly close friend of mine had to put down his male St. Bernard this past weekend. He also had a female St. Bernard but she passed suddenly about 3 years ago. The male had been on the downhill for about the last six months. I stopped by his house last week to see the dog and say my goodbyes, I told him if he wanted I would build him an urn for the ashes. I also found out that they never got an urn for the female so I agreed to make one big enough for both dogs.
A guy I know just recently purchased a portable sawmill and had given me some cedar he had cut when he was setting up and learning how to use the mill. So I cleared off the bench and started laying out the cuts and drawing up some plans. Luckily I hadn’t got too far into it when my friend asked if I could make two urns. He recently divorced and wanted to send some of the ashes to his ex-wife, but he requested a smaller one for her.
I had 4 cedar boards rough cut to about 4/4 and about 5’ long, I resawed/cut each urn so that the grain pattern was continuous all the way around. The larger urn I resawed down to 5/8” and the smaller one down to 1/2”, I had to work around bug holes and some open knots so that made it interesting. I don’t own a jointer or a planer but between my tablesaw, bandsaw, and sander I’ve learned to work without them. Both bases are 3/4” thick and held on with 4 recessed screws so he can put the bags inside. The boxes are just mitered and glued together, I didn’t want fasteners taking away from the beautiful grain pattern.
After everything was assembled they needed something to make them look like pet urns and not just a cedar box. So I found a paw print stencil and cut it out of some contrasting veneer(no idea what species it is) and glued it on the front. Sanded everything to 400 grit and applied 5 coats of semi-gloss spray veneer and sanded after the third coat.
All said and done I’m happy with the outcome although both bases cupped very slightly that I didn’t notice till after the finish dried, I can see it but he probably won’t even notice. I’m delivering them today he has idea what they look like all he knows is I used cedar and only because I wanted to make sure no one in the house was allergic to it. As always thanks for looking, any questions just ask I’m happy to help.
-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks