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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-01-2016 08:41 AM 721 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s been over 2 years since I’ve posted any new projects here on ‘Jocks, and that is WAY too long.
I spend a good part of 2014 and 2015 building and setting up my new woodworking shop. I’m happy to say it is up and running the way I want it, but of course like anything, there is still more to do.
A lot of my time has been spent restoring tools, building cabinets, shelves and drawers, organizing, and otherwise just putzing in the shop. BUT, I have been doing some woodworking as well.
I’ll start posting a few projects now, as time allows, to try to catch up a bit.

Here is a project I completed last July. I was asked to build an urn for a friend of my parents. The gentleman’s wife had passed away, and he wanted an urn to hold her remains as well as room for his family to place his once he passed. The design was very much left up to me. Here is the result.
The top and bottom are torrified curly sugar maple, and the sides are regular maple. The bottom unscrews to add the remains.

Thanks for looking and commenting!!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 11:26 AM

Magnificent! Many thanks for this project post, as I am in the process of crafting my own. Am starting with Walnut, but will probably add some Pecan from a tree from my yard that was taken down by a storm in 1991. I weigh about 145 so what volume or area (cubic inches)were you giver for the cremains?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 07:32 PM

Very nice.

Question – Since this is for 2 people, did you build it with 2 separate compartments?

For Russell – I’ve always heard to provide for 1 cubic inch per pound of body weight.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 08:17 PM

very nice job,ive never seen any double urns but thats a great way for a couple to be together into eternity.handtooler i just completed one myself and from what i read that you should allow 1 cubic inch per pound the person weighs.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 04-01-2016 08:47 PM

I had also heard that but the crematorium didn’t have ant suggestions, just wanted to sell premade ones and creramic vases. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 09:34 PM

right they want to sell you one not help you make your own.i actually got that info off a site that sells urns.funny why they go by pounds though,i mean does fat mans skeleton weigh more than a skinny guy,seems like you would go more by height?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 12:52 AM

Along with the ashes from burning the tissue; they grind the bones into powder; bag and seal the cremains, then install it into the urn regardless of who made it.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#7 posted 04-02-2016 03:58 AM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

Yes the typical recommendation that I read from a few sources say to allow for about 1 cubic inch per pound of body weight. I think this is probably very much on the generous side. Keep in mind that the human body is about 70% water so most of your weight will in fact just evaporate upon cremation. Of what’s left I doubt that they are giving 100% of the ashes for the urn, but who knows exactly.

I did not build this with a divider to separate the ashes, that way, the couple can be together and touching forever even after death.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#8 posted 04-02-2016 05:41 AM

oh man woodworks your creepin me out,my wife touching for eternity-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 01:51 AM

Beautiful. I am hoping to build a double urn for my grandparents this summer…. sadly. Like you, I want it to be perfect.

You did great.

-- Wood is awesome.

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