Hardest Box I ever made

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Project by bonesbr549 posted 09-20-2016 06:13 PM 1191 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well as life goes sometimes it smacks you in the teeth. My brother who put food in my mouth as a kid and acted as my mentor growing up and gave me my first job as a teenager, passed away from Cancer 8/13. it came on fast and I just thank God for the years we got to be together.

While discussing arrangements my Sister in law showed me a box for his ashes from the funeral home and I was aghast. I asked if it would be ok If I did one.

My older brother who also does woodwork was in for the funeral and so we set out together. My two teenage son’s also participated. My Youngest helped with design and my oldest who just recently found the love of woodworking, provided the maple top/bottom from another project.

I encorporated into the design as much of him as I could.

1) The combat infantry badge relief from his service in Vietnam
2) Drapery – to show the sadness I feel
3) Interlocking wedding rings relief from his 47 years of marriage
4) The American Flag relief as he loved his country and VFW post
5) Finally a Beer mug relief as he loved a good gold beer and we had quite a few together

Materials: Cherry & Maple

The lid was attached via Rare earth magnets and the finsih is a simple 3 coats of lacquer

Front /sides graphics via V-Carve pro 8.5

CNC = CNC Routerparts 48×96. (first project done on the machine)

From Start to finish was 4 days.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#1 posted 09-20-2016 07:55 PM

What a beautiful and touching work of art. A fine and suitable tribute for a brother.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 09-20-2016 08:03 PM

Lovely work and a proper tribute. I did one for my wife last year, but took me a long time to get started.

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 09-20-2016 08:11 PM

Thanks. I had 4 days as they did a tribute to him at the VFW and I had a deadline. It helped. 250 showed up and paid tribute.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 08:42 PM

Gorgeous piece of work and fantastic tribute to a life with family. Condolences on your loss, but it’s great that in the making of this it brought the rest of your family together to throw in on it.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#5 posted 09-20-2016 09:01 PM

Wonderful box and a great turn out for your brother at the VFW.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 09-20-2016 09:03 PM

As someone who also had the make a funeral box, mine for my father, you have my sympathy and admiration. Lovely lasting tribute to a loving family member.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#7 posted 09-20-2016 09:23 PM

What a beautiful box. Your story is very touching. I’‘m sorry for your loss.

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#8 posted 09-21-2016 01:20 AM

You have my deepest sympathy. That is a beautiful tribute to you brother.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-21-2016 01:29 AM

I’m sorry for your loss, but a nice story of woodworking bringing others in the family together to honor, remember and cherish.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 09-21-2016 03:18 AM

A good tribute that included the efforts of a loving family, you could not have shown love any better than that!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 09-21-2016 04:42 PM

This project turned out beautifully.

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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#12 posted 09-21-2016 07:35 PM

That is a beautiful box Bones. I’m very sorry you had to make it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 09-22-2016 07:55 PM

beautiful love the box

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#14 posted 09-25-2016 04:37 AM

sure sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful box and tribute to your brother.

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#15 posted 09-25-2016 12:05 PM

Lovely work and a proper tribute. I did one for my wife last year, but took me a long time to get started.

- smitty22

so sorry for your loss I can’t imagine the pain. God bless

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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