Gone Fishin'

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Project by boxcarmarty posted 09-30-2016 01:27 AM 615 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been almost two weeks since we received the phone call that a long time friend of the family has lost his battle with cancer. I was also asked to create a memorial box for his remains that he would enjoy, and with Tommy, that would be fishing. This has been a tough project to build, and a honor to build it.
The box is walnut with coconut trim and locking miter corners. The water is blue food coloring on figured walnut. The last pic shows the blue before the poly was applied…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#1 posted 09-30-2016 01:39 AM

Truly awesome memorial sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-30-2016 01:39 AM

Marty that is a good idea I think a weekend fishing is needed.

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#3 posted 09-30-2016 01:48 AM

Great tribute for a friend Marty. You did good in every way. It is awesome !

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#4 posted 09-30-2016 01:48 AM

You did a great job for your friends family. I’m sure they will always look at it and smile.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 09-30-2016 02:09 AM

That had to e a tough project. You did a wonderful job.

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#6 posted 09-30-2016 02:20 AM

Marty, A perfect tribute.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 09-30-2016 02:22 AM

Sorry to hear about your friend Marty…...I just lost a good friend last weekend….you done him proud…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 09-30-2016 02:41 AM

Very nicely done Marty, thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#9 posted 09-30-2016 02:55 AM

I am sorry. The lose of a friend is always rough. Beautiful tribute.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#10 posted 09-30-2016 03:37 AM

Marty very sorry for you loss of your friend , we seem to lose a lot to this disease , a fine tribute to him , love the thought you put in this one , even the knit hole where the cork sits looking like ripples in water, awesome . he would be proud im sure

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 09-30-2016 06:02 AM

A fitting tribute to your friend, Marty. Great job. Sorry for your loss.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 09-30-2016 09:16 AM

Marty, making a box for a friend who has passed is a project filled with a lot of mixed emotions. With this creation you have shown great elan and empathy. Your friend must be smiling. I like this. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 09-30-2016 11:26 AM

Wonderful tribute, Marty.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 09-30-2016 02:57 PM

Magnificent work, wonderful wood selection, finish and a real tribute of remembrance to your lost buddy! I’m pondering making my own cremains box. How did you determine the size, by his prior body weight r did the crematory give you some volume considerations. The locking miters is a great joinery idea. Thanks for posting, Sir.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#15 posted 09-30-2016 06:09 PM

Russell, that is a good question, I was told it was about the same size as a 10 pound bag of sugar, so I made it about that size. I hope it’s big enough…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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