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An Urn for my Dad

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Project by Triman posted 1611 days ago 2178 views 13 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second urn in about 3 months, and I hope to not have to make any more, for a very long time.

My Dad recently passed, and my Mom asked me to make a keepsake/urn, as I recently did for my Brother. I used birdseye maple for the box, divider, and tray bottom. I used quilted maple for the sleeve/ash compartment, and amboyna burl for the tray sides, splines, and lid detail.

The quilted maple sleeve acts as a ledge, which the divider rests on. No one will ever see this sleeve again, which is almost a shame, as the figure is absolutely beautiful. The ashes go in that lower compartment. I then made the keepsake tray, using the burl for the sides, with a single birdseye maple spline in each corner. My Mon plans on keeping a few things, such as his watch, glasses, and a few photos in the keepsake tray.

My Dad was an ordained American Baptist minister, so I wanted to incorporate a cross somehow, without it being too obvious. He would have liked it being kept as an artistic part of the box. So, I used the amboyna burl to create a cross of sorts. I spent about 2hours at the lumber store picking out the right piece, that was also large enough to use for all of the required parts. I then gently sloped the lid to give it a pleasing curve. I finished all surfaces with 5 coats of tung oil finish.

I included 5 splines on each corner, to represent each of our 5 members of our family. My Mom and Sister seemed pleased, and I think that my recently departed Brother and Dad would be too!

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com





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lew

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#1 posted 1611 days ago

First, allow me to express my condolences. I know what you are experiencing.

This is a beautiful tribute to your Dad and I know he is proud of what you have done.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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ohwoodeye

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#2 posted 1611 days ago

What an incredible tribute to your father and family- well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 1611 days ago

This is a beautiful box and way to celebrate all the great thoughts and memerories of your father!

Well done A+++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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speuleral3rt

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#4 posted 1611 days ago

I’m very sorry for your loss of both your brother and your father. It is nice that your woodworking skills could be put to use on such a meaningful project and have it turn out so well. I am sure they would be pleased.

I am planning a similar project and I have a question for you, if it is not too insensitive to ask: did you use any dimensional guidelines regarding the amount of space necessary for the ashes?

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1611 days ago

I, too, am sorry for your losses. As indicated in another thread, that topic has been on my mind, lately.

But … lemme’ say this….

For a ‘final resting place,’ it’s hard to imagine anything much more beautiful than what you built….

-- -- Neil

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HallTree

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#6 posted 1611 days ago

It is very clear that you put a lot of time and thought into this project to express your love for your dad. Well done.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Triman

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#7 posted 1611 days ago

Thanks to you all for your kind words.

speuleral3rt – Not a problem at all. Whatever I can do to make it easier for others. Anyway, as strange as it is to think of someone “dimensionally”, you can figure on 1 cubic inch per pound.

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com

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jm82435

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#8 posted 1611 days ago

Sorry for your losses. I lost my parents within the last couple of years. This is a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Well done.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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michelletwo

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#9 posted 1611 days ago

splendid box..condolences

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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kenn

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#10 posted 1611 days ago

“Sorry for your loss” doesn’t begin to express the sadness that this project shows, my Dad has been experiencing declining health right before my eyes and I can see what a great way to honor your Dad this was, however “Sorry for your loss” is the only way I know to say it.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 1611 days ago

Sorry to read about your father. The box is just absolutely gorgeous. Perfect form and wood use.

m

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 1611 days ago

My sincerest symathiy for yur loss.

That is a truly beautiful urn.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 1611 days ago

Bruce, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and brother. Let me offer my sympathies to both you and your family. This is an absolutely stunning box that I am sure your father would be proud and beaming with pride over this box that you created. It is a wonderful piece that is a testament to your skiil and talent as a woodworker.

Thanks for sharing both the box and the story behind it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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littlecope

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#14 posted 1611 days ago

Beautiful Work, my Friend, on a job I’m sure you would rather not have had to do…
My most sincere condolences to You and Yours.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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mmh

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#15 posted 1611 days ago

My deepest sympathies for both of your great losses. The box is magnificent as I am sure the memories are of the great man it’s ashes hold. The love, warmth and care in the creation of this box shine bright. Thank you for sharing.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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