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Last project I'll make for my mother

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Project by JimRochester posted 03-13-2017 01:40 AM 1555 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mom passed away this week. What made it more interesting was that she picked a day when a windstorm had gusts over 70 mph and knocked out power to over 100,000 people for 3 days. Just like I did for dad, I wanted to make the urn for her ashes but I had no electricity. One of our fellow LJ’s cheerfully offered up his services but if the power came back on in time I wanted to do this myself if at all possible. Funeral is tomorrow, power came on last night. I did this in one day. I had some ideas I really wanted to try, box joints, some CNC carving, but unfortunately it just didn’t work out. This two tone box was the best I could come up with in one shop session. Maple box with a walnut base and panel. Simple dado corner joints. Mom was always very proud of my woodworking. It was one of the few things where she had those mom goggles where it seemed I could do no wrong. I hope she is in heaven holding hands with dad and they are proud of the last thing I could make for them.

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





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HappyHowie

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#1 posted 03-13-2017 01:46 AM

It is a beautiful piece. This is a grand thing you have done for her. I would bet that she is smiling down on you right now and is trying to touch your heart with her love. God bless you. May you find comfort and peace from Heavenly sources…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#2 posted 03-13-2017 02:09 AM

you did mom proud my friend I’m sure she would have loved this with all her heart.ive done a few urns for friends and there something we do out of respect and love,they don’t need to be fancy they just need too made from the heart,as you have done.may god bless you and your dear mother,may she rest in peace incased in your love.thank you for sharing a touching moment in your life.

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

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builtinbkyn

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#3 posted 03-13-2017 03:35 AM

Condolences Jim. A modest, well executed design appropriate for the somber occasion. It’s a sure bet she would approve.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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JimRochester

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#4 posted 03-13-2017 10:05 AM



Condolences Jim. A modest, well executed design appropriate for the somber occasion. It s a sure bet she would approve.

- builtinbkyn

For my father, he died a few days before my biggest show so I had little time for his box and it showed. I was determined to make mom’s nicer. Then she dies the same day as a major blackout event. I guess they wanted to test my ability to work fast.

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

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robscastle

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#5 posted 03-13-2017 10:24 AM

Thats got to be one tough build, I dont think I could have done it.

Moms are like that you could present them with a simple stick and they would cherish it

-- Regards Robert

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Lou319

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#6 posted 03-13-2017 10:30 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. No doubt your mom is happy to be cradled in the craftsmanship of your loving hands. And you have honored her immeasurably with this beautiful final gift. Condolences to you and your family.

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#7 posted 03-13-2017 01:33 PM

My condolences. Jim, you have made her a beautiful urn and I’m sorry about the loss of power but it all turned out beautifully despite the inconvenience. It’s an outstanding urn.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#8 posted 03-13-2017 01:36 PM

Very sorry to hear of your loss, these last builds are very tough. You have have built your mother a wonderful resting place.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 03-13-2017 02:22 PM

Jim, you did well by your mom. i just went through the same thing with my mom a few months ago. Your mom has a beautiful final resting place, well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 03-13-2017 02:53 PM

great looking box sorry about your mother

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#11 posted 03-13-2017 02:55 PM

My condolences …. you can be proud you made a very nice urn to rest in peace in …its hard but something drives you and its the best piece you ever made .

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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JimRochester

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#12 posted 03-13-2017 05:16 PM


Thats got to be one tough build, I dont think I could have done it.

Moms are like that you could present them with a simple stick and they would cherish it

- robscastle

The reason I started doing craft shows was at my mother’s urging. “Your stuff is so beautiful , you should try and sell it.” My thought was there were a ton people who couldn’t sing a lick that tried out because their mom told them they can really sing.

Dad’s was a little tougher. Cancer took him from us. He was healthy as a horse a couple months before he died. With mom, she declined from Parkinson’s and dementia since his death so in so many ways, you can honestly and truly say she is better off and in a better place now. Still hurts, but is tempered somewhat.

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

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exterminate

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#13 posted 03-13-2017 06:26 PM

Jim, you did a great thing here. It’s beautiful and from the heart, and little time or not, you did a fantastic job. Both of your parents are no doubt very proud of you, and I’m sure they are showing off your talents to anyone that will listen in the afterlife. My condolences to you and your family.

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#14 posted 03-13-2017 07:00 PM

A beautiful box. Condolences.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 03-13-2017 07:24 PM

First, My Condolences

Second, you couldn’t have made a better, sharper, more intricate piece, it’s perfect !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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