|Project by Greg||posted 07-14-2010 08:42 PM||3520 views||8 times favorited||12 comments|
I built this comissioned piece for an old high school friend Shawndee. Tragically, both of her husband’s parents passed recently within 1 month of each other. Jeff wanted me to build a very nice box that would respectfully house both of his parents’ ashes during their burial at sea. He wants to keep it to remember them by after the ceremony. I worked hard to make the piece as nice as possible. Originally, he wanted a burl box, but when he didn’t want veneers and learned the true cost of burl, he said to do my best. So I combed thru all of the wood I had laying around and put together this.
I used figured Pacific Maple for the front & back. The sides, base, and dividers are figured mahogany. The bottom is solid 5/16” walnut. The top frame I believe is ribbon Sepele with a beautifully beeswing-like figured hard maple panel. The corner wedges are wenge, and the latch is ebony. That makes 7 different woods.
Finished in Deft lacquer, except the Ebony which I used an B.L. oil + turpentine blend.
I am especially happy with the ebony flexi-latch which works superbly. I have about 35 hours into it.
He saw emailed pics last night and loved it.
I only hope this project will, in some small way, lessen their pain in this difficult time.
Here is a youtube video showing the latch in action; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9PFrRZhlU
Thanks for looking all.
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