Custom Double Urn Box

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Project by Greg posted 07-14-2010 08:42 PM 4189 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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;

Thanks for looking all.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 08:46 PM

Sweet box, tragic story.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 09:45 PM

Nice box, sad story. The video on the latch is great.It really shows how solid it locks.

Bott. Ca.

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 10:30 PM

Beautiful box. I hope it brings them comfort.

Like the video of the latch.

-- Kate,

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 11:38 PM

Beautiful! I like the latch- will file it for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 07-15-2010 12:01 AM

Great box for your friend during this sad times. He will remember it forever.

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#6 posted 07-15-2010 12:45 AM

The simple elegance of your box is outstanding! Your use of wood and grain is excellent! Sad use for it but a beautiful keepsake.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 07-15-2010 02:20 AM

Wonderful Work, my Friend…
That latch is a terrific idea… very well done

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

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#8 posted 07-15-2010 03:18 AM

A very nice rememberance for your friends husband. Fantastic job, and that latch is awsome!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#9 posted 07-15-2010 04:06 AM

Wonderful creation and a touching gift!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 07-15-2010 07:46 AM

What a beautiful box, and that latch is Brilliant!!

-- Jeff

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#11 posted 07-19-2010 05:12 AM

Great work to help a friend through a tough time. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 09-08-2010 08:11 AM

A really nice box.
Sadly I’m sitting with my Mums ashes as my Dad wants his to be put together with hers.
This looks a great solution.
What are the dimensions?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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