Wood urn

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-10-2018 02:35 PM 395 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s aunt passed away. The surviving ladies from the family met with the funeral home guys. They decided she would be cremated, and her ashes spread on some family timber ground this coming summer. They checked out urns to hold the ashes until they could be spread, and were surprised they were $600 to $800 for small wood boxes. They decided that since I was the woodworker in the family, they would volunteer me to build the wood urn.

Since the box had to be made pretty quickly, I needed to have a design that used wood I had in stock in my shop. I used 3/4” thick red oak to make the 3/4×3/4” square corner pieces, some 1/4” thick red oak plywood left over from a previous project, and maple for the small cross in front.

I decided it would be easier to glue up the 3 pieces of the wood cross into one unit, then glue that unit onto the oak box. I used a carpenter’s shim or wedge, to clamp up the small cross. I located the cross on the front of the box using a tape measure, then applied blue masking tape to locate the right position. I put glue on the back of the cross, then placed it where the blue masking tape indicated, and clamped it up. I used a wet artist’s brush to remove the glue squeeze-out from the corners of the cross.

I used the string and 16 penny nail method to draw in the 4 corners of the bottom molding, to clamp it.

I used the scroll saw to cut all the small tenons.

I got the urn box done on time, and the family members are very pleased with it.

If you are interested, you can read about my Trials & Tribulations on this project on my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 03:36 PM

Looks good, and I’m sure it carries a lot more meaning, being made by family, than something they would have purchased.

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 08:10 PM

Dale this is such a beautiful urn and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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