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Project by robert triplett posted 1304 days ago 1705 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make this Urn for her best friend’s Husband’s ashes. I have been very slow to finish it, but It’s done.
I found some great Claro Walnut at a small mill north of Zamora, Ca. The owner, Frank Sieferman(SP?) gave me a good deal on two boards of this beautiful wood. The top and bottom is Big Leaf Maple from John Ormsby in Sacramento. John is a fellow Lumberjock. I told Frank about this site, but he ‘only’ cuts the wood. His partner builds with it. Frank keeps the really nice wood for people who appreciate it. He mills a lot of nice stuff.

The finish is Watco Natural Danish Oil. The box is 9 1/2”W x 7 1/2”H x 6 1/2” D. I started to shape the top with my trusty 3×21 belt sander, but decided to try to bevel the edges instead. This worked well, but I later sanded into the groove for the lid in one place. A little glue and saw dust mostly fixed it. Luckily it is on the back side(it’s the back side now!) The lid has a drop of glue on each edge to keep it from moving in the groove and the bottom is screwed into a recess. The miter keys are Curly Maple. I wrapped the figure of the wood and it almost matches on the last corner. As with most of my projects, beautiful wood can detract from any imperfections in my skills!! Any typing mistakes are because I have two orphaned kittens ‘helping’ me and not because I spent the day with 27 -2nd graders.
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!





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shopmania

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#1 posted 1304 days ago

Beautiful box! I love the figure in the lid!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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majeagle1

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#2 posted 1304 days ago

Absolutely beautiful Robert, the grain in both pieces of wood are just fantastic.
I like the smoothness of the whole box.

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Edward83

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#3 posted 1304 days ago

Wow that is jst some fantastic looking wood you used.

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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Skylark53

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#4 posted 1304 days ago

Beautiful box. Great choice of wood. and nicely done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1304 days ago

Fine Work, my Friend, and outstanding Wood selection…

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

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woodbutcher

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#6 posted 1303 days ago

robert triplett,
Beautifully done. The figure in both the Maple and Walnut are just indescribeably wonderfull. Your wifes friend is most gratefull, I’m sure. That is truly a lovely Urn.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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CiscoKid

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#7 posted 1303 days ago

Very, very nice.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 1303 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I have another 6’ x 8” x 1” piece of this Walnut. They were book matched boards. I wish I had bought the third one in the set. I look at the board every few days to see what I might do with it. I tend to use wood pretty quickly, but I’ve had this wood 6 months!!
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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OregonBurls

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#9 posted 1293 days ago

Beautiful Wood!!!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 988 days ago

Beautiful keepsake : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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