Simple Cat Urn

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Project by Maveric777 posted 10-22-2010 02:28 PM 2008 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was hit up by a coworker a couple of months ago seeing if I would be willing to build a urn for her 17 year old feline when I had some time. The cat is still doing good from what I understand… She just wanted to be prepared. Well, my bride gave me a cut off date of Oct 1 to finish up all my “Friend” projects so I can go into full fledged Santa’s Workshop mode. So I jumped on this one and had it done fairly quick.

I made this to be simple and tasteful. You know… Something you can just sit on a mantle and it will look like some sort of decor instead of…. Well, and urn…lol

Made from local cherry and maple. I left a small area at the top for one collar or what ever she felt was best. There is a 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” area chamber inside. I really hope that is enough room because to be honest…. I have no idea how much room is needed (I’m crossing my fingers it is big enough). The finish is BLO with 3 coats of wipe on polly. I personally like the danish oil and wipe on polly best, but the BLO is much faster it seems.

I got to deliver the work last Monday. The new owner and her husband seemed very tickled with it, and now have it displayed in their living room. The only catch was if we could just call it a “Keep Sake” until the time comes to call it an urn. She was afraid the cat my catch wind of it…lol

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 02:41 PM

Very tasteful! It appears you hit the mark on what you were trying to do. Hopefully, this keepsake – will stay empty for quite a while longer.

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 02:43 PM

Poooor Kitty! Nice urn.. but poooor kitty….......

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 02:58 PM

Dan, you seem to have kicke it! Great Job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 10-22-2010 03:14 PM

That’s more than plenty of room. Actually, it’s enough room for 5 cats. Your urn is commendable.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 03:49 PM

well done

much better than the stuffed dalmatian
i saw when i was a kid
really spooky

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-22-2010 03:51 PM


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 10-22-2010 04:02 PM

Now that was funny David!

Thanks for all the good feedback everyone!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 04:11 PM

Nice box/urn Dan. I notice you have screws in the bottom. Is thew bottom removable so the ashes can be put in from the bottom and sealed shut? I don’t know anyting about that would be my guess

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 05:09 PM

You nailed it Greg. I don’t really know much about them myself to be honest, but everyone I have seen had a sealed bottom. Takes away the fear of a “Uh Oh’s” in the future…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 06:07 PM

Nice urn, and the size is plenty big. The ashes will be about 1/2 cup and are usually returned in a velvet bag that can be placed in the urn. She may want to send off for a brass engraved plate for you to apply. Nice job!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#11 posted 10-22-2010 07:24 PM

very nice.

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#12 posted 10-22-2010 08:28 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 10-22-2010 08:33 PM

Very nicely done.
I’ve been trying to work on an urn for two of our larger dogs that have past for about eight months and can’t seem to come up with a design that I’m truly happy with. I’m happy (and a little jealous) that you were able to come up with something, knock it out fairly quickly and have it look as good as it does. Maybe I’m just over thinking it and I should just do a nice, understated, yet elegant design like this one.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#14 posted 10-22-2010 09:24 PM

Thanks again for all the comments everyone….

Kristoffer – Bud I think I had a big unfair advantage on the design side of things. I was in no way emotionally attached to this cat (well any cat to be honest.. I’m a dog guy…lol). So I can see why you are having a very hard time with it. I know when the time comes for me to create something for my best bro I will probably be just as stumped. Good luck on finding something… If I can help in any way let me know.

Rich – Thank you sir for the info. I was really worrying about the size thing. Very good to know. I also mentioned something about the brass plate and she didn’t seem to want that. I too think it would of been a nice touch.

Mike – I didn’t put the rubber seal on the bottom of the case. Someone mentioned they use them for people urns after the fact, but I honestly never held or looked into the makings of a “Real” urn. Most definitely may be something to look into in the future. I knew the remains will be stored in some sort of plastic bag. So out of ignorance I figured that would be sufficient to contain it. Now that am thinking about it I may recommend them sealing it up upon the final assembly. Thanks for bringing it up…. really has me thinking now.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 10-23-2010 12:46 AM

Nice design Dan. Is it just me, or does that cherry look a little familiar? LOL

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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