Dads Cremation Memorial Box

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Project by HardBait posted 04-09-2011 03:04 AM 2727 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Memorial is very special to me. My dad, Richard, past in Feb, he was a very good man. I wanted to do something special soo I decided to make him a Memorial Box For his ashes to be desplayed with honor. This s the first time I have done a “fine woodworking project” usually I do rustic log furniture. The box is : The body is Zebra wood the base, lid frame, keys and hinges are Walnut and the lid panel is Ebony B/W. Thank you to Marla for the wonderful engraving, she was local here in Denver and did a great job.I Finished it in rubbed in danish oil. I have a whole new appreciation for 1/64th of an inch. The box is mitered with walnut keys because i wanted the grain to flow around the edges. My dad had a favorite ring that was a tiger eye and when I saw this wood I just knew that was it. The walnut pulled it all together nicely I think. The lid panel looks like the ocean going onto a beach and he loved the ocean. The pic of hime is when he was healthy and happy, deep sea fishing. The hinges were VERY challenging but on the 2nd try it worked. This will be on display at my mothers house in Oregon. I have to thank others here for ideas and technics I learned so THANK You.

-- Jesus is my Idol.....He was a wood worker to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 03:48 AM

Sorry to hear about your dad. This is a really nice project though. I can see you put alot of thought into it. The engraving, the picture inside, and the bible verse adds really nice enhancements to it. Oh… and I can’t forget about the hinges. Really cool. It is definitely not just another box. Great job.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 03:59 AM

Very nice box and I love the hinges.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 05:24 AM

Sorry for your loss..I also lost my dad one month ago today.
Everything about your memorial box is wonderful : )
Thanks for posting it..I’m sure your dad loves it !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 05:44 AM

a great tribute
to a special person

that you reached out of yourself
to honor him

is evident in the work

well done

God bless the whole family

-- 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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#5 posted 04-09-2011 06:06 AM

I can think of a better way to show your craftsmanship in this memorial to your father. He would be proud. We will keep you and yours in our prayers. God bless

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 06:13 AM

A great box to honor him. Very beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 08:10 AM

Thank you all for your heart felt comments, it is very much appreciated.

Dusty56 I am sorry for your lose and my families prayers go out to you.

-- Jesus is my Idol.....He was a wood worker to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 12:29 PM

Very nice.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 01:45 PM

Thank you very much for the prayers : )
Have a wonderful weekend !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 03:05 PM

dad would be proud

-- freighttrain,ky

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 06:26 PM

My Condolences, This is a wonderful tribute to Your Dad, This box is just beautiful and exhibits superb craftsmanship, wood combination choices, and artistic flair, an inspired piece that shows Your Love and Respect, the best of woodworking ventures, Best wishes for You and Your Family

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 04-10-2011 03:06 AM

I think you did your Dad proud it’s a fine tribute, my condolences to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 04-10-2011 04:09 AM

There is no better tribute than to be known as a good man. He will be missed and that is as it should be. To look at the box they will think of your dad and of you and that special connection. You put your heart into it and it shows. I don’t know what else to say.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 02:41 PM

Beautiful tribute to your Dad… Well done and sorry for your loss…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 05-26-2012 03:14 AM

My woodworking Dad passed away in 1997 but I can promise you there is not a day that goes by especially when I am in the woodshop that he does not show up. I can’t do woodwork with out thinking I know he is looking over my shoulder . This project is a very fine tribute and honorable resting place for your Dad. I commend you and pay my deepest respects

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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