Doug Stowe type boxes

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Project by JWF posted 05-05-2011 06:58 AM 2636 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Somewhat depressing project; we lost my father-in-law and then my mother-in-law pretty close to a year apart. Both of them were cremated so I made these boxes so my wife and daughters would have something nicer than a ziploc bag to keep the ashes in.

These are walnut with red oak splines. The stones set in the lids came from my mother-in-laws favorite beach. I used the Dremel in its drill press to carve out the hollows the stones are set in. The boxes will be lined with fabric from some of my father-in-laws flannel shirts (still need to do that). Finish is garnet shellac and wax. If I had to do it over I wouldn’t use the red oak. The garnet shellac made the walnut look great but made the oak kind of orange.

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 10:57 AM

First let me offer you and your family my condolences on the loss of your in-laws.

These boxes are a wonderful way to store their ashes. Not only are they good looking boxes in their own right but personalizing them they way you have done adds a nice touch to the boxes themselves.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-05-2011 01:55 PM

My condolences.

The boxes look nice. I really love the stone inlay


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#3 posted 05-05-2011 03:03 PM

My condolences to you and your family.

That is a very thoughtful gift.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 05-05-2011 03:05 PM

I’m sorry to hear of your loss.

A couple of years ago my wife lost her sister and I was asked by my Father-In-Law to make the box for her ashes. It was the only time I made something for such a sad reason. It also made me feel honored that my hands could do this.

I hope you too can feel the honor of this. You did an incredible job. I can see you know how to make a beautiful box, but someone who hasn’t done this may find it hard to realize how easy it is for the box to look like a jewelry box, or bird house. The design has to be spot on.

Fantastic job.

-- "Be more human."

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