My grandmother passed in December 2010, she was 98 years old. My mother honored me with the request to make the box to place her ashes in. It was a really enjoyable project and I had tons of wonderful compliments. Might end up making a few more for some extra $$$. Box was made from curly red maple, inlayed with walnut strips and walnut/ebony herringbone veneer. Corners mitered with walnut. Finish was done with clear stain just to make the grain pop and keep a natural color, then finished with semi-gloss lacquer. Enjoy!