Finally finished, in memory of PJ......

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Project by RONFINCH posted 07-19-2011 09:33 PM 1576 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, a huge thank you to Skip Shatzer and John Choponis for their generous contribution of the scroll saw work in this project, along with the other offers of help.

When my son’s Golden Retriever passed away a few months ago, I wanted to do something special for my son, as PJ was his pet and he loved her dearly, so did I. Knowing what the case was being made for made it difficult for me to push and get it done quickly. I choose Black Walnut as it’s probably my favorite wood to work with. The joints were assembled with pocket joinery, the front door to the cabinet with just glue. Installing the glass was a chore as this was my first project incorporating glass. I finished with wipe on polyurethane, I’m guessing about 5 coats with a light sanding in between coats. The door is kept closed with a magnetic latch as it won’t be getting opened and closed very much.

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 09:45 PM

A beautiful final resting place for a beloved pet.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-19-2011 11:24 PM

Gorgeous resting place for a loving member of the family.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 11:41 PM

Happy to see such beautiful Walnut and craftsmanship , but sorry for your loss as well .
The door’s grain flow is awesome : )

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

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#4 posted 07-21-2011 04:07 AM

Very nice work! I love Walnut, it is beautiful wood!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#5 posted 07-21-2011 03:32 PM

This is done very nicely and will be a wonderful memorial for your son’s dog.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 09:02 PM

This tugs at my heart strings in a big way. A couple years ago, I lost my faithful companion of over 15 years. Shortly after, we lost my wife’s two Yorkies (11 and 13 years old) so we had a rough couple of years. For each dog we display a small box of cremains that the vet had made for us, but I really love the idea you came up with and will likely do something similar to properly memorialize our lost family members. I memorialized mine by commissioning my artist friend to paint a portrait and having that transferred to my skin (my only tattoo). I always joke with my wife that she has a long way to go to catch up to the 15 years I had with Indy.

Remember, they are waiting for us at the “Rainbow Bridge”!

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 01:38 AM

beautiful resting place, good job.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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