|Project by wb8nbs||posted 10-18-2011 04:28 PM||1410 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
My Brother-in-Law passed away suddenly and my sister asked if I would make a box for the remains. I put this together in 2 days. Because of the short time frame, some of the features were afterthoughts and not executed as well as I would have liked. There are a lot of memorys in the wood itself, most of it has family connections, either from the farm we grew up on, or given to me by my Brother-in-Law.
I used box joints for the Black Walnut body, transitioned to miter corners on the bottom. The top is Butternut. I thought it would be better to not have any end grain on the edges so cut the Butternut into triangles and glued up the lid you see. It has a raised panel style cut on the top (first time I’ve done that, came out good) so the edges are not 3/4 thick. I cut a groove around the bottom edge of the lid to fit over the box body, this is visible in the last photo. The lid handle and feet (afterthought) are made from Spalted Oak. After discussing with my sister, I added an internal partition so she could keep remains in the bottom and photos etc. above. This was done after the sides were glued up, I used a half inch trim router bit with a 3/8 inch bearing to cut the internal ledge. The partition is a bit of salvaged mahogany veneer plywood I had on hand and used because it was very thin. You can see the partition and the thin ledge in the second photo. The bottom of the box is Cherry from the family farm.
Finish is four coats of Watco natural and some paste wax.
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