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Project by brian4star posted 11-14-2011 11:57 PM 3040 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my best friend’s first grandson died at 10 1/2 weeks old he asked me to help him and his son to build a casket for baby Winston. The father really wanted to do this, we had just a few days. I designed this based on a picture he had and adjusted the size to an infant. The babies parents have no money so we put out requests for help.

Got the lumber free from another friend who works at a hardwood store and had lost his first son the day he was born. 4) 10” x 7” Western Red Cedar that someone had purchased years ago but never picked up. The woman who did the lining had lost one of her twin sons at an early age as well.

The woodworking had to be done quickly, basically frame and panel sides and back and top. One of the babies uncles did the staining, another sprayed on the gloss finish, a friend of the family provided the hardware. Due to the time frame I had to let a lot of the “perfect” joinery be done good enough, no one else seemed to see the little flaws.

Found out that woodworking can be VERY therapeutic and offer a certain peace as you’re working together on something like this. They buried Winston this morning. The project touched many lives, stirred up precious memories for some involved, brought all of us a little bit closer.





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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 12:28 AM

This is such a sad occassion to have to build for. I have a 7 (almost 8) month old and I could not imagine having to build my daughters casket. Even though I don’t know you, I am proud of the humanity in you to do this for your friend. It takes a lot of courage and sympathy to do something like this being that it is a really touchy subject. Great job on the project.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 12:45 AM

Built the urn box for my Mom, it was very therapeutic! Good job

-- Brian

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 01:00 AM

Such a sad thing in our lives! very nice that you could help and take their mind off it for a few minutes. The project is beautiful Our prayers are with them!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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pastorglen

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 02:53 AM

I take my hat off to you. Nice job on the project and for making your abilities available for those in such need.

My prayer is for that family and that you will never have to build another one for the rest of your life.

Thanks for posting.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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VerteramoFurniture7

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 03:02 AM

i usally dont comment much on posts but I had to just say that what you did for them is amazing.
My condolences goes out to you and the family.

ps. I know its a sad thing but you did a great job on it. especially with the short build time.

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AlBCuttnWud

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 03:09 AM

I think it is perfect! A dear friend of my wife’s lost her child during birth and my wife asked me to make a shadow box to hold a few things meant for the baby. The glue didn’t even have time to dry and hold it together but I think I had a little help from above to make sure it didn’t come apart. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family for their loss.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 04:00 AM

Great write up. Sorry to hear about the passing, especially at such a young age. The casket looks perfect in all its ways.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 04:26 AM

My prayers with your friends family and it was great that you could honor them with this service.

-- Russ

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 05:09 AM

Awesome job Baby Winston is very happy

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 07:07 AM

I can’t believe I am reading this, it is so sad. What a great thing you did for your friend. My condolences to the family.

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 02:22 PM

It breaks my heart to even imagine what your friends family must be going through. I am so proud heo big carpenter upstairs surrounded this family with wonderful and talented folks like yourself. I think you definitely done good, and proud to know this family had people around to help when they where really in need. You and your partners did a fantastic thing… I am very proud of everyone involved…

Thank you for sharing and my utmost condolences to the family…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Bertha

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 03:03 PM

I don’t think I could do this. I’m glad you were able to.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Knothead62

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#13 posted 11-15-2011 03:54 PM

My complements on such a fine job. Having gone through the loss of a child, I can understand the feelings of the family. I’m always impressed by the help of others when there is a time of need.

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aero

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#14 posted 11-15-2011 03:58 PM

This is a wonderful expression of love. My son was an adult when he died – the loss is the same. Karen

-- Karen and Bill

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#15 posted 11-15-2011 04:05 PM

Bless you for your caring heart, your work is golden my friend…BC

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