|Project by KnotCurser||posted 01-15-2012 07:46 PM||2454 views||14 times favorited||27 comments|
This was, by far, the most difficult project I have ever had to build. My father passed away on the 12th of December, 2011. It was sudden and it hit my family pretty hard. My father was also my best friend – we would talk every day and he would find me stacks of lumber at all the local auctions he would attend.
While still at the hospital, my Mother asked me if I would be willing to build his urn. What could I say other than “of course”?
I wish to thank a long time member of LJ’s, “Triman” for all of his assistance. Although he doesn’t post much anymore, he didn’t hesitate to answer my first email to him quickly and even phoned me from across the country to discuss the build as well as share some of his feelings that went through him when he was forced to make two of these – one for his father and his brother. Thank you Bruce!!!!!
Also, Marc Spagnuolo – AKA “The WoodWhisperer” lent me some great advice on how to bring out the true beauty of this wood. Thanks Marc!
The box itself is made primarily of curly maple and measures around 9×7 1/2” and stands around six inches high. The heart in the tray is a reddish piece of Mahogany. The remainder of the dark wood is Walnut.
A chamber is built into the bottom of the box that holds the remains. Once the remains were placed into the Urn, a keepsake tray is tightly fit onto the chamber and glued in place. This gives my Mother a place to store memories of my Dad.
The finish took a LONG time – much longer than it probably should have. I will refer to the Marc's video on “popping the grain” of maple.
Everyone at the Memorial Service seemed to like the piece – most importantly so did my Mother.
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