Creamation Urn

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Project by DouginVa posted 03-08-2012 02:15 AM 1738 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A relative asked me to make a creamation urn for the father of her child. Not knowing a darn thing about urns I set out on the iinternet to do some research. I didn’t know if the compartment containing the remains required some special treatment or materials to contain the remains. And as I learned they were nothing more than a box with a compartmet that is sealed. The main consideration was to determine the cubic inches needed to contain the remans. Since the remains were going to be divided by 3, I didn’t have to worry too much about having enough space.

Well I found one that contained a keepsake tray and thought my neice would like to keep some of his items as momentos. I also added a space beneath the lid for a picure of the deceased. I decided to make it out of some special wood that was given to me by a relative long ago that I had been saving for a special project. I didn’t know what kind of wood this was until just recently. It’s sapele. a mahogony species. I finished the box with Tried & True Varnish Oil. Follow their advice…..apply very thin coats. It took forever for the finish to cure.

Pardon the poor quality phots. I sent it out and forgot to photograph it with my own camera. I suspect these pics were taken with a cheap camera phone.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 03:10 AM

Very nice. Beautiful choice of wood!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 03:21 AM

I like it, I like it. I love the sapele. I have some I have been making pens with but you can not see the stripping.


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#3 posted 11-28-2012 02:50 AM

I have been looking at a lot of cremation Urns. This is the first one I’ve found that did not require equipment for a lathe that I do not have. Is there some way that I might be able to get dimentions and a few more details about building this? I would like to build an Urn for my use and this is one of the more interesting possibilities I have seen.
I take it that the ashes go into the tray. Why is it seperated into 3 parts and is there any need for a lid on the tray that holds the ashes?

-- Tom, Ky.,

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 03:40 AM


The urn was given to a family member and I don’t remember the dimensions. Unfortunately I was in such a rush to ship it I neglected to take photos of any of the details. As far as the dimensions go I would suggest calling a creamatory or funeral home and inquire about how large the container is that the ashes are packed in. I don’t think they just fill a bag, wrap a twist tie around the top and say, “here ya go”. I’m sure it comes in some sort of container and the size of that will dictate the dimensions.

The ashes/container are stored in the lower compartment which is accessed by a plywood panel from the bottom, and is separated from the top by a plywood partition and above the partition is a keepsake area.

Most urns I’ve seen are just a box with a removable panel on the bottom (like mine) to place the ashes in the box. Then some have a plaque or carving on the lid. This particular one has a keepsake area and tray under the lid, which is what the family member liked about it. On the bottom side of the lid I mounted a piece of glass behind which they can place a photo of the loved one. And to keep the items inside safe I provided a mortised lock.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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