|Project by Gumnut||posted 07-14-2012 12:14 PM||2616 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
Well a bit of a sad one here, my godson passed away after a traffic accident, he was into music and surfing.
I asked the Mum and Dad if they would like a box for the ashes and here is the end result.
The quote inside is what the parents wanted which was laser etched into the wood including the treble clef motif on the front and his name on the top, I filled the etchings with tinted black two pack resin glue.
The tint I used was a ochre powder that colours the resin to ever colour you like and it does not shrink.
The wood is Curly Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) which getting very hard to come by. Key word Special
Inside is some Vavona Burl (Sequoi sempervirens) veneered in the base showing turmoil in his life?
The Jarrah and lid is like a ripple pattern which is waves on the ocean.
Edge trimming is Ebony and that was inset after the box was made up.
I find that if you make the box up first and then cut the lid off with either a bandsaw (thin kerf blade) or as I used a Proxxon table saw with a very thin blade, you end up having the grain match up better from top to bottom.
Inset into the lid is a Abalone cross for his religion and I also used the Abalone for the key escutcheon, They are glued in with clear resin glue.
The lock was purchased from Lee Valley http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=46517&cat=3,41419,41455
The hinges were from BC specialties http://www.bcspecialties.com/c-24-hardware.aspx
The finish is French polish which was done with the base removed to get a clean polish on the inside of the base.
Underneath the box I attached some felt so when the box is placed on a table it would make no sound.
In the end the parents were very happy, some of the ashes were sprinkled in the ocean and then the rest would travel in the box to Scotland to be scattered at his ancestor’s birthplace.
I did not mean for anyone to be sad over this but I hope you like the process involved in the making.
-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm