A Box For My Godson's Ashes

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-14-2012 12:14 PM 2956 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,41419,41455
The hinges were from BC specialties
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

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 12:34 PM

Hard to comment under the circumstances… but it is quite a tribute. You’ve done exceptionally beautiful work for the circumstance. Hats off to you.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 12:39 PM

what a wonderful tribute in this young man’s memory ! Well done my friend !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 12:46 PM

That is a great tribute

I want my Ashes put in Lamlash Bay

Arran Ayrshire West of Scotland

There are details on one of my projects


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 01:15 PM

Oh man, that’s some heavy stuff. The box is exceptionally well executed. I’m sorry for your loss.

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

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 01:23 PM

The box is very special and beautiful. You did a wonderful job on it but I’m surely sorry for your loss.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 03:39 PM

Very touching Story, Our Condolences for Your Families loss, A beautiful and well made box that is a fitting tribute, best regards Mic

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 09:35 PM

A beautiful box for a sad occasion.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 09:42 PM

Wonderful piece of work for such a sad occasion. I’m sorry for your loss.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 11:20 PM

My deepest condolences and what a beautiful tribute to your godson. Your work is wonderful thanks so much for sharing…BC

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#10 posted 07-15-2012 01:12 AM

Sorry for your loss, that came out very nice.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#11 posted 07-15-2012 01:47 AM

That is a beautiful tribute to a young man who was taken way too young. I’m so sorry that this tragedy happened.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 07-15-2012 02:05 AM

Well done Sir.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#13 posted 07-15-2012 02:09 AM

So sorry for your loss! What a beautiful, loving tribute!

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#14 posted 07-15-2012 02:25 AM

I’m sorry to know about your godson’s passing. It’s always sad when the young leave us too soon. It’s a beautiful box and clearly shows how much care you put into designing and building it. God bless both of you.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#15 posted 07-15-2012 03:21 AM

Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Time heals wounds as they say and it has been a year since his passing, he was a pedestrian walking on a country road with dark clothes and Ipod ear phones on. Recipe for disaster!

It is funny how music trigers memories!

Next posting for the good stuff is next Saturday.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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