"Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 758 days ago 3700 views 25 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had received an email from my best friend containing some sad news about his father-in-law and a special request. Gene, or as we knew him Geno, had passed on and the family wanted to know if I would design his final resting place. Since this is a family who I love, and Geno was a man who I fully respected, I was truly honored. He will be forever missed by everyone. I was told simple would be fine since his ashes would be buried at a full military ceremony, but I still wanted something very majestic and fitting of such a man. The urn was named “Goodnite, Sweatheart, Goodnite” to mirror Geno’s love of listening to his old 45’s on the jukebox.

The body of the urn is made from hard Maple sourced from my parents property. It was very important for me to construct the body of the urn from a tree grown in Wisconsin…like being surrounded by your home. It uses a folded miter joint and the grain wraps around the urn. The miter joint is reinforced using a hollow dowel technique that I developed. (I will blog about this technique later since Wood magazine is actually going to publish it!!) This gave the dowels the unique “ring” look you see. The top panel of the box was made by veneering 1/4” baltic birch with quartersawn Walnut veneer on both sides.

The legs are constructed of Walnut and Mahogany. The first step was to create a block using an 1/8” thick piece of Walnut flanked by two pieces of 3/4” Mahogany. Once the blocks were dry they were squared off and a 1.75” square block of Walnut was attached to the top, while paying close attention to the grain direction. Once squared off again, centered slots were machined into the backs to add splines for mounting . The shaping could now begin. Initial shaping took place at the bandsaw using a compound cutting technique. That was followed by a combination of a belt sander and a Foredom carver.

The bottom of the urn is attached using brass screws.

“Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” is 12.75” x 10.25” x 6.25”. It was finished with three soakings of Danish Oil followed by two buffings of Briwax.

Thank you for looking! Now it is time to make some more sawdust.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 758 days ago

Beautiful details, nice job.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 758 days ago

I cant think of a nicer place for one’s ashes to rest. A fitting tribute and a first class urn, Jeff.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 758 days ago

Wonderful design and craftsmanship. The thought that went into the design is incredible and the detail is amazing.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#4 posted 758 days ago

Uniquely elegant in design and craftsmanship.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 758 days ago

This is a beautiful urn. It is indeed majestic.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 758 days ago

beautiful urn, as always a unique and superb design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 758 days ago

Sorry for your loss Jeff,
I see you have shared your soul with this project and it shows with the quality.

Well done!!!!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#8 posted 758 days ago


As usual your design and craftsmanship is stellar and Geno has a wonderful resting place.

Thanks for sharing,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#9 posted 758 days ago

Wonderful and creative deisgn

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 758 days ago

What an honourable final gift to somebody special. It is breathtaking.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 758 days ago

A very fitting resting place for a cherished friend. You did well on this one… as always. So sorry for your loss.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 758 days ago

Jeff…What an excellent piece of art for a sad loss of a good friend. We should all be so lucky to have such thoughtful friends. I know it had to be an emotional time creating this during every step.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#13 posted 758 days ago

A sad time Jeff but your treatment of this urn shows the respect you had for a friend.
Your work is of course top notch and the design is elegant.
To me the legs look like four friends gathered around to watch over him.

Well done

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 758 days ago

That is really beautiful. My condolences out to you and their families loss.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 758 days ago

Jeff, the attention to detail is outstanding as well as the design and craftsmanship. You once againg have me in awe of your talent!! Well done!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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