|Project by Triumph1||posted 07-25-2012 11:45 AM||4125 views||26 times favorited||47 comments|
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!