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Pet Memorial Boxes (Urns)

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Project by Elwood89 posted 623 days ago 1463 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lesson Learned: when making a small project, never make just one. I was commissioned to make a Pet Memorial Box last month. I made one and it turned out pretty nice. So, of course, I’ve been asked to make more by other people. So here are five in five different types of wood (Cocobolo, Padauk, Figured Sapele, Walnut, & Wenge). All finished in teak oil.

The boxes have two compartments, the top section under a hinged lid can hold photos, a collar, or other mementos. The bottom compartment is intended to hold the cremated remains of a pet and is accessed by removing four screws securing the base. The picture frame on the front is designed so that a photo can drop down into it via a narrow slot at the top.

Dimensions (cm):
Top & Bottom: 26×16
Front & Back: 23×11.5
Sides: 11×11.5
Divider: 22×11

All pieces were planed to 15mm except for the picture frame which was planed to about 4mm. The dado in the sides are about 1cm deep.

The picture frame was designed around a 4”x6” photo (which was actually 10.2cm x 15.2cm).
The frame is 11.4cm x 16.4cm.
The opening is 9.2cm x 14.2cm.

EDIT: I just got some feedback from a client…the ashes from a 73 pound dog (barely) fit into this sized urn. I had designed it based on information I had on the ash volume of a 60 pound dog.

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany, http://www.AnsbachArtisans.com





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 623 days ago

I really like your choice of woods. All are really nice looking.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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MonteCristo

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#2 posted 623 days ago

Some beautiful wood in these boxes !

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

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Roger

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#3 posted 623 days ago

A very nice place for a very loved pet. All, very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 623 days ago

Those are all beautiful urns and the keepsake area and photo slot are great additions. My beloved JRT is 18 years old so I probably have one of these in my near future :(

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#5 posted 623 days ago

Nicely done and I also love the pictures places also.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 623 days ago

Nice job I have a Chlt Lab who is 9 I keep thinking I need to make a perfect one but hope its not for a long time!!! Amazing how we love those 4 legged friends!!!!

Really nice idea in the plans, Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Toninho

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#7 posted 622 days ago

I love your boxes! All parts are secured with screws?!

-- António Guerreiro www.facebook.com/bichodamadeira

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Elwood89

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#8 posted 622 days ago

The only screws are the four on the bottom that are securing the base and provide access to the compartment for ashes. The four sides are butt joints with glue and wrought iron nails. The divider is resting in dado joints cut into the side pieces, and the picture frame is glued in place.

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany, http://www.AnsbachArtisans.com

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Toninho

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#9 posted 622 days ago

I was happy for his explanation Elwood! I will start to follow their projects Lindos! Congratulations once again friend!

-- António Guerreiro www.facebook.com/bichodamadeira

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