Urn for my Parents

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Project by DrDirt posted 08-16-2012 04:06 PM 2044 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well from the title we know what it is about.

We took my parents ashes up to Medicine Hat, Alberta where they were raised, and held the inurnment at the columbarium.

In building it, I needed a the box to be large enough for both of them. The box dimension is 8 inches tall (excluding legs), 9 inches wide and 11 inches long
The lid gap in the first photo is because I didn’t yet press the lid down tight to seal it. It is finished with exterior spray poly. Though it will not experience weather, nor sun.
The box is cherry, the top insert is maple that I had laser engraved at a Wichita Trophy shop with the message and the photo from their 1960 honemoon in Hawaii. (first two photos were from before the engraving shop)

The legs, and arch are purpleheart.

In the second photo – you can see that there is space under the cap – where we could add photos, letters and momentos.

Final photo is my sister an I getting set to place the urn.

They were avid travelers, and like many headed out on their adventures leaving their small hometown behind. This is one of those projects that is difficult, both the gravity of the situation, but also it is for your parents, and to be displayed to extended family, so it adds to the stress of the project.

I would advise anyone making an urn to make sure you build it quite strong. The ashes are very heavy and dense. Imaging that you are going to fill the box with sand.

Needless to say I was chewing down my fingernails, as the laser engraving was being done, the morning we were catching our flight…. so any “oops” with the power, or to drop the lid would have been a disaster

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 11:55 PM

First I want to say I am sorry for the loss of both of your parents. It is hard to loose someone you love. I am also sorry that this carried a burden for you and that you were pressed for time that had to be a great stressor.
I think the box is lovely and It was heart felt work Your Parents would be proud of your effort.

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 11:58 PM

Nice job. A true labor of love.

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 12:48 AM

Well done Lumber Bud. Beautiful tribute for your family.

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 03:02 PM

Sorry for the loss. You did an excellent job on the box.

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 09:54 PM

It is sweet of you to honor your parents by making this special box. Bless you …

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 12:20 AM

Beautiful urn…. Great Job….

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 01:24 AM

Thanks to everyone for the comments and sentiments.
Really is a great community we have here

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#8 posted 11-19-2016 06:07 PM

I’m sorry about your loss. However, you really did a beautiful job on this box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 11-21-2016 10:33 PM

Thanks Charles

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