Urn for my dad

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 08-21-2012 09:21 PM 2021 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad died a few months ago. I made this urn for his ashes. It’s walnut with inlaid purpleheart (my first atttempt at inlaying). I’m pretty much a wannabe woodworker, but I think this turned out well, and I think my dad would have been proud of my effort. I made two tops, and used the one on the left. A couple coats of boiled linseed oil, and several coats of spar varnish (wiped on). I used two pieces of walnut for the lids, and shiplapped them together. Routed out a little dado for the purpleheart. Cut the purpleheart strip with a bandsaw. Made a pattern for the cross, and routed out the shape.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 11:33 PM

Sorry for your loss. I’m sure he would be proud of his new home and that you had made it for him : )

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 11:40 PM

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

-- Jimmy, Upstate NY in the summer, somewhere south in the winter (on the boat).

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 12:09 AM

Sorry for your loss, the urn is very Beautiful.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 01:05 AM

Condolences on the loss of your dad. The urn is just right and you know he is proud of you.

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

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 03:14 AM

A nice urn. Is the bottom glued into a rabbet in the 4 sides ?

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 11:19 AM

Thank you, everyone.

MC, the top and bottom are rabbeted to match the rabbets on the edges. All 1/2” material. The bottom fits into the rabbet so that it doesn’t add to the height of the box. The top is rabbeted so that it adds 1/4” to the height, and extends to the outside edge of the box. There is a little bit of glue involved, but mostly a few brads and pins (arranged, I hope, such that movement of the wood is not an issue).

Michael T
Pittsburgh, PA

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 03:41 PM

you my friend are more then a wannabe woodworker ! you are a woodworker! A beautiful tribute to someone as important as your dad—And my condolences to you on your loss.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 07:56 PM

Pretty good for a wannabe, really. I’m sorry for your loss. What a great thing to do for him. My dad passed 15 years ago and I still miss him every day.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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