Cremation Boxes

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Project by oakwood posted 10-01-2012 05:16 PM 2332 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak cremation boxes with solid walnut inlay (not marquetry). They may seem like they open but in reality the bottom is removable and fastened with screws. Sadly, one of the boxes now holds the ashes of a familly member in the cemetery. For those who may be interested I was told that the formula for the size of box is basically 1cu. inch/lb. So for example, if you made the box with 3/4” stock and you made it 6×8x10 you would end up with an interior of 4.5×6.5×8.5 which would give you a cubic inch content of 248.625 cu/in. So this box can accommodate the ashes of a person up to 248 lbs. The funeral home was impressed and interested in commission possibly but not I. So for those who may be thinking ahead, hopefully far ahead , I hope this may be of some help. Mine is in the basement collecting dust and I hope it stays there for a long long long time Hah! ha ha!

The violin is a cremation box cover that a fellow woodworker at the center commissioned me to make for him. His brother’s ashes now lie in the cemetery. It is all veneer. I never asked but I take it that his brother must have been a musician.

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 05:29 PM

Very nice. In pic 4 it looks like you added some veneer to hide the end grain on the lid. A nice touch.

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 05:35 PM

Nice work they look super.

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 06:21 PM

Excellent work. I made my father’s resting place around a year ago and it was very hard to do. I understand fully when you state this is not a job you want to do on a commissioned basis.

Fine job.


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#4 posted 10-01-2012 06:43 PM

Nice inlays John and the marquetry violin is very well done.
Have you tried sand shading?
It would really make the violin 3D.

Good work, Thanks.

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 07:08 PM

These look really nice. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 07:46 PM

You made beautiful boxes! A respectable way of honoring loved ones.

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 09:40 PM

Really nicely done John.

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#8 posted 10-02-2012 04:53 PM

Good job and a great idea. I just finished two of these for my wife and I following the WWGOA plans from their website. None of us is getting out of here alive.

-- Tom O'Neil, Celtic Saw Guy

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#9 posted 10-02-2012 05:09 PM

Very elegant boxes, the inlay is a great idea.
Thought I might add that the body weight of the person must be their HEALTHY weight. Just thought I’d mention this because I found that out after my father’s cremains box ended up being too small.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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