|Project by Woodchuck4||posted 10-01-2012 06:24 PM||1283 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
The short story of how this project came about is that my grandmother past away and since they did not have a lot of money they couldn’t afford a nice uren for her ashes to go in. So, being new to this type of thing, I didn’t know how common it was, and asked if I could make something nice for her ashes to be buried in as a sign of respect for her. They agreed and thus began my quick learning journey.
I have never made any “fine” finished project before this so I was unfamiliar with box making, how to make finger joints, doing scroll saw work, or how to really do stain/poly. I’m, however, the type that will set my mind on something and take off after it. I went to the lumber yard and decided on making the box out of red oak. Then I got all the proper dimensions for the box and spent an evening and a half tinkering with my buddy’s Incra box joint jig until I felt comfortable enough to do the real thing. I assembled the whole box minus the bottom piece and then cut the lid out on the table saw (picking the right spot on the finger joints for the seam). Then I cut and glued in the bottom piece.
Next, I used a scroll saw to cut out the letters on the front and the cross on the top of the lid. I printed out the letters and cross from a word document. I printed the letters out in reverse so I could spray adhesive them to the backside of the wood so I wouldn’t have to do any sanding since the letters were so small and fragile. The borders and appliqués I got from the local hardware store. Since I have not really worked with stains before, I did have some trouble with the borders and appliqués staining. They were very blotchy the first time and had to remove some of the stain the best I could and redo it. I did mitered corners on the borders and did my best to line up the pattern so it looked to flow around the corners. The staining on the box was no real trouble. Where I struggled the most was with applying the poly. I really need to read more on how to do this, but I was under a short deadline to get this done in time.
I know I still have a LONG way to go, but I could see my dad and family really appreciated it. They could tell I put a lot of work and heart into it. I hope you enjoy it, and try not to beat up on a very novice woodworker. I love woodworking and I am eager to learn so much more about it and tackle even more projects in the future.
-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX