A Mother's Urn

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Project by JoeyG posted 583 days ago 1745 views 3 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very dear friend of my wife’s asked if I could make a urn for her mother who had passed. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest honors that can be asked of a woodworker. It’s also it’s most challenging. How does one go about building the final resting place for someone? That, I found, is a tough question to answer. I hope this box is worthy.

My goal was to have the box appear seamless when it is sealed. The lid is held in place with friction. It’s a very tight fit and should hold, but I will suggest a couple of drops of super glue for a permanent seal. I thought about many different ways to use hinges and locks, but none gave me the “sealed” look I was going for.

The box is made of Bubinga with a curly maple banding and medallion. The finish is polycrylic. I still plan to buff it out with paste wax and add a satin liner.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 583 days ago

absolutely beautiful. some amazing lines

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#2 posted 583 days ago

Joey, Very nicely done, I have also built a few of these lately, a very humbling build, always asking myself is it good enough? I also think it is a great honor, thanks for sharing, Bob

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 583 days ago

Thanks Bob, I am still asking myself that. I guess I will continue to until it reaches it’s destination.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 583 days ago

It is gracefull and beautifull. You did a great job!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#5 posted 583 days ago

I’m sure the recepient will cherish it. Did you consider carving her Mother’s name on it? And perhaps the dates of her birth and death

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 583 days ago

Stunning, beautiful and gorgeous!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 583 days ago

I read somewhere (certainly around here) that in order for these to hold well with the acidic ashes inside, you need some special wood but I can’t remember which one… Anyway, it looks beautiful.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 583 days ago

Most of the ones I have seen are made from everyday oak and cherry. Plus the remains are in a sealed plastic back so I hope there will be no problems. I will have to research that some. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 583 days ago

Beautiful work Joey a wonderful tribute .

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 583 days ago

With just some quick research, I have found nothing about this. And just browsing whats available, they are made in all kinds of woods.

Perhaps you were thinking of Spanish Cedar and humidors?

Anyone know about this please chime in. I would hate to have a problem on a box that is this important to someone.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 583 days ago

Nicely done. Like the maple you used. Relates well with the bubinga.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 583 days ago

Nice work Joey, what a wonderful resting place bravo!

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#13 posted 583 days ago

A wonderful project, like all your work.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#14 posted 583 days ago

to me joey, this is the nicest box you have made, i really like it and im sure your customer does to, good work buddy…mighty fine…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 583 days ago

I would certainly call that home, what an awesome job you did.

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