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Project by gizmodyne posted 06-29-2008 05:40 PM 3132 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Make of quartersawn white oak, with walnut inlay. Danish oil finish. I chose the knots to represent the rough oaks at the ranch he owned in San Louis Obispo County.

Oak from Bill’s ranch.

This box served as the cremation urn of William Franklin Grider. The service included full military honors.

Born in Missouri August 3, 1924 in a one room house with no electricity or running water.


Served his country proudly in World War II when he enlisted at 17 in the Army Air Core.

Re-enlisted for the Korean War. Retired as a Sergeant as a Los Angeles County Marshall.

Receiving Officer of the year award.

Rancher in Atascadero, Ca.

Loved motorcycles, dogs, his family, and God. Died June 13, 2008.


Survived by many who will mis him dearly including me and and my wife Kristin, his granddaughter.


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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trifern

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 05:51 PM

Beautiful box and a heart warming story. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 06-29-2008 05:52 PM

Beautiful box. It sounds like Bill had a wonderul life and loving family.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Woodhacker

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#3 posted 06-29-2008 06:00 PM

Very nice! It sounds like your grandfather was a great person to know. I like the urn a lot. Quartersawn has it’s own unique look, & I like the inlaid cross too.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Bigbuck

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#4 posted 06-29-2008 06:12 PM

Very nice box. I realy like the cross it adds a nice touch. Sorry for your loss.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 06-29-2008 06:17 PM

Really nice project, John. It came out beautifully. The oak knot is great, it really does remind you of all those scrub oaks in SLO.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#6 posted 06-29-2008 06:24 PM

Thank You for sharing this…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 06:32 PM

John;

Sorry to hear about your family’s loss.

Sounds like a great man. The kind that made this country what it is.

Your box is quite elegant as is your accounting of his life.

Wishing you the best;

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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ND2ELK

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 07:41 PM

Beautiful box and beautiful story. I am sure Bill would have been pleased with the box you made. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 08:30 PM

Beautiful in all respects.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 09:19 PM

Betsy said it for me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#11 posted 06-30-2008 12:18 AM

I ditto Betsy as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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lew

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#12 posted 06-30-2008 12:24 AM

Thanks for the heart felt post.

And THANKS to Mr. Grider for proudly serving this country.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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gizmodyne

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#13 posted 06-30-2008 05:50 AM

Thanks for all of the comments.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 05:57 AM

Great tribute to a great man. He will be missed. His breed are dying off at a fast rate now, those that served in WW11 and Korea. Least we forget.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 06-30-2008 07:14 AM

THANKS FOR POSTING

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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