Veteran's Memorial Urn

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Project by LelandStone posted 07-27-2013 06:10 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A woodworking club in Tampa came up with a winning idea: Build a memorial urn and donate it to families of veterans who couldn’t otherwise afford one. Or, in my way of thinking, wanted something other than a mass-produced, soulless product as a container for their loved one’s cremated remains.

This is my contribution toward that end, a rectangular urn built of American black walnut and European beech, spline-joined at the corners and finished in ‘French Polish.’ Being as it’s my first attempt at a hand-rubbed finish, it’s probably rough, but I have to say I’ve become enamored of the process and will certainly repeat it. The urn is built with an eye toward wood movement, and the top and bottom ‘float’ on their fasteners and in a thin bed of silicone sealant.

The simplicity of the design notwithstanding, this was a skill-building project, in that precision was required to make a very square product with tight joints and tolerances. Just clamping the four sides together was a challenge, while maintaining some kind of alignment and squareness, for example.

Overall, a very satisfying build and hopefully, a meaningful gift to an unknown recipient.

-- Leland, OC California

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#1 posted 07-27-2013 11:44 PM

Very Nice!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 01:31 PM

It looks good. Like the joints and the contrasting colors of woods used. It’s a great tribute to our veterans. Great job!

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 05:58 AM

Thanks, fellas. I have enough of the corner pieces to build another, so I’ll post it soon.


-- Leland, OC California

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