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Reclaimed Birdseye Maple - Dog Urn

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Project by Tooch posted 10-15-2013 05:31 PM 1223 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was recently taking apart the old workbenches that we had at school, and found this awesome piece of Maple in the back of a long drawer. Like, it was literally the back of the drawer. Being a frugal woodworker, I definitely couldn’t pass this up…. I was just waiting for the right time to use it.

Anyhow, a couple weeks went passed, and I found out my friend just had to put his dog down. When he told me they got her cremated, he showed me the cardboard box that held Amber’s remains, and the light bulb went off in my head.

This is actually my first attempt at a mitered box with splines. I had to make the jig that you see here, and decided that I’d just try it along the fence for now. I think it worked out pretty well, I was even able to adjust the fence to get different measurements from the ends to avoid a symmetrical look.

The raised top and splines are Walnut, and the pictures do not due the Maple justice. Finished with several coats of gloss lacquer. Thanks for looking – comments (and any tips for a better Jig) are welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails





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kdc68

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 09:45 PM

I think you did a great job here. The birdseye looks great. You definitely gave it a better purpose than a back of a drawer. The walnut splines are proportioned perfectly and together with the walnut top really complements the maple. No tip for your jig only because you got great results using it….don’t fix it if it isn’t broken….
Can you tell me where did you get the hardware?

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 12:46 AM

That is some great birdseye and you did a great job on the entire project. Your jig appears to have worked perfectly. I like the “window” in mine so I can see to adjust the blade height and I am partial to jigs that “ride the fence” so they don’t tend to wander.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 03:11 AM

Looks very nice! Well done!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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Tooch

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 04:30 AM

kdc68 I got the clasp from a website called Klockit.com – they have lots of Hardware, lamp and clock kits, as well as other accessories that are fairly inexpensive. BUT- as always you get what you pay for…

gfadvm can you post a link to your jig when you get a chance? I really like this type of box and can see myself running with it some more… I’d just like to see what you mean by “window” – Thanks!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 10:43 AM

Tooch....thank you for the info

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 12:52 PM

A very nice box Tooch, you did very well on this being a first. Tooch, I too made my jig after Andy’s (gfadvm ) design.

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 04:54 PM

Great looking box. Very clean and elegant.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 12:10 AM

Click for details

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 01:01 AM

gfadvm.....nice jig….thanks for sharing…added to my favorites

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 10-17-2013 01:34 AM

Hope it serves you as well as mine has served me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-17-2013 09:39 AM

yeah that definitely looks awesome, thanks for posting. I never though of wrapping it up and around the fence, and clamping it to the jig makes a lot of sense, too.

thanks again!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 10-18-2013 05:39 AM

Very nice!

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#13 posted 10-22-2013 03:02 AM

looks amazing. Im curious of how you did the raised top. Ive never seen it done before.

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