|Project by BArnold||posted 11-30-2013 01:44 PM||956 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
One of our neighbors died at age 96 in August. His wife mentioned wanting something to put his ashes in that looked better than the cardboard box that came from the funeral home. I showed her a design I had seen on another forum and she liked it. She knows I’m busy on one large project and always have smaller things going, so she was a bit hesitant to ask if I could have the urn ready by Christmas. I delivered it to her several days before Thanksgiving so her family could see it while they were here.
The design is based on Greene & Greene elements. I had plenty of Honduran mahogany left from a previous project, so that became the wood of choice. The dark accessories are wenge. Also, I decided to make two urns, since my wife and I are also going to be cremated (not that we’re ready to move in quite yet!). I enlarged the original design somewhat to allow the ashes of two people to be placed inside. The inside dimensions work out to be approximately 9” long by 5” wide by 6” tall. I used my Incra router fence and right-angle jig to make the fingers after working out the cutting locations in my SketchUp drawing. The top is held in place with pocket screws from the inside of the box. Access to the inside is via four screws in the bottom.
Since the ashes will remain in the plastic bag from the funeral home, there is no need to have the box tightly sealed, therefore I performed all finish steps before final assembly. The corners are held together with five #6×1” screws that get covered by the plugs. Making the plugs was the most tedious part of the process, especially since I had never made them before! Finish is Target waterborne products starting with sealer, three coats of clear gloss and a final topcoat of semi-gloss.
-- Bill, Thomasville, GA