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Project by Huds posted 01-02-2014 05:23 PM 1254 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We lost our beloved English Setter a few days after Christmas 2011. We had her cremated and her ashes were returned in a nice urn however, I had seen boxes such as this before online. I came up with the custom size/dimensions to fit our dogs urn on my own. Fitting the tile in the front was a challenge, the opening is chamfered from the back and custom cut to fit the natural variation in the contour of the tile. The tile is a Motawi, orange poppies. I fumed this piece and finished it with oil. It is out of quarter sawn white oak.

You can pretty clearly see why we chose the Motawi tile we did, very fitting!





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#1 posted 01-02-2014 05:29 PM

An elegant tribute to a beloved pet—very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 07:05 PM

You build a beautiful box for your friend.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 07:16 PM

Thanks much. It’s certainly one of our most treasured things and prehaps more importantly it brings back very fond memories of the old girl.

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 07:25 PM

A very fitting tribute to a beloved pet. You did a great job!

It is difficult to determine from the photos – does the ‘cross bar’ on top keep the top of the box closed or is it just decorative?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 07:51 PM

Hi Ron. Thanks for the comments. The cross bar is in fact functional. I added photos with the top off so you can see. The little gasket in the top is really there just to take up a small amount of “play” in the fit of the top and to provide some tension for the cross bar.

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 08:26 PM

Great idea I like how it goes together

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 10:15 PM

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 02:31 AM

Huds, great design and nice job of building. I especially like including the tile. It adds a lighter, informal touch.

You are probably using a plastic bag, but the ashes are acidic and will gather moisture and be more acidic with time. You might want to include a plastic or ceramic, lidded container inside if your design will allow it. The bag will likely crack with time.

Beautiful dog, lovely container, fine job of wood working. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 02:36 AM

Hi Al! Thanks for the comments. Yeah, she is in fact in a bag that is in a ceramic urn. You may have noticed the circular cutout in the bottom of the inside, that fits the bottom of the urn. I designed the depth of the box so that when the urn is in that cut out and the lid is on, there is about 1/16-1/8” clearance at the top so that it cannot tip over when the lid is on. Being limited to 6 photos, I couldn’t show one with the urn in it, but I wanted to. I chose to show y’all the old girl instead of the urn!

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 07:35 AM

Huds, thanks for the reply. Now I get the fostner bit cut out. I agree the picture of your dog is a great choice.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 10:11 AM

Huds, what a lovely girl she is – a great photograph. Thank you for the added info and photos it clarifies how the bar works. Very well done. I’m sure she would approve.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#12 posted 01-03-2014 04:30 PM

Huds, My wife and I are big dog lovers too. We have six urns for the number of dogs that we have been blessed with over the years. What you have done is very inspirational and certainly has me thinking about doing something similar for all of our loved ones and for the ones we have now and the future. It is very thoughtful of you. Very nice. Thank you and condolences. She looks like she was a very sweet girl.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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