Maple and Cherry Cremation Urn

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Project by CooperDBM posted 03-10-2014 03:04 PM 1807 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cremation urn is my first serious attempt at a mitred box or fine woodworking in general. It’s maple and cherry with a Danish oil and wax finish. The vertical cherry connecting the mitre splines is inlaid. Most of the materials used once belonged to the person the urn was made for, who was also a woodworker. The remains are sealed in the bottom two-thirds while the open top allows for an accessible space for mementoes. The design was intended to give a sense of Japanese forms.

As an early effort for me there are numerous small flaws. Part of the satisfaction was correcting the flaws to a point where only I seem to notice them.

Kiefer’s box,, provided some inspiration for the design.

-- Dave, Ottawa, ON

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 03:42 PM

Looks good

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 05:32 PM

Verry nice and elegant box.I like the corner cubes especialy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 06:35 PM

Great tribute to a woodworker.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 06:36 PM

Nicely designed and crafted -

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

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 09:12 PM

Good looking box, sucks for the reason it had to be made.

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 11:09 PM

Beautiful box.
Love the corner treatment and top detail.

Really good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 01:47 AM

Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 02:54 AM

Nicely done. I’m sure it’s appreciated by the family. It’s quite elegant.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 11:16 AM

This is beautifully made. Extremely well done

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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