|Project by TVT||posted 03-29-2014 06:22 AM||2071 views||5 times favorited||24 comments|
A few weeks ago my 89 year old grandmother unexpectedly, but peacefully, passed away. Shortly after finding out I received a call from my dad and uncle asking me to build the casket with the help of some cousins and other family. I was told I had 6 days and they wanted it to be made with tongue and groove pine. Talk about a scramble. It was stressful but a huge honor.
We basically made it up as we went with only outside dimensional limits to go off of. By the time it was finished we had used T&G pine for the box and were deciding what to make the handles out of when I saw some walnut on the shelf. We trimmed it with walnut, adding a great contrast to the pine. It was suggested that we use Mineral Oil as a finish due to the time constraint. It went on easy with no odors or runs. It gave it a good shine that brought out the wood grain. After taking a few days off work and a lot of hours we completed it in time. It was finished off by my wife, sister, and mom as they did the inside lining.
-- Measure once, cut twice - you think I would learn!