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Project by Marc posted 146 days ago 814 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been just over a year since we said goodbye to our first dog, Brody, and I finally finished his memorial box. I started out with a different design entirely but scraped it after a few months because it just wasn’t “right.” (Luckily most of that wood made it into this design.) It took a while to come up with something that I really liked but one day I saw a shadow box at one of the hobby stores and I knew that’s what I wanted to do to display the clay paw print of his.

The box is a 7 1/2” cube made up of Maple and Chechen wood with a couple coats of poly. The top is secured by two recessed magnets and a couple of steel cups. The rear piece of the top is just screwed on so it can be removed if the glass ever breaks and needs to be replaced. I was worried about just gluing the Chechen wood around the top and at the base so I made them all with a tongue and fit them into a groove in the Maple sides. That’s probably overkill I know, but now I won’t worry about them. ;-)

Anyway, tonight we put Brody’s ashes, collar, and a sock he’d always steal from the laundry into the box, and dang it if I didn’t shed a couple of tears again. Oh well, as Kahlil Gibran once wrote, “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Brody, you were our delight. I hope you enjoy your new box. :-)

-- Marc, http://www.logicallymarc.com/





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bigbuddha

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#1 posted 146 days ago

Sorry to hear about your loss. The box is absolutely beautiful!!

-- helen

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Marc

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#2 posted 145 days ago

Thanks so much Helen.

-- Marc, http://www.logicallymarc.com/

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Northwest29

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#3 posted 145 days ago

How beautiful. So wonderfully crafted and the design is great. I like the paw print in the top too. Sorry for your loss – we know from experience that it gets better, but the hurt never goes away.

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

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Marc

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#4 posted 145 days ago

Thanks for the compliment Ron. I’m really pleased with the design and how it all came out too. :-)

-- Marc, http://www.logicallymarc.com/

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Jamie Gielens

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#5 posted 145 days ago

A great sentiment! We have our firs dog, Opie’s, ashes in a box supplied when he was cremated but I love the idea of making a special one just for him.

-- Jamie - l'atelier Orion

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Carbide

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#6 posted 145 days ago

That’s really great! Amazing job. Sorry about your loss…...

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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Marc

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#7 posted 145 days ago

Thanks Jamie and Carbide. The cremation place just gave us the plastic box you can see in one of the pictures and they had nicer ones for sale, but I just knew I had to make something myself. I’m glad I did.

-- Marc, http://www.logicallymarc.com/

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#8 posted 144 days ago

A beautiful box for a wonderful friend. Thank you so much for sharing with us all.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Marc

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#9 posted 143 days ago

Thanks Dave!

-- Marc, http://www.logicallymarc.com/

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Carbide

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#10 posted 115 days ago

Beautiful job Marc. Your best friend should be very happy. Great design and great idea.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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