|Project by Marc||posted 04-05-2014 02:12 AM||911 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
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/