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08-05-2012 09:25 PM

Have any of you experienced fine woodworkers constructed/fabricated/assembled/or built a wooden crematory urn suitable foor placing in a niche? I have some general deminsions, but I don’t know how the top fits on or into the carcus. All pictures I’ve seen do not show dovetailed joinery, but appear to be possibly lock miters or locking rabet/dado joints.

Any help or suggestions will be certainly appreciated. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:38 AM

There are a number posted here on Lumberjocks. Just type in Urn in the search boc up above. Good luck.

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 12:50 AM

I have built a number of these.
General dims are 1 cu/in for a pound of body weight. I just make mine, size wise, something pleasing to the eye.
Joints are typically up to you. I’ve used lock miters,DT’s thru and hidden,plain miters pinned,box joints.
Mine are fixed lid with the bottom being inset/rabbit and brass screws for access.You can seal the joints inside with silicone if you wish.
I’ve used cherry,walnut and poplar. Wood choice there again is up to you.
Tops are with a brass plate and anything else you desire.
Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 01:02 AM

Not meaning to be crude or disrespectful, the lid isn’t much of a problem. It is not something that will be opened and closed a lot. just a plug that fits in the top or a lip around the outside should be fine.

The cremains that I have seen have been delivered in a sealed plastic container so, barring a lot of handling, should remain intact without relying on the tightness of the joinery. I would suggest basing the urn to hold that as I don’t even want to imagine the trauma of someone being down sweeping up the remains of a loved one if the urn suffers an accident.

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 05:55 AM

I used a sliding dovetail with a locking pin on my mother's urn Russell.

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 08:18 AM

We make them with a removable base

That way you have plenty of scope for

the top.

They have to be opened once to take out

Some ashes for the Tsa Tsa & blessing.

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 05:01 PM

I’ve made a number of urns and I’ve always made the top part of the box itself and made the bottom removable. I’ve always left the remains in the sealed container I received from the creamatory and design to allow enough space to insert the container. Design and jointery is totally up to you. This is very personal woodworking so just make it from the heart and it will be perfect.

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 05:11 PM

Thanks to all who have provided comments. I’ll be sure to consider them as I begin my work. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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