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woodworkerforchrist

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05-15-2013 01:39 PM

Thoughts and ideas? I’m hearing more and more on pet memorial boxes. If I ever have more time would like to try and make some. Questions: Are these really in demand? What are options customers like on them? Pricing? What are people willing to pay? Basic dimentions? Ideal wood to use? Liner for ashes? Picture frame on top or front? Brass nameplate? Tray on top for pictures, collar, etc? A shorter version not used for ashes? Seems it could be a good item to sell. We adore our pets and unlike a casket that is burried; these are displayed in the home. Thanks in advance for all the ideas and advice!!

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta


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Tennessee

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 02:21 PM

Down here where I live, there is a thriving business for this product. The major player in my town has a state approved crematorium for pets, and offers multiple pet memorial boxes. My wife has had two done so far, much to my chagrine, but what do I know? Personally, I own a shovel and know how to build a simple cross out of pressure treated lumber. Anyway…...
The boxes MUST be totally sealed. He carries wooden ones, not many, and they all have liners. Apparently, even pet ashes can be hazardous to your health. I don’t think the state considers wood a sealable material, hence the liners. Most of what he carries is metal or stone, which does not require a liner, just a permanently sealed lid. It is usually epoxied on by the funeral guy.

He charges upwards of $65 to $100 for his wooden boxes, most of which are made in China. His stone ones, they come from places like Italy and Sicily, and can go up to $165-200. I think the last one I bought came in around $165, a simple marble urn. We never bought a wooden one. He bundles the services on the stone ones, so that tells me there is a huge markup in the stone over what his wholesale cost is.

Nameplates, picture holders, anything in fact, is an add on. I think I remember a brass nameplate glued to the urn was $30, which I just hit a wall at that point. I think you might be surprised at their markup, knowing the country of origin.
Personally, unless you could offer something really out of the ordinary, no cremator would probably accept your urn/casket unless it was approved by their association. I think this might vary state by state.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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Charlie

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 03:38 PM

I made several once for a guy that needed like 8 of them. I used soapstone tile and carved names into each one. They were for some oriental cats and a bunch of them came down with some disease and had to be destroyed. He requested a simple transport box from the crematorium. It’s a plastic box (can go through x-ray at airport) with the ashes in a heavy mil plastic bag inside with a twist tie. My mother’s ashes went to Florida with me the same way.

The soapstone boxes were shaped somewhat like garden pagodas. The tiles were epoxied together. I know they were still around after about 30 years as I ran into the guy in the Bahamas. Not sure where they are now.

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dean2336

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 11:01 PM

Marty, I have sold my fair share of pet urns.The cost is like everything else what you have in them and want you think what they are worth.Mine range from $50.00to$ 65.00.Some have aplace for a pictue,I don’t furnish a plaque unless they requst one that’s extra,just what the plaque and the wording cost.I have one of ech style that I make on hand so no waiting.The size is one cubic inch of box to what the live weight of the pet is.(6×6=36×6=216) this will hold a pet that weighed about 216lbs.The afore mentioned is usually big enough for the pet plus what ever else maybe put in.Go to my page( dean2336)click on love our pets or view all projects.Hope this helps.Good luck.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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