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08-04-2009 05:44 PM

Yeah, it’s me. I’m still here. I haven’t been active on the site in awhile, but I’ve been following along with posts and email notifications. I’m headed into the shop this week to do something that is both joyful and distasteful. This afternoon, I say goodbye to an old friend and companion and then head to the shop to make his casket. I’ll post the project. It may be morbid, but my dear old dog, Laser, has a heart the size of a watermelon (literally,) is arthritic and is now falling down. He’s a 15 year old chocolate Lab and a great friend. However, he is all used up.

If you will, please join me in saying goodbye to my buddy.

He will be cremated, and I’m going to try and make something special for his remains. I have no limitations in terms of time, materials, skill or technology to do this. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I was thinking about something with inlaid dovetails, contrasting woods…most likely maple and walnut, or maple and padauk.


Cheers to all! I’ll talk to you all soon.

Tom in Canada

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 05:57 PM

Mot -

So good to see you back after a long absence. My regrets regarding Laser. It is always hard to loose a good friend.

Knowing you his casket will be a work of art fit for a King.

Best Regards,


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#2 posted 08-04-2009 05:57 PM

Good luck Tom … sorry to hear about your loss … enjoy your time in the shop.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 06:00 PM

Inmho I would just enjoy what time you have with him and take as many photo’s as possible if you can.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 06:10 PM

Sorry about Laser, Tom.

We know how you feel.

We had a Golden Cocker Spaniel for 19 years, & they get to be one of your family.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 06:11 PM

the memories that those eyes hold.
It is a difficult time, for sure.

Sounds like your wood choices will capture the colour of his fur.

Take your time with this process and keep the kleenex handy!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 06:24 PM

so sorry to hear about your pal..your doing a very kind jesture , hold on to memories…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 06:30 PM

Good to see you Tom, only wish there were better news. There’s nothing like an old friend and having lost a couple like Laser I can only express my regrets. I’m sure whatever you make will be worthy of such a companion and I’ll be looking forward to your tribute.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 08-04-2009 06:34 PM

We lost our dog about 4 years ago and it was and it’s still is tough.
I think I know what you must be going through and I want to extend my sympathy’s to you and you family.
If you can provide for a new dog during holidays and the like I would suggest you focus on that once you have given your pal all the comfort you can.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 08-04-2009 06:50 PM

Tom: I’m sorry for the loss your suffering. I’m glad that you are going to use your skills is making something that will show your love for him.

Take care friend and come back often.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 07:00 PM

Tom, I am sorry for the loss of Laser. This is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions that you will ever have to make but despite the pain of losing him you are doing what is best for him. We lost our chocolate lab exactly 2 years ago this month. It is hard, initially to lose them, but I would not trade the lifetime of memories and love that they leave behind to avoid the pain of making this decision.

Great idea on the box. I have planned something similar but simply have not gotten around to it yet. I will be looking forward to seeing a post on yours as an inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 08-04-2009 07:49 PM

Thanks folks. It’s a somber day. I hope I can come up with something decent, but in looking at the amazing boxes on LJ, I think I’ll find a good match for sure!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 08-04-2009 07:52 PM

Tom, I am sorry about Laser. My 7 year old golden retriever has cancer and I’m not looking forward to the day that is coming. We have to cherish every moment of every day with our frends.

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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#13 posted 08-04-2009 08:04 PM


I am certain Laser would approve of what you make. Our hearts go out to you. We know what you are feeling.

Lew and Mimi

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 08-04-2009 08:25 PM

I can certainly feel your pain….we all care deeply for our companions….mine follows me everywhere I go…and she loves to lay on the spot I fixed up for her in the shop and watch me work….you can’t measure the love and friendship you get from a pet….and the void you have when they are gone.

My deepest sympathy for your loss…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 08-04-2009 09:31 PM inlay siloette (sp) of a man and his friend…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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