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    Another Urn

    We lost my wife's oldest brother to COVID a short while back. This is not what I would have picked for a first project out of the new shop but, the shop was ready enough so we offered. I did a mock up out of poplar since I haven't actually made anything in over 2 years. With a few adjustments we settled on a final design.

    I resaw some sapele so that the faces will match well.
    Urn-Mike (3).jpg . Urn-Mike (7).jpg
    I groove for the top and mill the top's joinery profiles.
    Urn-Mike (10).jpg . Urn-Mike (15).jpg
    I use the bandsaw to taper the upper and lower faces (that's the prototype in the pic). I then fair the curve at the edge sander. The arc on the piece of tape allows me to check my progress during this essentially freehand operation.
    Urn-Mike (24).jpg . Urn-Mike (28).jpg
    I am using some cast metal feet to complete the look.
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    The first coat of ARS is on.
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    I'll post a final shot in a couple of days (finishing hang time).
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-07-2021 at 3:15 PM.
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    Glenn,
    I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
    I think that will be a fine tribute to him.

    If I may ask, how did you determine the necessary dimensions to contain his ashes?

    Respectfullly,
    Fred
    Last edited by Frederick Skelly; 11-07-2021 at 9:21 PM.
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    The understated elegance works well.

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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Frederick Skelly View Post
    If I may ask, how did you determine the necessary dimensions to contain his ashes? Respesctfullly,Fred
    Rule of thumb is 1 cubic inch per pound of the person's weight when healthy. Internal size is an important dimension but, outer dimensions can be just as important if the urn will be interred. This seems to vary so I would check generally in your area and specifically with the location of internment if known.
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    Wow..the subtle radius on that is beautiful. What a fitting tribute to your spouse's brother...sincere condolences to both of your.
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    Sorry for your loss. The creative design of the urn is a nice tribute for your BIL.

    How did you cut the box joints? I imagine if they are a bit snug or swell with applied glue, they might be a bit fragile during assembly given the direction of the grain.

    Congrats on the incredible new shop!
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    Thanks all. Box joints were cut with an i-box and a dado stack. A key in a sacrificial fence or whatever method you prefer for box joints will do.
    box joint sac fence 001.jpg . Variable FInger Joint Jig (6).jpg
    I did make the fit quite snug and you are correct about taking care due to grain orientation. We are sometime faced with challenges that keep the craft interesting. I wanted the ribbon sapele figure flowing upwards and wanted the box joints for their look. He was a machinist and a fabricator and I wanted to echo that feel without going hard core steam punk .

    I would normally dry fit the box and simply rabbet the top and bottom edges to accept the top and bottom panels. With the grain orientation and desired tight fit I didn't want to be putting the fingers together and taking them apart repeatedly. That is why I went with the slots and floating top panel. I did rabbet for the bottom after the main piece was glued up. I will show some more on that once the finishing process is done. I had forgotten how much patience the finishing stage requires .
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    Love it! I've a friend that had made one for a customer of his using box joints like yours. I think his were 3/8" fingers. Looked really nice in a maple. I really like the curve of yours....
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    I added felt dots to the feet. I also add a small felt dot to the underside. This will apply pressure to the bottom to hold it tight.





    The feet are antique bronze but keep looking "gold" in the pics ;-)

    And a few more final shots.



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    I hope my ashes go into something half that nice. Really beautiful work, Glenn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    I hope my ashes go into something half that nice. Really beautiful work, Glenn.

    Couldn't have said anything better.

    Sorry for you and your families loss Glenn.

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    Condolences.

    Very nice work.

    MK

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