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Making a Crematory Urn Box: Part I

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DougStowe Doug Stowe, Contributing author
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Photo one shows cutting box material into two equal lengths.
Photo 2. Use a stop block on the 45° miter sled to cut matching parts to equal lengths.
Photo 3. Assemble the box with tape to check the actual inside dimensions and check the quality of your miters.
Photo 4. Use the router table to rout a 1/4 in. deep dado on the insides of each box side for the lid keeper strips to fit.
Photo 5. Use the table saw and cross-cut sled to size the top and bottom to fit.
Photo 6. First cut the 1/4 in. deep x 1/8 in. wide groove in the sides and then on the edges of the top and bottom panels.
Photo 7. Tape the corners after you have the grain matched at the corners and roll the sides around the top and bottom panels.
Photo 8. Pull the tape tight. For extra pressure, add more layers of tape, each pulled tight. Tape is cheap.
Photo one shows cutting box material into two equal lengths. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Photo one shows cutting box material into two equal lengths.

Photo: Doug Stowe

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Making a Crematory Urn: Part One

You may think of an urn as being more like a vase, but according to all things Google, a box can be an urn, too! Many of the wooden boxes available for purchase could be described as cheesy at best. So I designed this simple lift lid box to contain the plastic box housing the ashes of the husband of a friend. The sides are 9/16 in. thick walnut and the top and is curly ash. The corners are mitered and keyed with the same ash used for the top. The bottom panel is 1/4 in. Baltic birch plywood, glued in place to give the box additional strength.

My method for making boxes is simple and direct and evolved from many years of box making in my own shop but also from many years of teaching box making to students at various woodworking schools. My students have always been great at challenging my methods and proposing alternative techniques. I know these techniques work to make boxes quickly, and accurately... boxes that express care in the making, and these same techniques can be used to make other boxes as well... Graduation gifts, for example.

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