Didn't this topic come up here within the last year or so?
Might do a Google search to see what the archives hold.
In the meantime, here's a link or two to get you started
To determine the volume (size) you'll need:
Check out hardwood urns on the left column
I did one for my mom's ashes. I made it so that the cardboard urn that the
crematorium would just fit inside. That way we didn't have to open the
cardboard one. You might check with your friend to see what the container
size is that the ashes are in now.
I made my mom's out of black walnut, laser engraved the lid, and we buried
the it with her ashes inside on the land that her grandfather homesteaded in
the Oklahoma panhandle. It's one of the most cherished things I've ever
made even though I'll never see it again.
What was your friend like? Think about a design that will reflect his
A friend of mine was an traditionalist woodworker. His dream was to
retire and spend all his time in his barn making sawdust. Unfortunately
cancer got him just after retirement. The urn his two best friends made
for his ashes was a scale model of his barn complete with a wood shingle
roof and copper roofed cupola. I set his work bench up with tools and if
you open the door, there is a picture of him standing in the doorway.
Many parts came from doll house suppliers and others were custom made.
Now he'll always be where he wanted to be. RIP, Don.
Interesting that this came up. I was wanting to build miniature
(traditional shape) coffins to be used as 'urns'. I was planning to
assemble with box joints at all intersections using wood varieties as
available with a copper liner. My family thinks I'm a bit off on
This place has plans for fullsize coffins, but I think you can get
ideas from the pics and downsize from there. About 3-4 quart capacity
should be about right. I'm guessing a that few weeks to custom build
one (decide on wood, shape, size, jointery, finish) after someone dies
may be a bit long.
It would be nice to see what you come up with.
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