I am looking for information on cremation urns. I plan on making one
for my future use ( a long time from now, I hope) out of wood. I know
they are sized at about 1 cu.in. / pound of person. Do they require a
liner or are they just a fancy box? I have Doug Stowe's books on box
making so I have a lot of ideas for boxes. Ideas and suggestions are
appreciated. Thanks, JG
The only two I've seen ( one wood & one plastic) have the remains in a
plastic bag. So I guess it's kind of a liner. The one my mother is in is
about 7"H 7"W 5"D and she was 5'3" and around 160 give or take. It's not
much bigger than a Ziploc freezer bag. I'm sure if you make it small enough
for the mantle and not so big it needs wheels you should be fine.
My uncle makes those here in Oregon he told me that you are required the
plastic bag and a container to put the bag in inside the urn. Like a hard
plastic sealable boxt that would fit inside.
I hope this helps.
My Dad had my step mother cremated. He is using an ornate antique jewery
box made of wood for her remains. Her remains were returned from the
funeral director in a heavy duty sealed plastic bag placed in a brown
corragated cardboard box about 7"x7"x7" in size. He keeps the cardboard
box inside the jewery box until he is gone and both my dad and step
mother's remains will be poured into the ocean / body of water, together,
per his request. The jewery box is approx. 12" x 9" x 9", large enough to
contain the corregated box. I think it represents a respectful way of
"storage"(a better term escapes me right now) until the time comes to
carry out their last request.
It would probably depend on what state you're in and the state/county/city
In CA, we found that the ashes have to be in a sealed metal container, done at
the crematorium, then placed in whatever container you put around that..
If you're thinking of turning an urn, Check out this section of Bill Grumbine's
I made boxes for the ashes of my Father, and neice. Both projects
depressed me so much I couldn't go back in the shop for months.
I have since started making Jewelry / Findings boxes for all the family, as
The ones I make are fairly large, 12L X 7H X 9D.
The crematorium will put the remains through a pulverizer so that you
are left with loose ash. The packaging may be different among
different funeral homes but the one I have experience with was a
plastic box about 4"x6"x3". The box I made for it is the simple teak
box on this page:
I think turned urns are more popular than boxes.
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