A couple Sundays ago my father in law passed away unexpectedly. He was to be cremated so I volunteered to make an urn for his ashes.This box is made from aromatic cedar and walnut. I put (walnut) corner splines in place and ran a strip through the boards used for the top and bottom. The sides were cut from a single piece of cedar that I split down the middle and bookmatched. I kept the pieces in order so the grain is continuous over three of the four sides. I used a simple wax finish on the outside.My wife seems to really like it and I think that it will be a fitting place for his ashes to be. I think that it came out pretty good.
There's something particularly rewarding about banging out a project in 10 minutes or less.This is a display stand for the paint jugs in my school's innovation lab. We try to keep things in there looking “rough built” so that the students don't feel intimidated… but I do enjoy cranking out this stuff myself! Very rewarding to solve a problem and complete a project so fast.1/2 inch Home Depot plywood. Glue and nails. Used the jigsaw cutoff from the lower step as a brace for the upper shelf.
My WWII vet Dad bought this saw new in 1960 for just under $300. He kept the receipt and all the manuals. When I was young I remember him using it quite a lot including building our Cub Scout troop's pinewood derby track. After Dad passed away, it became my property. I already had some modern tools and didn't use it since it was as old as me. Then a friend who is a professional furniture maker sent me the Mr. Sawdust book when I told him what I had. I cleaned up and lubricated the all original saw, built the steel reinforced table and a three shelf rolling cart. The cart has 100 pounds of concrete in the base for stability. The saw runs smoothl and quiet. With the new blade it cuts clean and extremely accurate. Added a dust collection box that really works and a laser. Amazing how well this old war horse works and makes me think of dear old Dad. For laughs, check out the picture at the top of the owners manual back cover that shows typical Dad cutting wood in front of adoring Mom as Junior is about to take a face full of sawdust.