Source for small aluminum or stainless can? Or another method to seal a small urn?
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My ex-wife's father died unexpectedly last week (motorcycle accident) and I've been asked to make his urn. He was in my life for nine years, so I am honored as we got along well. The box itself is not a problem, as that will be the "main" urn.

They (my ex, her sister, and his wife) have asked for "personal" urns to scatter some ashes as they see fit. These will be small turned urns, not unlike salt shakers. My thought was to turn a blank and simply drill a hole in it to accept a tube of some sort, but I'm not married to that idea. What I really like is the idea of having something sealable on the bottom of an otherwise handheld urn. I think the ideal case would be a tube with a thumb-turn type of cap that I could recess into the bottom of an urn. I think having a threaded cap on a lid wouldn't look as nice, but there are options like that. Another option is a mechanical expansion plug, as those with nuts are somewhat unobtrusive and could be replaced with a small knurled knob.

With my grandfather, we simply used a coffee can and took it with us. I am not sure how best to approach this while still keeping the contents both secure and accessible.
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#10
Rather than a turned urn you could make a lidded box. When a dear friend died and we were going to scatter his ashes I built a box with special woods. After we scattered him (tossed him off the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque in a good crosswind) his wife had something to take home and use for memories. It meant a lot to her.

Cliff
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(09-20-2022, 04:48 PM)cpolubin Wrote: Rather than a turned urn you could make a lidded box. When a dear friend died and we were going to scatter his ashes I built a box with special woods. After we scattered him (tossed him off the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque in a good crosswind) his wife had something to take home and use for memories. It meant a lot to her.

Cliff

The main urn will be a lidded box. I have some wormy figured koa that's probably as old as he was, and I did not have a good use for it other than something special. He loved Hawaii (probably his favorite place) so that seemed logical to me. I filled the voids and knots with epoxy and the grain looks pretty amazing so I'm happy. It's only enough for the sides of the box. The bottom and top will be something else (maybe walnut, I'm not sure).

I don't know why but for some reason I was thinking of something that fits easily in the hand for the other urns. They don't have to be turned, I guess, but it seemed like it make sense to have something that fits comfortably in a pocket.
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#12
I have a wood threader set up I use, But You can use PVC threaded fittings to turn a lidded box. Check out this   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtXAcVjwdP0
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(09-21-2022, 08:10 AM)Woodshop Wrote: I have a wood threader set up I use, But You can use PVC threaded fittings to turn a lidded box. Check out this   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtXAcVjwdP0

I have never seen that. But it's an absolutely brilliant idea. I don't even need to make part of it decorative - I could epoxy in the threaded part, and use a regular PVC plug on the bottom. If it's set deep enough that would let it sit upright on a flat surface. I will definitely test this out.
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(09-21-2022, 09:27 AM)FS7 Wrote: I have never seen that. But it's an absolutely brilliant idea. I don't even need to make part of it decorative - I could epoxy in the threaded part, and use a regular PVC plug on the bottom. If it's set deep enough that would let it sit upright on a flat surface. I will definitely test this out.

This type of thread is design to get tighter the deeper it goes if you need it to turn easier you might need to sand some thread off or turn a void at the back of the plug threads where it gets tighter.
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#15
Very clever idea! Thanks for the link.
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#16
When I turned the one for my wife I made it large eneough for me too. 1 cubic inch per pound of body weight. I epoxied in pvc fittings in the top of the vase and in the cap. Workrd great.
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