Wooden Cremation Urns

I always feel very honored when I am asked to build a cremation urn but, needless to say, it’s almost always a very difficult task emotionally. I’ve made 4 of them in the last few years and 3 out of 4 were for the ashes of a family member or close friend. The first one I made was for my 24 year old nephew who was killed in a car accident. I came up with a simple design that can be made fairly quickly. It is a simple dovetailed box with a sliding top that is secured with a brass screw. Like most furniture makers I save scraps of wood with interesting grain and a box like this is a perfect use for such pieces of wood. The dimensions of the box are 10″ x 7″ x 4 1/2″ high so just about any cut off will be large enough.

Richard Bissell
Putney, Vermont
See my Shaker and Mission inspired furniture at BissellWoodworking.com


2 thoughts on “Wooden Cremation Urns

  1. Tegan Marriott

    Your work is very beautiful & minimalistic. How much are you charging for per urn? If two are bought would there be an applied discount? My Grandfather passed in October , the urn the cremation service provided us serves its function, but I was looking for something that would be more suitable. My Grandfather was in the lumber business for over 40 years , so he worked with wood for a large portion of his life. My boyfriend also has his Father’s ashes but is in need of a nice urn.


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