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Dog memorial to hang - need ideas

Today I had to make the incredibly hard decision to put my aging boxer to sleep.. I will be receiving a paw print from him and a small lock of hair as part of the cremation and was wondering if any of you had some plans or ideas for some sort of memorial I could build to hang on the wall.
Any ideas welcome especially if they have some free plans to go with it.

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Sorry to hear of your decision. I have done this and it's a hard one to make. I can't offer any plans but suggest that you hang it in a prominent place to honor your four-footed friend.

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So sorry for your loss - it is a deep pain we feel when we lose one of dearest friends...

I'm in the process of gathering my materials for a mutli-Urn box - we have the ashes of several of our friends who have passed and will be adding them to the urns along with their pictures displayed in a digital picture frame.

We don't have paw prints, so the pics will do nicely.

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So sorry for your loss - it is a deep pain we feel when we lose one of dearest friends...

I'm in the process of gathering my materials for a mutli-Urn box - we have the ashes of several of our friends who have passed and will be adding them to the urns along with their pictures displayed in a digital picture frame.

We don't have paw prints, so the pics will do nicely.

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Hello

I was wondering if you'd be willing to post pictures of your final outcome. You see, we've had to take our boy "Spots" on that long and final ride 3 weeks ago. We've received his urn and my wife has asked me to build a special box to hold the urn. Thus, I'm looking for ideas with respect to joinery, types of wood used, etc...

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The Router Forum which is owned by the same people that own this forum has a member that makes boxes of all kinds including urns for pets. His screen name is "The KY. Wood Chopper" and he is a MASTER box maker.

You also might try Etsy.

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Not sure of the size you are looking for but if you want something deep you could laminate several boards or plywood sheets together then cut the outside in a silhouette of his paw shape or his profile then route out the inside to store the memorabilia. If it only needs to be shallow to hold photos, dog tags... then you could cut the desired shape in a piece of wood then attach it to a backer board, then use a patterning router bit to trim it flush. Im thinking you can easily cut the profile with a coping saw, band saw, scroll saw...

Sorry for your loss but a great way to remember him.

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Daniel, I'm so sorry for your loss. We've had to make that decision too many times... it never gets easier.

We have a friend that makes beautiful pottery urns. We've put the ashes and mementos of those pets within those urns. I can see that you could do something similar with wood. Doing a quick search on BuildSomething led me to this... it could be modified to hinge, or leave it as is. (Obviously not as a wine holder, but you could scale as needed, but the style could be similar.)

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My preference would be a framed photograph with a brass plaque adhered with a date. Anything else seems too abstract to me.
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