Our next door neighbor's husband died at age 96 in August. They have been great neighbors for the seven and a half years we've lived here. When Mitzi started talking about a box or urn and how expensive they are, I offered to make her one. The first design I thought of was Rennie's urn with a G&G look. With his permission, I tweaked around with it a bit and came up with the following:
I won't go into great detail on the steps involved here. Rennie did a great tutorial in his thread.
One difference was my Incra router fence got the assignment for the fingers.
I used my Sketchup drawing to create a layout to follow on my fence, using the standard ruler that I slid in the top slot on the carriage. After zeroing the fence to the 1/2" straight router bit, I simply had to set the fence at the appropriate location for a cut.
Not that we plan to move in anytime soon, but I made two urns at the same time - one for the neighbor and one for my wife and me. Both are made with inside dimensions that total about 250c.i., which should be big enough for two people.
For the finish, I used Target sealer, three coats of clear gloss, and a final topcoat of semi-gloss. I did not use any dye or stain as we wanted to keep the wood natural.