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Mike AtencioBy Mike Atencio
First created
Mike AtencioBy Mike Atencio
First created
$47
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
5
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 15 2018 3:08 PM UTC +00:00

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About

I'm Mike and I make wood cremation urns then gift them for free. Nobody ever pays a cent for the urn. If they can afford shipping then that's all I ask, otherwise, I even ship the urn for free. The Project picture is representational of why I'm raising money for a 3D carving machine.

Why do I do this?

When I was much younger, my grandpa passed away. Mom couldn't afford an expensive coffin for him and support the family so the mortuary put Grandpa George in some kind of temp box. When his service was held (he is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery) the temporary box fell apart. It was tragic and my mom never really got over the guilt of not being able to afford his coffin.

It was such a terrible experience that I decided no one should ever have to go through that again. That's why I make these urns. Unfortunately, the woodworking tools I have aren't for fine cabinetry. I can build and fix things around the house and make stuff for friends. High quality urns is a completely different thing altogether. These are the final resting place for loved ones. They must be fitted and joined correctly or they can fall apart.

That certainly wouldn't be cool. This CNC wood router machine can make exact cuts, custom carvings and more, and do it faster than I can by doing them one at a time.

So that's my story. If you have questions, ask me. If you have a request for one, contact me and I'll put you on the list. I hope you'll fund my project and make a big change in people's lives when they need it most.

FYI about why each has to be custom cut: 

VOLUME CALCULATION. Let’s start with the volume calculation. It turns out the cremation process removes all the water – about 60% of body mass. Then, the heat reduction of the other elements results in about 1 cubic inch of material per pound of body weight. So, a person weighing 180 pounds requires about 180 cubic inches inside their cremation casket or urn. One final word – don’t go overboard, but it’s probably better to error on the high side – well, just in case… Here’s a formula you can use – it’s just a bit of simple algebra: L x W x H = V – that is – Length x Width x Height = Volume. An applied example for, say, 180 cubic inches might be 5 x 4 x 9 = 180. Knowing this, you can increase or decrease the length, width and/or height to adjust the volume of your casket. Our example in this article is 5 x 5 x 9-1/2 for a total of 237.5 cubic inches.

Complicated enough to need a CNC machine.

Thanks,

Mike

Risks and challenges

The biggest hurdle for me is learning the software. The basic software is really easy to use. Intricate carving on the other hand requires learning an autocad drafting program. That is much more difficult to learn. Fortunately, I have a couple of trade schools that have offered to teach me the basics to help me design my urns. I first have to have the proper machine so I'll know what software I'll have to learn.

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