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Project by TheMadCarpenter posted 02-12-2018 09:19 PM 946 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a basic pine casket I made. I hope not to need it anytime soon.

75 1/2” long, 29” wide, 23 5/8” tall (Outside measurements). I used decent home center lumber and nicer brass tinted screws, and hide glue on all joints.

I think I’m in the area of $300.00 or so regarding materials. This one is a little custom on the height, but I’m a pretty big guy, lol.

For the time being, I haven’t done any upholstery in the interior (plus, I’m going to be in a shroud anyway)

A family member has expressed interest in having one built and if so, I will post some pics of one with more average dimensions





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Bill_Steele

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#1 posted 02-12-2018 09:38 PM

Nice casket—I also hope you don’t need it any time soon. What kind of finish are you thinking—poly, stain, paint? I wonder if it be in poor taste to have people sign the casket and/or maybe write an inspirational message when they pay their respects.

I wish you well.

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 02-12-2018 11:43 PM

I’ve thought about this kind of thing from time to time, but in the end, signed the papers to have myself cremated and put into a small urn.
I might turn the urn, but somehow, that seems to signify acknowledging the end…not ready to go there yet. Still, I have the Kingwood on my wood shelf, and that is what I would turn the urn out of, making it dense and hard, like stone almost.

Good looking casket. Bit morbid for my tastes, but hey, death is 100% fatal. We all gotta go sometime. Where you gonna store it for the next few decades, years, infinity??

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Andre

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#3 posted 02-12-2018 11:50 PM

Very practical project! I’m thinking BLO finish? Side handrails look a little light duty, maybe a couple more screws?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pottz

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#4 posted 02-13-2018 12:09 AM

well there’s something we dont see here everyday,probably because most dont want to think about death or building there own coffin.lots of urns pop up now and then,made a few of those for friends and pets myself.i gave my dad a book on how to build your own coffin for christmas one year,he just never got around to using it though,probably good because he was cremated!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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TheMadCarpenter

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#5 posted 02-13-2018 01:09 AM


Nice casket—I also hope you don t need it any time soon. What kind of finish are you thinking—poly, stain, paint? I wonder if it be in poor taste to have people sign the casket and/or maybe write an inspirational message when they pay their respects.

I wish you well.

- Bill_Steele

I thought about having people sign off on the casket. My best friend would write vile things (like he did in my Zen garden.lol), but my ex would probably attempt cremation as inspiration. Bless them. ha ha ha

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TheMadCarpenter

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#6 posted 02-13-2018 01:11 AM



I ve thought about this kind of thing from time to time, but in the end, signed the papers to have myself cremated and put into a small urn.
I might turn the urn, but somehow, that seems to signify acknowledging the end…not ready to go there yet. Still, I have the Kingwood on my wood shelf, and that is what I would turn the urn out of, making it dense and hard, like stone almost.

Good looking casket. Bit morbid for my tastes, but hey, death is 100% fatal. We all gotta go sometime. Where you gonna store it for the next few decades, years, infinity??

- Tennessee

I’m planning on clamping the top to the bottom and adding shelves to the interior. I have room in the back of the shop to stand it up

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TheMadCarpenter

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#7 posted 02-13-2018 01:13 AM


Very practical project! I m thinking BLO finish? Side handrails look a little light duty, maybe a couple more screws?

- Andre

I have a eco-friendly recipe from Northwoods Casket Company that I’m thinking about. The side rails are 1×3’s and there are a lot of 2” screws and glue throughout

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 02-13-2018 09:31 PM

You did a nice job on this cabinet. It’s a very practical piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 02-13-2018 09:32 PM

My ashes can be scattered under a rose bush or in the vegetable garden. When we’re gone we’re gone.

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pottz

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#10 posted 02-13-2018 10:34 PM



My ashes can be scattered under a rose bush or in the vegetable garden. When we re gone we re gone.

- dhazelton

wow high class burial,i told my wife to just flush me-she said no problem-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Rick

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#11 posted 02-14-2018 12:07 AM

Nice Casket! & Well Done!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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calisdad

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#12 posted 02-14-2018 04:46 PM

Well as long as it’s for you, you can whatever you want.
If I had it I would get some upholstery in there and take naps now and again.

thanks for sharing.

-- Groveland, CA.

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