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Project by JasonH posted 10-26-2008 05:38 AM 2222 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I was a kid, I wanted a creepy cemetery in my front yard. Not the blood-n-guts kind, something more along the lines of Hitchcock, who was famous for leaving the scariest parts up to your imagination. Nevermind, said my folks, not under our roof. You want a cemetery, you can do it in your own front yard!

Many moons later, I have my own house, my own yard, and my own cemetery. The columns are made of 1/4” ply with simple 1×4” around the tops and bottoms. Each column is also filled with 120 lbs of top soil (the cheapest weight I could find, at $1/40lbs) to help protect against the unpredictable October weather.

The fence components are made of 1×2 pine, with simple PVC pipe cut for the “wrought iron” uprights.

Most of the tombstones are made of 1 1/2” pink foam insulation, which I cut to shape using a variety of tools, from el-cheapo serrated knives, to a bandsaw, and a scroll saw, and even a basic box-cutter razor. Once the shape was made, I cut the lettering using my Dremel, and painted. The mounting techniques for the tombstones are a trade secret, don’t ask unless you have already sent me a bottle of 21-year old scotch.

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-- Living on the square...





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Napaman

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#1 posted 10-26-2008 08:23 AM

creepy…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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woodyone

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#2 posted 10-26-2008 09:17 AM

Wow great job, and i agree …creepy.

Woody.

-- Woody, UK

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Russel

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#3 posted 10-26-2008 01:05 PM

Very cool.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#4 posted 10-26-2008 07:03 PM

awesome job!!! I think I hear some scary voices in the background.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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JasonH

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#5 posted 10-26-2008 08:14 PM

Thanks all…the full-night pics are tough because of the other lights in an around the scene. We’ve also got a strobe that fires behind the obelisk, and a smoke machine or two that helps to cover the ground on “show-night”. We don’t usually bother to get dressed; kids are scared enough to have to come into the cemetery to get their treats. Every so often, I’ll holler “BOO”; one poor kid dropped his candy along the driveway trying to get away. We had to chase him down to give it back! LOL…

-- Living on the square...

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#6 posted 10-26-2008 11:44 PM

what a great /sad/funny story! lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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clieb91

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#7 posted 10-29-2008 03:03 AM

A great job. Looks very creepy. I really like the idea of the PVC fencing.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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itsme_timd

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 03:50 AM

This is awesome, what a great graveyard – I bet is looks really great with the strobe and smoke. Got any plots available? ;-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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John Gray

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#9 posted 10-29-2008 05:40 AM

Nice job thanks for the pictures!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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JasonH

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#10 posted 10-29-2008 01:07 PM

Hey, Tim, check the second pic…can ya see the blank tombstone? It’s “available”!

-- Living on the square...

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#11 posted 11-02-2008 12:09 AM

Nice entry, you put a lot of work into all of this.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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