Coffin Bookcase

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Project by Jim posted 12-17-2014 03:36 AM 1862 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is easily the weirdest project I’ve ever done. Back in June, my sister (who likes things that are a little out of the ordinary) emailed me and said I would love to have a coffin bookcase. At first I thought she was kidding but a quick call confirmed that she was indeed serious. I had been promising to make something for her new apartment so the build was on. I initially thought this would be easy, after all it’s just a box … isn’t it. Hah!

This was a challenge in every way! if you notice there are absolutely NO right angles anywhere. I decided the easiest way to do this was with a full size drawing. That way I could take the angles directly from the paper to the wood with no measuring. I just lined up my sliding bevel on the huge sheet of paper on the floor, and transferred whatever angle needed to the wood. It worked amazingly well! I’m so glad I took that approach because everything fit like a glove in the end. I pre-painted all the parts before assembly to avoid having to paint in all the nooks and crannies. I’ve not done that before because I figured the amount of cleanup of nicks and chips from knocking around the shop would just mean I would have to re-finish anyway. There was a certain amount of truth to that but in the post assembly paint job it was more of a touch up so I’m very glad I chose to pre-finish.

I also learned a lot of history behind these things. For instance I learned that this is not a casket, it’s a coffin. A casket is a 4 sided box where a coffin, like this one, has 6 sides.

It was loads of fun to build. It was hilarious watching the reaction of passers by when I was working in the summer with the workshop/garage door open. Anyway it’s all done and I’m kinda sad that it’s over! The next part is to deliver it so that should be entertaining driving along with this strapped onto the roof racks of my Toyota RAV4. I have recorded and photographed the entire project from beginning to end and am working now on putting it together into a video which will include the adventurous delivery. I will post that here when it’s done.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 03:46 AM

Nice project !! Abby would love it!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 04:01 AM

Abby from NCIS and my sister are similar in many ways Jim :-)

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 05:04 AM

Nicely done! I love the color contrast.


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#4 posted 12-17-2014 05:48 AM

To die for!

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