commissioned casket

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Project by craven posted 11-12-2008 02:59 AM 2655 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, this was not my halloween prop entry! This is actually a commissioned piece that a customer wanted for himself. He is a healthy eighty years old, but is getting all his affairs in order now. When he first asked me to build it, I told him we were not going to have that conversation because he didn’t need one. A month later, he asked me again. Since the morbidity factor had been addressed earlier, I was a little more willing to talk about it. Actually, once I took the project on, it was a great opportunity for creative expression. He was really fun to deal with, he didn’t have many specific requests or requirements, except when he asked for a skylight or a window on the side to look out of !!!! I can’t think of a time that I have felt a higher compliment then when he asked me to do this for him.

-- let the chips fly!

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-12-2008 03:18 AM

That is a great compliment! And you rose to the occasion by providing a beautiful casket.

Did you base the design on purchased plans, or did you design from scratch yourself?

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 11-12-2008 03:45 AM

That’s dead good.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 11-12-2008 04:28 AM

Damian, I’d say it’s “drop-dead gorgeous”.

By the way, Craven, that looks like quite a shop you’ve got there.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-12-2008 04:55 AM

I was caught by the morbidity at first, but the comment of the sky light broke the ice! Great looking “box.” I read somewhere that this type of project shows the highest respect for someone and you show it very well.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 11-12-2008 06:14 AM

wow…that is a tough thought—-asking for a casket…i never thought of that…as a request…but of course it is truly a great honor…your finished project turned out great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 11-12-2008 06:21 AM

Great project, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 11-12-2008 07:35 AM

That is absolutely beautiful… in my humble opinion. I see it as a shame of something going into the ground and not really getting to be enjoyed. (boy that was a weird way to say that).


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#8 posted 11-12-2008 08:07 AM

Funny, Kerux, but the way I look at it, the buyer actually got a chance to see the goods before being interred.

Great project, nicely done.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#9 posted 11-12-2008 06:18 PM

I think the most revolting thing about this thread is how clean and neat your shop looks. I would be ashamed to call my self a woodworker with a shop floor like that.

What an honerable project, and you carried out the task wonderfully.

Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 11-12-2008 07:17 PM

I agree with the other posts. It is a real compliment and an honor to be asked to provide a dignified resting place.
You have certainly done so. well done.

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#11 posted 11-12-2008 07:25 PM

I wpuld build one for my Mother-in Law for free…..if she promised to use it soon!
A unique project beautifully executed.
I don’t plan on needing a casket as creamation is my wish….....but a handful of sawdust in the fire with me would be nice.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#12 posted 11-12-2008 08:21 PM

Thank you for all the comments! I hope if any of you are requested to do such a project, give it some consideration, the reward is worth it!

-- let the chips fly!

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#13 posted 11-13-2008 04:20 AM

Looks great, Not to be morbid but that is a niche I often thought people would consider. Why settle only for what is offered and sounds like you meet a quality friend.

-- J. Jacobson, Rockford Illinois,

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#14 posted 11-13-2008 04:35 AM

What a great Job did you have plans

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 11-13-2008 05:33 AM

Craven, I don’t think this has any mobidity to it at all…instead a very sincere and high level of honor and respect.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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