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Project by AKDave posted 01-11-2015 08:09 AM 1664 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This casket (number 7) is made from cherry for the frames and cherry veneers for the panels.
Thanks for looking,
AKDave

-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, dll38sf@mtaonline.net





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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 12:26 PM

Hi Dave;

Don’t see too many people with this choice of projects. Number 7?

What are you doing with them?

Nice job on them though. Good looking shop, too.

Lee

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Wolffarmer

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 04:28 PM

Nice work. I have been considering building a casket but so far I have not found what common outside dimensions it should not go over. I do not want to buy plans as I am not going to build to traditional looking one.

Once again. Great work

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 06:54 PM

Wolffarmer,
Most cemeteries require the wood casket to be put into a concrete box to prevent the grave site from collapsing when the wood casket rots away. The inside dimensions of those concrete boxes would be your maximum size so check with your local cemetery.
Mine will be a card board box. It is a shame to see all that nice work go into the ground.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 07:50 PM

Few things make a person confront their own mortality like when they build a casket, reflective. Thanks for sharing.

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AKDave

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#5 posted 01-12-2015 01:02 AM

I build them only on commission. Before I start one, I make sure the client understands that he needs to have ap lace to store it, hopefully for a long time, because I am not going to store it for him. The client must select the wood and veneer species with certainty so he doesn’t change his mind in the end. I haven’t insisted on deposits yet, because so far, all my clients have been close and trusted friends. For someone I do not know well or at all, either a deposit, or payment in full in advance would be requested. There is more about how I got to doing these on my blog under “The Casket Story”.
Re. dimensions. It is true that a vault is required for the casket. There is a standard sized vault into which the casket must fit. However, there are also oversized vaults, for oversized caskets. I have built one oversize casket for a client who is very obese. His casket will, of course, require an oversize vault.
A good internet search will get you a number of vault manufacturers, with the dimensions of their vaults. And it is a good idea, though not really necessary, to contact your local cemeteries to find out which vaults they use. Not all are concrete. But all will conform to the “standard inside dimensions.
Thanks for the comments, and interest.
AKDave

-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, dll38sf@mtaonline.net

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Wolffarmer

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#6 posted 01-12-2015 03:57 AM

I was once a Pallbearer for an obese friend of mine. There was 8 pallbearers, and while the casket was wider and higher than normal it was not longer. Just is not enough room for 4 people on a side. Maybe a set of long poles along the side that can be detached? or something. We nearly dropped the guy. A few toes did get stepped on. I have been a pallbearer on 4-5 other funerals and it is not hard with 3 to a side.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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Dark_Lightning

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#7 posted 01-12-2015 04:28 AM



I was once a Pallbearer for an obese friend of mine. There was 8 pallbearers, and while the casket was wider and higher than normal it was not longer. Just is not enough room for 4 people on a side. Maybe a set of long poles along the side that can be detached? or something. We nearly dropped the guy. A few toes did get stepped on. I have been a pallbearer on 4-5 other funerals and it is not hard with 3 to a side.

Randy

- Wolffarmer

My three brothers and I plus a couple of brothers-in-law were pall bearers at my mother’s funeral. A wheeled table was under the coffin, so that we had to only roll it out of the church. I guess that is just an acknowledgement of the weakening of America, in some way. I personally could lift my mother with one hand back then, but she had had emphysema from smoking cigarettes, so was pretty small and light. I personally plan to donate my body to science. The organization of my choice will select organs needed for research and then toast the rest of me to a crackly crunch, free of charge, and deliver same to my family. Win-win.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Wolffarmer

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#8 posted 01-12-2015 01:21 PM

I have seen that also in the last funeral or two I have been to. Does not work once you get to the cemetery. Don’t know if it is because of the weakening of America or an irrational fear of law suites.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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FishMan33

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 08:42 PM

It is just common practice to use the cart under the casket while taking it to the coach. Yes it is easier and probably more necessary these days but it is very common. It’s really at the discretion of the funeral director.

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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