Simple Pine Casket

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Project by michaelray posted 07-10-2015 04:44 PM 3222 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

White pine casket with standard flat lid. Hand-rubbed polyurethane finish. 1” thick foam bedding w/pillow and unbleached muslin cloth.

Interior – 22” W x 14 1/2” D x 78” L
Exterior – 24” W x 16 ” D x 82” L


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#1 posted 07-10-2015 06:09 PM

That’s your basis pine box. Nuff said.

Nice work!!!!!

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#2 posted 07-10-2015 07:45 PM

I love it! Send me to glory in a wooden box!!

-- James "Lem" Lemon - "When Life gives you lemons... you got a pretty good life!"

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 08:51 PM

Not sure why, but I’ve always wanted to build one. I think that when the day comes that I will be put to rest I would like it to be in one that I made.

nice work,

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 10:39 PM

Something you may wish to consider, most (if not all) public cemeteries require that the lid be secured before interment. Hate to think that someone might drive a large set of nails or screws in the lid/side, even if no one will ever see it.
BTW, nice job. Hope you have no use for it for some time.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#5 posted 07-10-2015 11:03 PM

I use lid latches and hinges specifically designed for caskets


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#6 posted 07-10-2015 11:32 PM

Looks ready to occupy ! are you going somewhere !! and havent let on?

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 07-10-2015 11:38 PM

Nice work,
It could double as a window seat until you’re ready t use it.

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#8 posted 07-11-2015 04:03 AM

Great Work! I Want To Be Buried In One Like That!
Thanks For Sharing!

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#9 posted 07-11-2015 10:28 AM

I have long thought about building my own coffin but since I’ve been terminally ill I have decided to be cremated so the wood would be more ashes than a normal urn would hold. You’ve done a very nice job none the less. Thanks for sharing!

-- EdwardNorton

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#10 posted 07-11-2015 01:22 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

A point of clarification – this is NOT for me. At least not for the moment but there is also no guarantee of tomorrow either. My goal has always been to make something affordable to for those that maybe cannot afford what is considered a standard casket (you know, the gaudy steel ones). So I make these sometimes to order, sometimes to put away until needed by someone else. I much prefer the natural beauty and simplicity of wood.

I have also had people use them for storage until they are needed for their intended purpose. A recent one I made out of barn wood is being used as a gun cabinet.

@EdwardNorton – I have had these used for people that were eventually cremated. I didn’t ask specifics of the funeral director but I’m not sure if the casket was done separately or not. Wouldn’t hurt to ask. I remember that it could not be used more than once and had to be cremated as well.

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#11 posted 07-11-2015 03:41 PM

How did you attach the “carrying” handles?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 07-11-2015 07:42 PM

The handles are attached with 4 – 3/4 #10 screws


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