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Project by Jono posted 04-23-2010 06:29 AM 3925 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think this might be the only coffin on LumberJocks correct me if I’m wrong. It’s been a strange week. I have been working on a heritage home in East Vancouver for the last eight months. The owners mother recently passed away and so she asked me if I would mind building her a casket. She wanted it to be really simple. So I used the same Douglas Fir 3/4” plywood we’ve been using on the walls of her house. I mitred all the sides together and gave the lid a heavy chamfer. The model in the one pic is my co worker Pete.

-- Jono, Vancouver,

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#1 posted 04-23-2010 06:39 AM

Interesting project, there are some others on LJ’s both pet and people.
Search “Casket” and several will come up.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 04-23-2010 07:02 AM

Yikes! I hope that customer never sees this. I’d delete that one pic if I were you. Just saying. Good job on the project though. I’ve heard that the most important thing about a casket is that the bottom doesn’t fall out at the wrong time. How did you attach the bottom to the sides?


-- Jim

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#3 posted 04-23-2010 07:13 AM

Funny you should say that. The client loves that picture. I used Elmers Polyurethane glue and just butt jointed it with pins. It was more then strong enough for lowering it into the ground. I didn’t use screws on purpose as I wanted the coffin to disintegrate as fast as possible.

-- Jono, Vancouver,

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#4 posted 04-23-2010 07:45 AM

Just wondering if you left Pete in the coffin in the 4th picture????? ;-)

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 04-23-2010 07:52 AM

Personally, I love the idea of building your own resting place. I just can’t decide wether to build a coffin of urn. Proabably be an urn. Good work Jono! I also like the idea of just letting it and contents decay at a rapid rate. I can’t understand the whole idea of a concrete vault, embalming, etc, etc, etc. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, you kicked the bucket now best of luck. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 04-23-2010 07:58 AM

i did a plain pine box for a lady ,
that ordered it for a friend of ours .

at the burial , she noticed that i just put the lid on it ,
( it had stops ) , and she asked me how come
i didn’t put any fasteners in the top .

she was worried about what would hold the lid on ,
i said ” how about 6 feet of dirt ” ?

she nodded and drank some more wine .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 04-23-2010 12:57 PM

YOU KILLED PETE!? no just kiddin, it really looks great man!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#8 posted 04-23-2010 01:00 PM

While building a cedar deck a couple of years ago, the owner would have to pick up their golden retriever to go outside and commented that it wouldnt be long before “bell” would be in a cedar box….he asked me to make a small box with the cut offs and I obliged.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#9 posted 04-23-2010 02:14 PM

Nice Job, I plan on building my own coffin.
I would like to know more about that curved wall behind your coffin?

-- Lou - Maine

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#10 posted 04-23-2010 02:54 PM

If you build your own coffin, you have to store it somewhere until you pass. What a waste of space. Unless your building it as a ghost. lol


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#11 posted 04-23-2010 03:08 PM

D1st, you should never build your own coffin. It’s bad mojo. You may want to fill it before your time! LOL

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#12 posted 04-23-2010 03:15 PM

Looks like Pete is resting comfortably. Nice job. When I check out, I want to do the circus cannon thing over one of the lakes here in the state :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 04-23-2010 04:23 PM

Great job.
Just a fyi to those thinking about building your own: You will want to check with the cemetery before you get started. Some require a vault. Just looking at this one, I would go out on a limb and say it looks too big for a standard vault…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 04-23-2010 04:26 PM

Nice coffin.

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#15 posted 04-23-2010 05:00 PM

Been thinking seriously about building my own as well -
But have hesitated for the reason D1st mentioned (among others).
Heard about someone who built their own—and then used it as a coffee table – but that’s just too strange.

Anyway – I love the sheer clean simplicity of your piece.
Quite similar to what I have had in mind.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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