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Toe Kicker Coffin (Halloween Decoration?)

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Project by CaptainKlutz posted 11-01-2018 03:47 AM 347 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Was setting up Halloween decorations today and realized I never posted any pictures of Coffin project made 3-4 years ago. Sorry for delay? Better late than never…..

Shell was made from BB plywood with glued and screw reinforced pine corner braces, and door was made from a couple of old barn wood planks I saved from a burn pile. Inside dimension is 78 inches tall, and it is almost deep enough for 2 piles of bones. :) Added a couple of cross pieces on bottom to help it stand vertically.

Sprayed a couple coats of shellac on inside/outside of cabinet and barn wood door for basic protection. Was never intended to be pretty, or fine furniture. Gets used a couple of weeks per year in October, and then collects dust in back of garage rest of time. Only good part about size of coffin cabinet, it is large enough to hold 80 percent ofl the Halloween decorations in one place. :)
Yes, we celebrate Halloween vigorously. :-)

First year I made this, hide inside the coffin with candy, and had a sign on door that said “Knock three time to ask for candy, Knock once to feed the dead.” :) Many were too afraid to even knock. There is small peep hole between the barn wood planks, and I could see folks standing there and react as needed. SWMBO stopped my creepy coffin candy dispenser operation after about 30 minutes due all crying neighborhood kids, and made me stand at door like normal person. :(
After the initial use, the coffin now gets filled with glow in dark skeleton with black light on it for effect (3rd photo is night time shot).

If I remember, will try to get some better pictures of wood work without decorations in way.
Thanks for reading. Hope you like. :)

PS – Talked with mortuary about home made wood coffin being used for burial, and was told it could be used; as long as it was placed inside a sealed concrete casing in ground. Cost for containment vessel is about same as top of line steel box from funeral home. Guess moral of story is: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t…...

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!





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#1 posted 11-11-2018 10:36 PM

That is so cool. ......right with the spirit of Halloween!

Cheers, Jim

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

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