Elm and Maple casket set

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Project by Rogue posted 01-29-2011 04:33 AM 3541 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some time in January so I decided to try a project I’ve always wanted to build. This is an elm frame and maple panel casket set. Included with the casket is a memorial chest. The interior is lined with almond satin and the box features pull out handles that dissappaer in the base molding when not pulled out.

-- Rogue

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 05:06 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 05:18 AM

Very nice. How do the carry handles work?

I been thinking of building a casket myself.


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

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 05:19 AM

great work, i want to make one of these, but i don’t want to jinx myself.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 11:51 AM

Yea very nice, coworkers here are looking over my shoulder asking me if I’m going to make one? I’m too scared I would Jinx my self. Great work, yep still too scared.LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 02:30 PM

Great looking and well crafted. I liked the pull-out handles, very clever. Someone will be making their last trip in great style.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 03:29 PM

Very nicely done. The woodgrains are really nice. How is the memorial chest used? Thanks for the sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 03:43 PM

beautiful job,great look I love the maple wood. what the finish you put on ??

-- French guys in Magog Quebec

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 07:40 PM

The pull out handles are simply 3/8 carriage bolts that ride inside copper pipe bushings. Waxed they work really smoothly. The finish is my commercial pre-cat laquer. The memorial chest is for things to remember the decised by, a sodier’s flag uniform and metels, for instance. This jinx deal is something people are really nervous about. My suppliers and other customer don’t even want to come close to the casket. Its like they’re affraid that the one who comes the closest will end up using it. Heres the deal, everyones going to need one though so you might as well get used to the idea. By the way this set is for sale.

-- Rogue

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 07:58 PM

Thanks for the info.

Jinx? What Jinx? I am 60 years old, high blood pressure and cholesterol. So what if I may be using a casket for a coffee table/blanket chest. And the longer I can, the better. I been thinking of building it sort of like a giant box. Sort of, not a directly enlarged one. Then sawing the top off. Of course passing a casket over a table saw might put me in a casket. Am planning on building a jig for skill saw if I do it this way.


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

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 08:32 PM

These are really beautiful Rogue. Excellent craftsmanship and execution. Did you use plans or is this your own design?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 12:30 PM

It’s one of those projects that was fun to build but You hope you never get to use it

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 02-13-2011 09:41 PM

Who’s it for?

I always thought they were beautiful, yet eerie. For those who make these as a business, it seems ironic that much of their life is spent making something used by the dead. And a shame to see such beautiful wood disappear from our eyes forever underground.

Beautiful work. What finish do you use on something that will be buried in dirt? Do you leave it unfinished to welcome the inevitable? Or do you coat it in epoxy in the hopes that it will outlast the next ice age?


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