Vampire Caskets

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Project by Stephen Mines posted 02-11-2011 09:30 PM 2279 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in the whens, in my 400 sq ft shop, I was contracted to make a couple of caskets for a movie. The two caskets were made of Birch Ply and odds and ends from around the shop, including large cabinet pulls for the pallbearers handles. They were both made to ‘fit’; two actresses were sent around to my shop for a ‘fitting’. I had them each stand against a sheet of plywood, drew an outline of them and built the caskets to their size. One interesting twist was the left top side panel had to be made removable so the camera could shoot ‘inside’ a closed coffin. Tops were also made but I only took photos of the one shown. Footnote: Sterling Franck, the propmaster who ordered them, used one for many years as a glass topped coffe table.

-- Stephen Mines (

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 09:48 PM

That is really cool.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 10:01 PM

Stephen, Thanks for posting, I need to make a few of these for halloween at my house My wife wants one to lay in and scare people and I want to rig one so it looks like the top is trying to open. Looks really good.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 10:03 PM

good workmanship, but really cool story behind the work! It reminds me of the show NCIS and Abby’s casket in her living room.

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 11:19 PM

Nice job on the caskets. I especially like the pictures you have on the wall in the backround of your second picture.

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 11:25 PM

Are those the pictures of the actresses you measured up ?
Great clients.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 12:29 AM

cool, everything is about woodworking

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 12:51 AM

two things…

one) and I’m surprised no one has asked…but what movie was it?????

two) those ARE awesome pictures in the background :) I wonder how many people have “zoomed” in to get a better look at those…....caskets :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 04:18 AM

Awosome! I think I will make some small ones to hold my planes! Thanks for posting!

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 04:23 AM

Nice casket, and I might add, I too like the decor in your shop.

-- Mel,

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#10 posted 02-12-2011 07:25 AM

How do you seal the wood to prevent stains from the native Transylvanian soil? ; )

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#11 posted 02-12-2011 12:13 PM

Very cool, Sounds like fun.

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

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#12 posted 02-14-2011 04:03 AM

I saw this and thought it would be a creepy post but the story that goes with these is actually very cool. Fun stuff.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#13 posted 02-27-2011 04:05 AM

pretty kool. but I’d be careful when the moon is red

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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