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Project by Michael1 posted 02-02-2013 11:00 PM 2132 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new casket model I call the “Geraldine” named after the lady it was designed for. It is constructed of Yellow Poplar with Red oak corner columns and white oak handles. The verse on the lid was free handed with a laminate trimmer and 1/8” straight bit. The finish is my own mix of dyes and pigments. Because of the varying color tones of the poplar in an unfinished state I mixed 3 parts Yellow and 1 part blue acrylic dye to water and gave the casket a base coat of lime green. Then mixing 3 parts Mosers brand Red Mahogany Anyline dye stain with 1/2 part Dark walnut dye stain with water I resulted in a darker red dye than the Red Mahogany by itself. Then this mix was sprayed over the green resulting in a more even Cherry tone. Then after sanding the raised grain from the water based dye with 320 grit I finished with 3 coats of Nitrocellulose lacquer and a coat of paste wax. The oak columns were finished natural on the lathe with gloss polyurethane used as a friction polish. Interior lining is Crushed Velvet. Yes I sew the linings and embroidery myself and no that does not mean I fight for the pink team LOL

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 11:09 PM

Wow, Beautiful piece

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 11:10 PM

I may want you to build my casket!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 11:19 PM

Beautiful work

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 11:44 PM

Very nice, I’ve been thinking about building a casket for some time now. I’m not sure how I’d do with the lining work though.

-- Bob in Washington State

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 12:03 AM

Actually Bob the lining is allot easier than you might think. If you decide to build you one let me know and I will talk you through it.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 11:40 AM

Beautiful piece. Nice work on the lining. Bet you spent a lot of time developing the dye mix.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 03:04 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 02-03-2013 07:46 PM

No thanks I’ll put my order on hold a while yet Please. LOL Alistair

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 12:41 AM

You can make poplar look great.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 02-04-2013 04:10 AM

It is beautifully finished!

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#11 posted 02-04-2013 04:13 AM

Great Lookin Job

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#12 posted 02-04-2013 01:41 PM

Greatjob. Been thinking og making one for a few months. Maybe some day I will try my hand at doing it.
Thanks for posting

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#13 posted 02-04-2013 02:51 PM

I have been debating between one of these wonderful but difficult models and the old toe pincher, going to
have to decide one of these next decades I guess. Great looking casket, and your freehand writing in wood
is very good. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 02-04-2013 10:49 PM

That’s a great looking casket.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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