|Project by AKDave||posted 04-14-2014 12:23 AM||4525 views||6 times favorited||20 comments|
This is my own casket which I had originally decided not to post because I never got photos after it was completely finished and before it went into its storage box. But since there was so much interest in my wife’s casket, I changed my mind.
It is made from California reclaimed Redwood, Alaskan Birch and Pecan wood from my extended family’s Pecan orchard in SE Arizona.
The first two photos are prior to applying any oil. The remainder are after being partially oiled. The rest of the finish consisted of a little darker oil, then polyurethane. The handles were made from rope. (Ex commercial fisherman that I am). It is kind of my own design, using the Rockler casket only as basic inspiration. The deviations are frame and panel sides for the box and a curved top. One of the fun parts are the compound miters for the sloping riser in the lid.
As you will note, in one of the photos the pecan veneers have obviously misbehaved. It was necessary to remove those two end panels and redo them. (Wet wood shrinking causes boucou heartache!!!)
As has been said, the true test of a woodworker is how well he covers up his mistakes. I make plenty of mistakes so I am starting to get pretty good at covering them up.
Thanks for looking,
-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, firstname.lastname@example.org