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Forum topic by Bearpaw posted 03-20-2008 05:33 PM 1485 views 1 time favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bearpaw

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03-20-2008 05:33 PM

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I know that this will freak some of you out, but I would like to build my own coffin. At 70 years old I may need to get started. We just remodeled our church and I have a good bit of mahogany from the old pews.

I need to know if anyone has done this and where did they get their plans. I know that Rockler carries the hardware and some books.

I think that this would be a good way to leave this world; in something that told of your love for wood working and your skills learned.

I am really enjoyng this site and will be sharing it with many of my friends.

Jim

Prov. 4:23

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin


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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 05:39 PM

we’ve had a couple of woodworkers build coffins.

here are some projects tagged as coffins

and some blogs
Hope that helps and I hope you have MANY many years to complete it :)

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 05:48 PM

Rockler also has plans.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=900
Here is a site that is all about do it yourself caskets.
http://www.mhp-casketkits.com/

It is quite the project and I hope it will sit around many years unused.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 06:30 PM

Bearpaw,

Something like this doesn’t freak me out. After all this is a project we all are going to need someday. What better way to express your love of woodworking than to build a project like this that flows from your heart.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 06:52 PM

Not that I want to divert this discussion too far afield, but I had a friend who did rather well making animal coffins. Some people would spend $200-$300 for his simple covered boxes with arched lids, for burying their pets.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 07:46 PM

Where would you store it for the next 30 – 40 years?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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motthunter

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 08:13 PM

make sure you check local regulations. Some parts of the country require you to have a plastic liner inside the box and if you need this, you will have to design the box to fit it. Also, see where you plan to put the electrical panel so that you can plug in the plasma tv.

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 08:26 PM

This is such a nice thing to do for your family.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 08:54 PM

HallTree, that is exactly what I was wondering.

I’d build one if I could figure out what to do with it until I need it.

Might disguise it as a coffee table, a pantry, an armoire, a bathtub, a dog house?

Maybe keep in the shop and use it as a tool cabinet or a place to take a nap.

On the other hand I could just take my tool cabinet and call it a coffin.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 09:43 PM

It is a great Idea. Rockler also has casket hinges and latches. I have built a few. When my niece was killed in a car accident my sister asked me to build her coffin, another for a brother-in-law that died of cancer and last year one for my dad. He was always going to build his own out of an orange crate canoe he built in high school. His plan was to cut it in half creating two (one for him, one for mom). His plan was to use them as bookshelves until needed. Most cemeteries seem to make their own rules, but I have found that if you are using a vault they don’t mind if you build it yourself. The vaults are a two piece design: a flat piece that goes under the coffin and then a shell that goes over the top (like a stick of butter in a butter dish). The main thing I would suggest is: find out the size of the vault first. It is easy to build something that is either too long and or too wide for the vault. I could share pictures if you are interested…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Tom Adamski

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 10:48 PM

Looking to the other side off the coin… Why spend your time doing this? I’m sure you have to deal with specific regulations and criteria, unless you are to be burried in a private family cemetary. Why not build something for someone (or yourself) in your life, rather than for yourself in death? I’m sorry if this sounds a little calous, but building a casket for yourself sounds a little self serving, if not selfish of your remaining time and skills.

My 2ยข

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 11:27 PM

Sorry Tom, I disagree. I think it is a healthy part of accepting the inevitable. It may not be your cup of tea, but that doesn’t make it self-serving for someone else.

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jm82435

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#12 posted 03-21-2008 12:19 AM

Don’t let Tom dissuade you. Your family will love it. It is far from selfish to do something yourself that would otherwise be left to someone else. On the lighter side, you could make it dual purpose and enter it into the new bookcase design contest.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 03-21-2008 05:26 AM

I too might build myself a coffin someday. But jeez, Tom Adamski, woodworking is a hobby in which you spend perhaps thousands of dollars on yourself. Only a woodworker who has never generously given of himself in his lifetime could be criticized for being “Selfish” for doing that one thing for himself. If you built for yourself ANY project for your own use, be it a nice toolchest, workbench, or storage cabinet, would you expect anyone to accuse you of being selfish? I’d hope not. So why not a coffin?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Dan'um Style

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#14 posted 03-21-2008 05:39 AM

first thing I would do , if-I-were-you, is measure how tall I was and then my width. From there I would add about a foot to each dimension.

From there I’d probably use sketch-up for the design work.

If you did it right, add some shelves and enter it in the LJ bookcase contest … just a thought

sounds like a fun project to me !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Tom Adamski

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#15 posted 03-21-2008 07:31 AM

Poopiekat… It was not about the money. As it says above, “remaining time and skills” could be served better. Also, any piece of furniture or project for that matter would be left to the living and would be a legacy of your talent while you were alive. Others… If I ruffeled some feathers, it was not my intention. I’ll just agree to disagree.

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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