funeral carriage

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Project by crooked posted 11-13-2014 01:54 AM 1785 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out with a skull I found at the flea market. My daughter’s birthday was coming up and she’s really into skulls so my first thought was to just wrap it up and give it to her, done! Well I got to thinking about it and thought I better do a little more than that, but what would be cool with this?? My first thoughts were leaning toward some kind of crypt with a nice crooked rusty gate, something along the lines you would see in a European graveyard. So I started drawing some rough sketches, but nothing really reached out to me. A few days later I came up with the funeral carriage as a perfect idea! We had been to Barcelona last year and toured the funeral carriage museum at the main graveyard so I thought this would tie everything together. I did a little research on carriage design on line, printed out some pictures and this is what I came up with. The roof is hinged so she can put whatever skulls she wants to in there. There are 2 white led lights in the ceiling of the carriage and lights in the lanterns on either side of the seat. It will make a great night light with a little fog unit underneath it! Making the wheels was the hardest part.

-- al, colorado,

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#1 posted 11-13-2014 02:59 AM

you’re one cool father!
great job – very interesting

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 11-13-2014 06:15 PM

Your name is not ADAMS is it. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 11-14-2014 02:45 AM

Neat build. I have had one of these on my bucket list for some time. Thanks for sharing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 11:00 AM

When I first saw this, I wondered how the heck did he make those wheels? Interesting project.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 11-14-2014 03:35 PM

The wheels were tough! At first i was looking at buying an antique baby carriage and using the wheels but didn’t think the $60 investment was worth it. I bought some flat steel at a junk yard and a round template, bent the steel around it to get the shape and the welded the joint. The center was just 2 washers with the spokes in between. It definitely wasn’t easy!
Oh, and I’m afraid I’m not Alistair Adams.

-- al, colorado,

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