Western White Pine and Alaskan Birch Casket

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Project by AKDave posted 01-11-2015 08:02 AM 2613 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another casket (number 6) completed. This is made from Western White Pine from Idaho (the frames) and Alaskan Birch veneers (for the panels). My client requested those species of wood. He was born in Idaho, thus the pine, and lived most of his life in Alaska, thus the birch veneers. Do you see the face in the veneer close-up?
Thanks for looking.

-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 09:03 AM

What do you use for locks? These look great.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 11:09 AM

Not anxious to use one soon, but they appear to be well done. If a casket can look nice, this one does. Nice work.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 02:00 PM

Nice job I have a question are caskets in general padded and comfortable on the inside. When at time of use you would not be in a position to complain if they are not. Just wondering if I will be resting in peace or not when I get to where I would need one.


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#4 posted 01-11-2015 05:23 PM

locks??? do you think his clent is going to break out.LOL Alistair

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

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#5 posted 01-12-2015 12:10 AM

That is absolutely beautiful. I will be building my own casket next winter, providing nothing happens between now and then. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 01-12-2015 01:12 AM

Re. locks on the lid. There are latches to hold the lid closed. They are not really ‘locks’ per se. Just a simple latch. You can see them in the photos. They are the little black objects just under the lip of the bottom frame of the lid. They are standard latches for a casket and are available at Rockler, and other retailers. Even commercially made caskets have them. I guess it’s not so much that someone will reopen the lid, after closure by the mortuary folks at the conclusion of the viewing but probably to prevent an accidental lifting of the lid during transport by the pall bearers.
The commercial caskets I have seen do have padding. I just wrap a piece of whitish cloth, usually satin, around a 1/4” tempered hardboard panel and staple it on the back, and tack this onto the inside surface, more to cover the rough wood surface of the inside, which I do not finish, than to be padding.

Thanks for the comments and interest,


-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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