Pine Coffin

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Project by michaelray posted 09-25-2017 07:57 PM 2155 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pine “toe-pincher” coffin.

Each side is kerfed at the shoulders to allow for a slight bend and then hot water was applied to the inside and outside to keep the wood from splitting while bending and nailing. The whole case was assembled with cut nails and to avoid splitting at the ends the sides were cut longer and then trimmed to the finished length with a hand saw. Notice the grain running vertically on the ends which allows the nails to hold better instead of nailing them to end grain if the ends were horizontal.

The handles were off the shelf trunk handles that I soaked in vinegar to strip off the zinc to expose the steel. Then I applied gun bluing and a coat of jojoba oil to give them the blackened color.

The inside was finished with an organic raw cotton batting.

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#1 posted 09-25-2017 10:04 PM

Very nice and tastefully done.
I have asked my kids for something similar when I pass.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 11:08 PM

Nicely done. I too want something just like this as apposed to spending $20,000.

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#3 posted 10-01-2017 01:46 AM

We just buried my father. I was disgusted at the prices for coffins that we had to choose from. I’ve already decided I’m going to build my own. Thanks for the ideas.

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