Coffin Wall Shelf

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Project by doubleDD posted 09-21-2018 12:05 AM 1591 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter in law wanted to put all her little Halloween knick knacks on shelves this year instead of having them all over the house. She came up with this idea and asked if I would make them for her. The approx dimensions were 25’’ x 13’’ x 4’’ deep and 4’’ between each shelf. Made of common pine and HDF for the backing. She will paint it as it will have some Halloween colors I’m sure. I used dowel rod to support all construction as in pic 3. Simple project to make once you figure out the angle cuts. My wife is thinking of having me make one for her now. I love projects you don’t have to put any finish on. They sure go fast.
Thanks for looking

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 09-21-2018 12:22 AM

What a great idea your daughter in law had Dave Looks Good! My wife and I would love to see it finished and filled with all those Halloween knick-knacks. Nice work on figuring out the angles.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 09-21-2018 12:32 AM

Nice little shelf, Dave!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 09-21-2018 12:33 AM

Good one Dave.
There once was a tenant next door to us who was in a band.
Part of his gig included a black coffin which he used to stand upright in his front yard for some weird reason.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 01:40 AM

H Tony. My d-i-l comes up with a lot of good ideas. She even makes a lot of things herself. We made a small fence for their yard last week to display some yard art she made. I’ll get a pic of the coffins after she paints them and fills them up.

Thanks Dave.

Tony, that’s something I always wanted to make was a coffin for the yard for Halloween. As far as your neighbor, I’m glad he’s your neighbor. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 02:23 AM

Not only is this a great idea for Halloween, but you did a bang-up job. Nicely Done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 02:33 AM


Nice job, It will be interesting to see what you make for Thanksgiving??? :>))

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 09-21-2018 03:42 AM

Thanks Jerry. It was a bang up job, glad it’s getting painted. LOL.

Tom, what would you like to see. A walking Turkey. Haha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 09-21-2018 04:35 AM

Very good, Dave!

I’m glad they ended up so small… for minute there, I thought full size… and was wondering if they had to cur into parts before being planted… (sick)

COOL design & use…

Did you draw it our with Sketch-UP and read the angles off the screen?
... if not, how? Just setup a mock setup & measure the angles?

OH, you said you used HDF… High Density Fiberboard I presume… I have never seen HDF… is it New? Where do you get it? Ho is it different from MDF?

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 09-21-2018 08:50 AM

They are really cool Dave, Great idea and execution.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 09-21-2018 08:55 AM

Great idea -nice thematic shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-21-2018 11:53 AM

Very nice Dave. I have a niece that has been requesting the same thing. Was it hard to figure out the angles? Great job.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 09-21-2018 12:48 PM

Nicely built Dave, and a great Halloween project!

-- Daniel P

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#13 posted 09-21-2018 01:17 PM

Way kewl, i’ve always loved coffin shelves, these are awesome

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 09-21-2018 01:54 PM

Hi Joe. You are right, it was MDF. Don’t know what I’m typing anymore. Haha She sent me a picture on my phone and gave me some measurements and I winged it from there. I laid masking tape on a table until I had the shape I wanted and used a angle finder for angles.

Thanks Bob and Ivan.

Hi Jeff. I used a angle finder for the angles but I still had to adjust a couple to get a good fit.

Thanks Dan. I can’t wait to see how she paints it.

Thanks mccoyfrog. I always wanted to build something like this and this was a good reason. Now I may build a coffin for our yard for Halloween.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 09-21-2018 03:24 PM

You know your project is a hit when you are asked to build more. Great project Dave.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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