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Project by grizzman posted 03-27-2013 08:47 PM 5661 views 3 times favorited 69 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No my friends i am not dying, at least nothing diagnosed, but, after thinking it over for some time, i knew i wanted to be buried in my own coffin that i had made, and ive worked on it for some time, being delayed doing other projects, but i have made part one here and will do the top in part 2, this is made primarily out of antique southern yellow heart pine, the panels are one wide board, that were 15 inches wide and they sit in a 1/2 dato, its all glued and screwed with 3 inch stainless steel screws, and the outside has 2 coats of semi gloss poly, the side brackets are white oak and have a 2 inch hole drilled in them that sit on top of a red cedar board that has been beveled on all sides, and the very top of the coffin is topped with oak, all the plugs are a mixture of walnut and pecan, i made it out of the different woods that i love working with and i have enough of the wide boards to do another one for my wife, we have a large storage shed that these will go into until they are needed..part 2 of this series will come in a few weeks, thanks for looking in and for any comments you leave….....P.S i have mentioned to some of you that i was working on a secret project, well this is it. grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 08:55 PM

Well Bob, that’s you all over (no pun intended). I know you have a love for southern yellow heart pine so this “final project” is perfect for you. Sure you like other woods but I think SYHP is perhaps your favorite. I sure hope you remembered to take your height into consideration! Talk about measure twice cut once. Wouldn’t that be something? I’m looking forward to seeing the lid.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 08:59 PM

Have you checked with you cemetery to see if they will/can use a wooden casket? I know that there are requirements for the concrete vault that the casket goes into, and wonder if there are requirements for the casket being “leak proof”

Sound gross? We used to make cheap cremation “boxes” at work, which had to be “splatter proof” :^(

The only VA benefit I think I’ll ever be able to take advantage of is an aluminum casket and white headstone. I think I better order it now, b4 the gub’ment goes belly up and renegs on the deal.

I get a grave site at Arlington National too if I want it…. but their track record for losing body’s and mismarking graves is pretty bad, so I think I’ll stick with the back yard.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 09:08 PM

yes i have checked with the local mortuary, all is good, and if for some reason they wont accept it, it will make a great book shelf unit..but i checked it all out, thanks for the concern though..and yes Lenny you are right, i love the SYHP..its my when i go , i will be home sweet home..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 09:22 PM

Neat project. I’ve seen several postings about coffins and it made me wonder if I want to build my own also. My biggest concern has always been the cost of a funeral & burial. So I’ve always told my wife and kids I should be cremated, because it’s WAY cheaper. Maybe this would be a good “cost saver” option.

Now I just gotta figure out how much longer I’m gonna live. Dont wanna make that thing TOO SOON :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 09:29 PM

Well Grizz, I do hope it will be a long, long time before you need to use this project. The workmanship looks great as usual and the heart pine is beautiful too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 09:33 PM

That is looking good Grizz.

You should outfit it with shelves and set it up in your house. Think of how much fun you could have when guest realize what it is.

Glad to see you getting more shop time.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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Don W

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 09:40 PM

now that’s planning for the future. If I only had that wisdom with my retirement plan. It looks good, almost to good to cover with dirt, but then….................

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 09:42 PM

Great idea Grizz. Just wondered if you have tried it on for size as yet…...OH come on, you all were thinking the same thing…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Don W

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 09:44 PM

Just wondered if you have tried it on for size as yet

Pic’s or it didn’t happen, them’s there’s the rules!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 09:50 PM

I really Dig your work it’s to Die for. Really Bob the title scarred the bejebbers out of me seeing your name and casket in the same title. Whewwwwww. Glad your ok Buddy. Your doing a wonderful job.


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#11 posted 03-27-2013 09:58 PM

Well, I guess planning ahead never hurts!

It looks great—let’s just hope you don’t have to use it anytime soon…....!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 03-27-2013 10:02 PM

Grizz; You really amaze me with your projects, and this one is completely different from the usual projects on LJ’s.
I am also a fan of SYHP, it has such character. You should built a “memory box” to go with it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#13 posted 03-27-2013 10:02 PM

Good box and good plannin’.

I’d put some “stuff” on the inside!!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 03-27-2013 10:03 PM

Now that is a neat project Grizz
We are all going to need one.
I considered making mine and using it as a clock cabinet in the meantime.
I may have watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show to often though.
Might want a place for a fire proof tool box.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 03-27-2013 10:05 PM

Nice coffin. It is wise to plan ahead and reduce the expense for your family when the time comes. They are very expensive at a mortuary!! I was thinking of the same thing…........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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