Vampires Pine Coffin!

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Project by jjw5858 posted 10-30-2013 05:59 PM 3443 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends! No better way to get the holidays started than with one of my all time favorites…Halloween! This was a fun and spirited project that I had planned on trying last season, but honestly I just had a heck of a time getting my head around the math for making these angled cuts. Lucky for me that spending enough time watching Roy Underhill in the Woodwright’s shop taught me some basic old fashioned and very effective ways to render this numbers and angles game.

Here is the secret I found that worked for me…stop over calculating it and making it a math problem. Simply grab your bevel angle and record your desired cuts. Make one side and copy the other. I did just that in my own unique fashion. All the miters here are not the standard for this shaped box. I opted for mere butted joints on the ends, but it seemed to work for me and I just went for it!

My entire process here was fun first, and let the tools teach me. It was one of the most fun projects I have made and a sure first with many different things to try. A machine can cut and do many tasks more quickly and accurately versus a beginning hand tool enthusiast. The challenge in performing hand tool work is continuing the exercises in repetition so the hand tool user can someday begin to meet those higher standards of a well earned and experienced craftsperson. Like anything in life, the more you do it the better it can become. This process is extremely gratifying when you recognize all of the work it takes to make the project complete and all that you are gaining in your woodworking knowledge by trying to make it correctly. This is just my first try at such an oblong box exclusively with hand tools only, so there is always more to learn and practice!

I have always enjoyed vintage horror films especially those from the Hammer film company. I would say that if you do not let the inner child outward from your soul to the work bench, then I think you miss many joys of creating things. So you only need a small amount of make believe, a little horror, trusty classic tools and some pine!

For an extra presentation I included a fun little short film with a cameo by the evil pine box itself!

From one imagination to another, I hope you have a ghoulish good and safe Halloween!



-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 06:01 PM

Looks pretty cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 06:08 PM

Love it. Looks great to me, lots of detail. What are the actual dimensions?

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 06:09 PM

Very nice casket, Great minds think alike :) posted mine awhile back. Nice video work as well, enjoyed the film.

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 06:30 PM

Spooky. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 07:16 PM

Wicked looking. Beautiful job. Where did you get the hardware for the top?

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

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 07:25 PM

Ever eloquent. Nice Coffin Joe.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 10:13 PM

Nice casket and nice vid too !

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

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#8 posted 10-31-2013 01:40 AM

Nice casket! is there a certain type of wood stake you have to use to kill a vampire??????

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

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#9 posted 10-31-2013 05:19 AM

Great job

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#10 posted 10-31-2013 02:24 PM

Nice one. I like the lil video as well

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 01:34 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments! Hardware was all bought at Lowes. The top nails were some decorative hammered furniture nails that I thought would add to the gothic look of it. I hope you all had a great Halloween, be well!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#12 posted 11-02-2013 04:29 PM

Nice work. It will hold a lot of halloween candy and is just what you need sitting around at this time of year.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 07:40 PM

Very cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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