Long-Term Storage

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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 11-27-2013 12:06 AM 6311 views 6 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Re: the November Interview of a LumberJock….......

While corresponding (actually arguing) with MsDebbie, that there were way more deserving and qualified craftsman on LumberJocks to do the November Interview,

I mentioned that I had made my own casket, but had not felt comfortable posting it.

Everyone who has been here and seen the casket has commented on how morbid or gruesome or bad taste etc. I was being by building my own casket,

Well, hell, I am a half-assed woodworker and can make my own for $500 instead of $3000-$5000……thank you very much

Ms Deb encouraged me to post it immediately so that it would be in my projects.

As so many family members and visitors have commented….....all the casket will do is remind me of dying.

Actually, seeing it does the exact opposite for me.

It reminds me that it is of no use to me today……and I give God thanks for waking me up this morning and giving me another day.

I like it.

White oak…........ and white oak veneer plywood

I intended to use NO hardware, and was going to use a dowel to use to keep the lid open, but

THE BOSS said “no way” (actually there was another word in the middle of that comment of hers)

So I ordered the casket hardware kit from Lee Valley and will use the lid opening gizmo, but no other metal parts except hinges.

The wife has a nice quilt almost ready to put inside of it. I do not think she can bring herself to finish it.

VooDoo………”This will kill him for sure”.

Better to kill a chicken in the graveyard at midnight.


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Mark E.

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 12:11 AM

Very nice. Looks like you’ll be very comfortable. :-)

Love the title of your post.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 12:15 AM

Nice work!

I made a couple of miniatures to store router bits in, my wife Aurora was horrified !!

My mates loved them! go figure

I guess its time to start on the real McCoy!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 12:26 AM

ha ha – wonderful post!
great craftsmanship and inspiring to see you know yourself and how to live
thanks for sharing!

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 12:55 AM

sending yourself off in style.
I hope the “long-term storage” stays empty for much longer than expected!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 01:03 AM

Very nicely done, Sir. Is the finish stain and polyurathane? Looks beautiful. Does your state require a concrete vault to place it in, and if so, was it constructed to plans in order to fit? Incidently, I am planning on building my own crematory urn from walnut and pecan harvested and milled from our yard 20 years ago after a tornado up-rooted them. They lumber has been stickered and kep in doors since it was returned from the mill.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 01:05 AM

I don’t have any problem with making your own casket. I won’t be making my own just yet, for several reasons. One of which is that I don’t have room to store it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 01:32 AM

That will save you a lot of money after you die so you can buy some nice tools.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 01:35 AM

Bruce I saw your long term storage unit , it is way too tight for you, you no longer have your girlish figures but it would fit me just fine.
What about a nice Christmas present.
I have trailer.
Question: is it worm resistant?
Great post

-- Bert

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 02:12 AM

Duplicate post… I deleted it.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 02:24 AM

Bert, ask me AFTER Christmas….......and we’ll see.

And, Tom, to finish your thought, all the new tools I buy “afterwards” go to you. You wish!!

Russell, all it is is white oak or white oak ply topped off with Waterlox original….......3 coats, steel wooled between coats 2 and 3.

I love that stuff.

It not only shows off the wood….......but I think it enhances the beauty of the wood…........any wood.

And yes, our little pioneer graveyard does require concrete vaults.

I learned there are more than one size… least three.

Jay Leno…........who is always bashing about how fat we are all getting…......would have a field-day with this next part

For YEARS there has been only been a need for a one-size-fits-all vault.

But, and I am dead (no pun, honest) serious… go to any mortuary site and they now have added 2x and 3x and 4x sizes for the caskets and the vaults. Cracked me up.

So, this one will fit into the 2x vault…..........which we already bought.

The mortuary quoted us exactly $1200 for a vault.

I found the guy that makes the vaults (saw a truck hauling a vault and got the name off the door) and bought one from him for exactly $600.

So, it is already for him to have his driver haul the thing the 25 miles to wherever it will be needed.

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 02:25 AM

talk about cheating death….. or getting the best last deal! Man, I love this.

I swear. If I don’t build my own, I’m going to find one ON SALE…. Ha!

You could use it to store tools in your shop until you leave to work in the woodshop in the sky. That would be a nice conversation piece. Excellent storage too!

Have to say, I like your style, even on the way out. Cheers to you, Sir!

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 02:33 AM


This is true… one can make this stuff up.

Folks sell caskets with the lid removed (but included) along with shelving.

It is designed to stand on end and use the shelving, as, well….........shelves.

Essentially, it is a bookcase.

I have a brother who is extremely disabled, physically, with no money to speak of.

I am going to build him one of those.

Not real fancy or expensive cuz I just do not want to put too much time into it, as I have others things I would much rather build, but it will work for him.

And he is a smart-ass like me, and will LOVE having it. Right up his alley.

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 02:46 AM

You’re as deserving as any other LJ here. We all have a story to tell.

Great job on this. Hope you don’t need it for many years.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 03:06 AM

Congradulations on planning ahead. In your write up, you mentioned you had of budget of about $500 to make this. Not only did you save thousands by building this yourseld, but I bet you have enough left for a 6-pack. Keep on keeping on.

-- Ben in Va

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#15 posted 11-27-2013 03:55 AM

I like it.

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