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Project by AKDave posted 04-14-2014 12:23 AM 10841 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my own casket which I had originally decided not to post because I never got photos after it was completely finished and before it went into its storage box. But since there was so much interest in my wife’s casket, I changed my mind.
It is made from California reclaimed Redwood, Alaskan Birch and Pecan wood from my extended family’s Pecan orchard in SE Arizona.
The first two photos are prior to applying any oil. The remainder are after being partially oiled. The rest of the finish consisted of a little darker oil, then polyurethane. The handles were made from rope. (Ex commercial fisherman that I am). It is kind of my own design, using the Rockler casket only as basic inspiration. The deviations are frame and panel sides for the box and a curved top. One of the fun parts are the compound miters for the sloping riser in the lid.

As you will note, in one of the photos the pecan veneers have obviously misbehaved. It was necessary to remove those two end panels and redo them. (Wet wood shrinking causes boucou heartache!!!)

As has been said, the true test of a woodworker is how well he covers up his mistakes. I make plenty of mistakes so I am starting to get pretty good at covering them up.

Thanks for looking,


-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 01:36 AM

Wow, that’s taking pre-planning to a whole new level.

Beautiful work, love the joinery.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 02:25 AM

well well, great minds think a like …lol..yours turned out really good, well except for the veneer problems, im sure you read that mine is built with solid southern yellow heart pine, ive got most of the wood for the top to mine, just need to make it, it has some red cedar in it, the side handles for mine are solid heart pine that im going to add some walnut tips to them, and it will be done, ive got the wood to make susans , just need to get to it, my shop time is limited because of my back problems…but i was pretty shocked you had made yours and ruth’s…well not shocked, just surprised…right now im working on the end board to my bed, chris sent me his tenoning tool he bought, he made his own bed, you will need to ask him about it.

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 04:02 AM

As Sandra stated… That is true preplanning. Did you by chance stash a coin in there for Charon?

Beautiful work. A project to ponder.

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 05:08 AM

Did talk to Chris today when he and family were over for Sunday dinner, with Devin and family. A great time was had by all. All those kids are so much fun. Showed Conae (SP?) pics of my body boxes. She thought is was pretty cool. Chris asked her if she wanted him to make one for her and she said “sure”. Chris showed me a pic of the bed he made. Quite good. He will probably follow in your footsteps in his later years.
I too was thinking of adding art to the box but with so many other projects I want to do, it went by the wayside.

Eddie G:
You are one cool dude!!!!
Never heard if this Charon guy. (Being the uneducated bumpkin that I am). But I have actually been a little interested in Greek and Roman mythology. I even named my business “MINERVA DESIGNS”.
AND you can be sure there WILL be a coin in my box with me. I want that guy on my side!!!


-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 10:29 AM

Glad I won’t need one. Cremation

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 10:48 AM

Very cool. Kind of creepy, but very nice.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-14-2014 02:45 PM

Underground furniture

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#8 posted 04-14-2014 04:04 PM

That looks great! My dad built both he and my mothers, which I thought was great as it would be more money in my pocket someday (-; It’s a project every woodworker should do… saves a ton of money in the long run. Great job!

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#9 posted 04-14-2014 04:26 PM

I hope you don’t plan on using it anytime soon!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#10 posted 04-14-2014 06:09 PM

Okay now I must admit, that is taking DIY a bit far, very cool, but the first I have heard of a DIY casket…. May you not need to use it any time soon!

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#11 posted 04-14-2014 06:13 PM

What is the weight? With cremation so popular, I was asked if I could supply a “rental” for the viewing. Then get cremains boxed (similar design as wood). Now this is creepy!!

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#12 posted 04-14-2014 06:22 PM

I would rather be burried (cremated even better) sitting on one of your nice adirondacks

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#13 posted 04-14-2014 06:33 PM

I thought about building one but decided against it when I found out there was a body farm in Austin.

they will haul my carcass off and plunk me down somewhere to let the, “Worms crawl in, the worms crawl out!”

I won’t mind, I’ll be non-functional.

The wife doesn’t mind, she thinks social security will be enough to pay shipping.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 04-14-2014 06:47 PM

Whatever next? Good grief !!! somebody cheer me up PLEEEEEEEZE LOL Alistair ps did you hear the one about the NUN and the donkey? well actually perhaps not.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 04-14-2014 07:44 PM

For SteviePete:

I am unable to weigh the casket this casket (My own) because it is already in it’s storage box, as is my wife’s casket which is the other casket project on my projects page.

However, I have two caskets which I have just finished constructing sitting in my shop. They are both very similar to my wife’s casket. I weighed the smaller of these two (the larger one is in it’s storage box ready for delivery to my client). I cannot weigh it from the middle, wholly supported on the scale, so I weighed each end. The two weights were within two pounds of each other. Adding the two weights came to 146 pounds.

Thanks for your interest and comment.


-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, [email protected]

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