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10-27-2017 06:27 PM

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Eighteen years ago, a very good friend of mine commissioned me to make her a coffin to use for Halloween. I probably wouldn’t have done it for anyone else, but as I say, she is a very good friend, so I agreed.
The woodshop at the house where I was living at the time was in the basement, and I knew handling such a project down there would not not possible, and I’d have a hard time getting the finished project back upstairs, so I elected to do it on my back patio.
The coffin was made with 1X2 framing, covered with 1/2 inch construction grade plywood, held together with screws. I worked on this project in the evenings after coming home from my day job.
At the time that the main part of the coffin was nearing completion and it’s shape was very apparent, one of my neighbors peered over the back fence and spoke to me while I worked. We exchanged the usual neighborly pleasantries, and eyeing the coffin being built, cautiously asked how my Mother was doing, knowing that she’d had some heart issues shortly beforehand. I told him that Mom was doing OK, thank you for inquiring. Eyes glued on the coffin, he then asked, Then who’s THAT for…?” When I told him that I was making it for a good friend of mine, the poor fellow’s eyes grew wider, and he disappeared pretty quickly…....
My friend was really happy with her Halloween coffin, and it remains one of her favorite things, receiving a place of honor each October.

-- OleGrump

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