How to Build a Coffin

How to Build a Coffin. It’s time to up the ante in the neighborhood
competition for Halloween decorations. Put the finishing touch on your lawn by adding
this spooky casket. You will need Shelf paper Pencil T-square
Measuring tape 3 3/4-in. x 4-ft. x 8-ft. hardwood plywood panels Table
saw Wood glue or biscuits Drill 1/2 lb. 1 5/8-in. wood screws Wood filler Stain and polyurethane
or paint 48-in. piano hinge and tape (optional). Step 1. Lay out the shelf paper and draw a line lengthwise
down the center, 75 1/2 inches long. Using a T-square, draw another line, perpendicular
to the first, 34 inches long. Cross the first line 17 inches from one end. Step 2. Draw a 24-inch line at the top of the cross,
extending 12 inches on either side from the center of the cross. Then draw a 17-inch line at the bottom of
the cross, extending 8 1/2 inches on either side from the center. Step 3. Draw lines connecting each end of the line
at the top of the cross to the corresponding ends of the 34-inch cross line, and then draw
lines to connect the line at the bottom of the cross to the 34-inch cross line to complete
the outline of the coffin. Step 4. Using the dimensions and angle specs from
the template, measure and cut the 6 side pieces from one of the 4-by-8 plywood panels. Step 5. Draw another template on shelf paper to use
for constructing the bottom base. Make the long line of the cross 74 inches. 16 1/4 inches from the top, draw a 32 1/2-inch
cross line. Make the line at the top 22 1/2 inches, and
make the line at the bottom 15 1/2 inches. Then connect the lines as you did in the first
template. Step 6. Copy the dimensions from the template onto
the second 4-by-8 plywood panel, and cut it with the saw. You can also tape the template to the panel
and cut around the outline. Step 7. Dry-fit the side pieces to the base and secure
the connecting points with glue or biscuits. When the glue is dry, drill pilot holes and
counter sink screws through all the side panels into the bottom panel to provide strength
and rigidity to the coffin walls. Step 8. Use the finished coffin base as a template
and scribe its outline on the remaining 4-by-8 panel. Cut out the cover panel. Step 9. Fill any holes with wood filler, sand the
coffin, and apply stain and polyurethane or paint the coffin. Attach the piano hinge and set the coffin
up on your lawn to scare the kids on Halloween. Did you know People in the U.S. spend more
money on Halloween than on any other holiday except Christmas.


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