Does any one have plans for a proper coffin (casket)or a tutorial or
Not the plain square box type that you can find easily but a proper
professional looking shaped one like you find in a funeral parlour
Well, I doubt you will find free plans for elite or high-end coffin
designs. Those designs would most likely be copyrighted (and some
design elements may be patented) and you would have to pay for them,
IF the owners would be willing to sell their designs to anyone in the
first place... that's probably why you don't readily find them
available. Those who have the copyright/patent to elite coffins may
also have contracted with interior design experts, to further the
elegance of the coffin interiors, etc., hence the total design may
belong to a group or company, furthering its chance of it not being
readily available to you and I.
Your best bet may be to improvise, enhance and/or modify a lesser
design to your own liking.
I always wondered why, when one is dead and can't possibly care any more, a
plain pine box isn't sufficient.
There really is no point in burying a $10,000 fancy box that will just be
rotting away in a few years anyway, or wasting fine walnut just to bury it.
On Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:15:11 -0700, Doug Winterburn
I've left instructions to cremate me as cheaply as possible and to
spread my ashes in a lumberyard or maybe off a mountain top. No money
spent on a sermon or someone eulogizing me. Then my instructions are
for my beneficiaries to go out and have a few drinks in my name and
then to spend the rest of my estate on themselves.
But, I can envision a nice coffin (before it's cremated) as having its
uses. Makes the living feel a little better I think, sending me off in
style. And all things being equal, I'd prefer to be cremated in a
fancy coffin than a pine box ~ except that I'm too cheap to pay for
that fine coffin.
Some (all?) cemetaries have rules which restrict what they will put in
the ground. For instance, they may require a specific sort of "vault"
and a casket that meets certain requirements. This was explained to me
over a casket that was pre-ordered 30 years ago and did not meet the
current requirments, but was "grandfather'ed" in.
The new requirements insure the sale of more expensive caskets. What's
So by all means, check with your cemetary before building--and get your
agreement in writing! I can sort of see some of the appeal in a project
like this, but I'm not in a rush over it. ; )
It is often not just the cemetery, but the government that specifies
It is often not just the cemetery, but the _government_ that specifies
such things. EPA requirements for protecting the ground-water/aquifer,
Sadly I go to a number of services as we say good buy to another
brother. The hole is dug, the concrete crypt is placed then the
'box' is held up with straps over this. Many wives leave after the
service, some wait to see the casket lowered into the vault.
Texas put in the law some years ago due to lakes and highways running
through towns and grave yards.
LA started it years ago due to the high water table - crypts are on
top of the ground - less they float anyway.
Lately with the lack of rain, lakes have dried up in many areas.
Some graveyards have been found that were lost. Many very old country
yards were last in tall grass and trees. These were a hundred years old
or so and maybe the community were wiped out by Indians or disease.
Either one would just cause others to stay away. The recovery of
blanket covered bodies is not easy. Most is gone.
It is easier for highway departments to come in and move a yard from
one place to anther if every one is in a concrete crypt. Just keeping
the markers with them is the trick.
On 1/19/2012 5:37 PM, Just Wondering wrote:
I could design my own plans if it came down to it. I'm just not
prepared to spend copious sums of money on some exotic hardwood with
attendant hardware and then have it all burnt into ashes in a
crematorium. I might however, make a wooden urn to hold my ashes
should my beneficiary and his family want to display me on the
fireplace mantel. <g>
Viewing the video of commercial casket making, they note that the
"mattress", in the bottom of the casket, is made of shredded wood
called "wood wool". Another name for wood wool is "excelsior",
readily available from American Excelsior, Co. -
Don't forget the vapour barrier, if using insulation, and the positive
"Puckdropper" wrote in message
Bury me in a coffin that resembles my house. Pine interior, sandwiched
with drywall and vinyl siding. Don't forget the ice and water shield
My brother recently passed away. He had always said that he wanted a plain
pine coffin, and he was serious about it. My sister in law honored his
wishes, only to find that a "Plain Pine Coffin" cost almost twice as much as
a standard commercial one. Go figure!
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