out of lurk,
Has anybody ever made one & what kind of wood did you use? I have an
excentric friend that wants one to be buried in. I told him 'I am not
Norm Abrams ' but I thought I could make it.
thanks guys in advance
Walt Henderson made a beauty out of Poplar for the "Washington's
Funeral" reenactment for Mt Vernon. They might have some pix on
their website. I gave him a pick (jpeg) several years ago, he
might still have it. I don't know if he wants it posted or not.
He MIGHT be copying the mail, and could chime in if he is.
Dave in Fairfax
reply-to doesn't work
daveldr at att dot net
Some people pine for the classic box,
Others prefer another material,
just to spruce up the scene,
But, that's going a bit fir.
On the other hand, there's only *one* acceptable wood for
a crematory urn. It's even described in the Bible --
"Ashes to ash, ....."
Seriously, I've seen (modern) caskets (apparently) made from walnut, ebony,
Thanks guys for all the info. I have conferred with him some more & he
said " I want an old timey casket , ( like in wild west) with wood
straight from a sawmill, nothing fancy, plain jane " I told him that
would not be a prob, but, I expected him to live a while longer, as it
will take me a while to make.
again thanks for all replies
back to lurk
Caskets are _not_ inexpensive. I've got no idea what the mark-up is between
wholesale and retail, but it wouldn't surprise me if its double, or more.
I'm not sure how viable a market it'd be for 'custom' work. There isn't much
lead time -- i.e., from order placement to delivery required.
Then there are the construction requirements. Yup, before you can be buried
in it, there are _legal_ specifications that have to be dealt with. Prevention
of things like contamination of the water-table, etc. Bluntly, a decomposing
body is not a particularly healthy thing to have around. <wry grin>
Now, for cremations, that's a whole 'nuther story.
Couldn't hurt to inquire, I suppose.
Actually - there aren't many regulations concerning caskets at all...though
there may be local bylaws about using grave liners (concrete boxes)... In
many places, you can use a cardboard box or a shroud if you want to.
Likewise, embalming may also be optional - there's no "health" reason to do
Most burial regulations are concerned with "where" as opposed to how....
Best bet is to check your state/provincial laws directly.
Recently I had occasion to go to a funeral parlor for a funeral, but I
needed to change clothes before the service. They let me use a room where
they had all the "demo boxes" so customers (once removed, I assume" could
see the different qualities of coffins. They had metal, wood, particle
boare and, yes, plain old ordinary cardboard. The cardboard box, however
cost $90 (US). I was amazed!
"Robin Lee" wrote >
Thu, May 6, 2004, 12:22pm (EDT+4) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Robert Bonomi) says:
<snip> Then there are the construction requirements. Yup, before you can
be buried in it, there are _legal_ specifications that have to be dealt
with. Prevention of things like contamination of the water-table, etc.
I haven't double-checked this, but from what I've come across, in
various places, it isn't that much of a problem. Because, the caskets
are buried in a container of some sort. So, it wouldn't really matter
if just a cardboard box was used, because it would be inside a "vault",
or whatever they call them.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your
pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
- Phil Pastoret
A fews years back, when I was in school, a classmate made one in shop
class out of black walnut. He got help from the home ec. dept in making
the red crushed velvet liner. It came out beautiful. It was just big
enough for his fathers' pistol. It was a fathers day gift.
Michael Lane wrote:
Take pity on those that will move the casket. About the only thing
heavier than MDF is lead. Also, MDF doesn't do well when it gets wet.
If you've ever looked carefully at a casket (removed the satin drapes
and lifted out the bed) you saw that it was mostly cardboard. The part
you see looks substantial, but it's all for show.
The funeral business is really a high margin cheap furniture business.
Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
In Victorian times they used to use lead cofins.
As for getting wet, a couple of coats of high gloss emulsion should
do the trick.
Just wait, at some point in the future Krispy Creme will adapt the
machine they use to glaze their donuts. If you replaced the donut glaze
with a polymer coating that hardens on exposure to UV you could coat
one side of the corpse, harden, flip, harden the other side.
If you made the plastic opaque you could then have a CAD machine
injet a likeness of the deceased onto the outside of their shell,
or alternatively leave blank for a more classical look.
Best of all it will be possible to keep your deceased loved ones
with you in your house, forming a decorative sculpture that is
sure to be a talking point for every visitor.
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