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Wood Casket Plan

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Wood Casket Plan
Wood Casket Plan

Complete this beautiful full size casket in a short time. The plan provides a simple, economical and fulfilling alternative to buying a manufactured casket. Build this beautiful casket using the detailed drawings and step-by-step instructions that come with this plan. Using our decorative hardware (sold separately), you can personalize the design- or make your own out of wood. This plan includes all the details you need to build the casket shown. Let 40 years of experience go to work for you in your shop.

This plan is recommended for intermediate or advanced woodworkers.

Hardware required for this project:
  • (1) Casket Bed Frame and Hardware #47173
  • (2 pair) Lid Hinges #33575
  • (4) Lid Latches #33562 (Left Hand) or #33588 (Right Hand)
  • (2) Lid Supports #33601
  • (1 set) Antique Nickel Stamped Metallic Corners #33692 or Antique Gold Stamped Metallic Corners #33731
  • (8 pair) Antique Nickel Handle Brackets #33666
  • (4 pair) Antique Nickel Handle Ends #33679 or Antique Gold Handle Ends #33718
  • Memorial Tube (optional) #33614. Used as a time capsule to store personal information with casket
(1) Full size pattern for all shaped pieces
(1) Detailed exploded view
(1) Step by step instructions
(1) Complete material list
(1) Elevation drawing
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My dad's casket..
I built this one out of Hickory.. to match my Dad's personality... Hard & ornery... anyway.. I did not order the handle hardware because I wanted the entire casket hand made. (except the hinges and latches). An additional set of plans for handles might help some folks.. just an idea.. bob

special thanks to Shari for sending me the materials list via email so that I could get started before the plans arrived. I was in a time crunch... the Old Man was not waiting ... as usual..
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Added Feb 24, 2018
February 24, 2018
8 months ago
DVD request
I wish there was a DVD detailing how you build a casket.
April 21, 2017
1 year ago
This is a simple casket to build can't wait to build it but not ready to use yet! lol now every one wants me to build theirs I'm going to be busy now.
December 8, 2016
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I was looking for ideas and I got them. Being a life long wood worker I just needed some information especially on the lining.
I got the information I wanted. It will save me or I should say my family over $3000.
November 14, 2016
1 year ago
easy to follow but made some revisions
May 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler plans
I have purchase a lot of different plans from Rockler.
Not one was difficult to follow
June 9, 2015
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beautiful results using this plan
The woodworking plans were complete and clear. We made some adjustments to the corners. This was because we did not order the hardware as recommended for the corners or the rails. We did use the Rockler hinges and lid brackets which worked great. And created our own rails using wrought iron.
May 7, 2015
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good plan for a reasonably experienced woodworker.
The plan isn't really exactly like the photo shows. The top is more of a stack up of Ogee edged planks, not the more rounded decorative edges. However it was easy enough to follow. Not bad overall and I may use it again for my mother in law.
Liner purchased from funeral home
Hard maple and Oak all with a gloss lacquer finish (water based) so we wouldn't have long term odor
June 22, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Casket Plans
Fairly straightforward. It did seem narrow when finished. If I make another I may add an inch or two to the width. I made mine completely from cedar. Made wood handles and corners. Added some interior corner reinforcement. Also used some pocket screws on the lid. I thought making the lid in two sections may be a bit difficult so I made the lid complete and cut in half with very sharp hand saw. Came out great for me. Also I didn't use veneer but notched a solid piece of wood to fit the lid ends where the two pieces come together. I haven't finished the upholstery but do plan to leave to leave the lid as is. Seeing the natural wood is what I like. This is for my mom. Hope she doesn't need to move into anytime soon. . Overall a good plan. I may use it again another day.
July 12, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
Casket Plans
Now that I have made this casket I would change some things. The first would be making the top in one piece and cutting it with a skill saw. I had trouble making the two pieces fit perfectly. Second, there has to be a better solution for enclosing the lid ends. I didn't have a way to put the veneer on like it said. I used craft glue and smoothed it out the best I could. If I had the money I would make the lids over. I guess I'm a perfectionist.
May 5, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I am looking into making a coffin.
Richard B on Jul 26, 2018
Paul I C on Apr 25, 2018
I am looking into making a coffin.
Richard B on Jul 26, 2018
To get ideas.
Terrel O on Jul 20, 2018
Paul I C on Apr 25, 2018
Hi. I chose this one cause I liked the looks of it. I'm going to use this one to have as a Halloween prop in the yard with my family plot cemetery.. That I've made..
Dean H on Apr 23, 2018
Looked interesting to build. I am wondering how change the design to eliminate the metal parts.
Christopher C on Mar 21, 2018
I like woodworking and I'm planning for my future... :)
Tim K on Mar 3, 2018
I've been a high school woodworking teacher for 34 years. For some reason, a few of my students want to construct a casket. After obtaining permission from the high school Principal and Assistant Principle, I agreed to allow them to do so. We searched the internet together and found that these casket plans were the best.
Wes G on Jan 4, 2018
it is plan I can make.
Larry J on Dec 6, 2017
I want to build my a casket for my mother.
Tom K on Nov 9, 2017
Siblings ask me to build a casket for my Mother. I thought this would be an informative way to start.
Stephen R on Oct 16, 2017
going to need this soon
howard s on Sep 20, 2017
I plan on building my own casket !
Paul T on May 13, 2017
I want to build my own casket.
Shelia R on Apr 10, 2017
To build caskets.
Elizabeth L on Apr 2, 2017
I want to build caskets
Tony B on Mar 30, 2017
Interest in building my own
Roger B on Feb 10, 2017
We can't afford to by a casket and want to make a nice one. This plan looked pretty.
Theresa C on Feb 3, 2017
Want to build my own casket
Mark W on Jan 7, 2017
I have been diagnosed with ALS and i am going to try and get it done before I die
Ralph W on Dec 28, 2016
to consider the possibility of making my own and other family members caskets
William P on Sep 26, 2016
Plan shown for for a well designed casket with a domed top. Other plans have flat tops and no detail. Rockler is a respected company from what I have heard and they had what I wanted.
D. K on Jul 4, 2016
I wanted my own casket to be made by an individual that was once a close friend.
Ronald M on Jan 26, 2016
to make a box for my brother
DENNIS M on Jan 23, 2016
friend has asked me to make a casket for family member
Sherry M on Dec 7, 2015
I am going to build and store my own casket so that will be one less burden for my wife should I pass before she does.
Charles P on Aug 12, 2015
Because I want to build my own casket.
Scott S on Jul 20, 2015
David G on May 27, 2015
I would like to build a casket for a friend . I told him we look at the plans first. Then decide .
Michael H on May 25, 2015
What to make a casket that was personal.
Janet G on Apr 7, 2015
To get ideas.
Terrel O on Jul 20, 2018
Hi. I chose this one cause I liked the looks of it. I'm going to use this one to have as a Halloween prop in the yard with my family plot cemetery.. That I've made..
Dean H on Apr 23, 2018
do you have to use the bed frame ?
david s on Jul 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The reason for the bed frame is that people vary in size from a tiny 80 pound wisp of a lady to a man weighing in excess of 300 pounds with corresponding differences in body thickness. The bed frame is vertically adjustable. Without a bed frame a slight person would likely be deep inside the casket instead of being at the level of the rim of the casket. One of the major reasons for the bed frame is to make the bed adjustable to bring any person to nearly the same level.
If the casket is being built well in advance of a person's death or for an unknown person a bed frame might be a good idea as many people rapidly loose weight in their last days. However, if death is imminent the frame might not be needed. The height of the sides could be adjusted to account for the expected user's size. Nevertheless, adjusting the sides should be done with caution if pre-made corner trim is used as shrinking the side might make it too short for the corner trim!
How do the plans come? DVD? Paper? Book?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Paper, one large multi-fold sheet.
where to obtain interior lining ?
alton s on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We cut templates of sturdy cardboard, attached foam to the template using spray glue. Then we wrapped the whole template in quillt batting and pinned it to to itself just to hold it in place To finish it we used satin (purchased from a local fabric outlet for about $2.00 per yard. We wrapped the whole template in satin using gift wrapping technics and instead of tape we used straight pins to secure the satin on the back of the template. We thought we would need to glue or screw the templates to hold them in place but found that we had cut them accurately enough that the pressure of one against the other held them tightly in the bed portion. The lid templates were held in place using small tacks that were hidden in the folds of the fabric. It was beautiful! The total cost was less than $100 for the lining materials and took a few of us about 3 hours to construct. Best wishes as you work at this project.
what is the total cost for plan and all material to finish this product?
Sheldon W on Feb 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have built two of this plan and they turned out beautifully, I did make some changes here & there but it didn't effect the cost. I used ¾ birch ply for the box and all other material was # 1 Calderwood. The cost for me , including stain & lacquer was about $650.00 each. I didn't use the bed frame suggested, instead I used a 4" thick foam pad. You can do it. Good luck.
Do the casket plans including plans for the casket lining?
DaveB48 on Jan 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No it does not include the plans for constructing the lining.
What are the dimension of this casket?
lorenzo m on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 81-7/8 long 19-5/8 high I would have to add up some parts to give a complete width.
Would cherry wood be good to use?
Dan N on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have made several out of cherry, natural and stained for a darker look, and they all turned out beautiful
What wood is needed?
George L on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe about any wood you would like. However you need to take into account the weight. Mine out of hard maple and oak was around 300 lbs
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