are a great way to spruce up any haunted house or Halloween-themed party. They are relatively easy to build and provide a wealth of scare tactics that are limited only by the builder's imagination.
1 Measure the body you are making the coffin for. You need to measure the height, the width of the shoulders and the length of the feet of the individual. Keep in mind that the feet will be pointing straight up.
2 Draw plans for the coffin using the measurements you have taken. The base of your rectangular coffin and the lid will have the same measurements. Both long sides will have the same measurements and the top and bottom sides of the coffin will have the same measurements. If you intend to put in a liner or blanket make sure you make the coffin bigger to accommodate this. Also, allow enough room on the edges of the body so that the body is not squeezed in the coffin but rather rests comfortably.
3 Purchase your materials. Take your plans with you and a sales associate will tell you exactly how much of each material you will need. The amount of wood you will need varies depending on the size of the hardwood sheets or boards.
4 Draw out the pieces of the coffin from Coffins Suppliers
on the wood you have purchased in pencil, in case you make a mistake. Cut out the pieces using a jig saw or table saw.
5 Attach the walls of the coffin to the base, using wood glue between the edges when initially putting the pieces together and then securing them with the screws. The wood glue will act as a sealant. Then attach the lid with the hinges you purchased. The lid should be flush with the coffin.
6 Sand and polish or wax the coffin on both the exterior and interior.
7 Attach the handles to both the long sides of the coffin. The number of handles you use depends on the size of the coffin. Putting one every 18 inches is sufficient. These will allow the coffin to be carried easily. Attach the latches to the coffin. You should use two of these, and they will attach to the long side of the lid that does not have hinges and the side of the coffin. These will secure the coffin.
8 Add a lining or blanket for a finishing touch, if you wish. If you can sew, consider making a quilt or blanket that will fit to the sides and base of the coffin. You can use hot glue to attach the edges of it to the interior seams of the coffin, where the sides meet the base.