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Topic: Substitute for a coffin
Message: Posted by: Margarette (Oct 6, 2004 11:37AM)
I'm getting desperate here. With the help of a friend, who was going to do the cutting of the lumber for me, I was going to construct a coffin escape for the Haunted House. Well, this friend, has renegged on cutting the pieces for me. I can do the actual putting together, I just have no way to cut the pieces. Remember, my construction expertise is in concrete and asphalt! So, With less than a week till "dress rehearsal," I have no coffin. Any ideas on something that can just be purchased that would make a halfway decent substitute? The escape is all worked out, I just need the "coffin".

Message: Posted by: pikacrd (Oct 6, 2004 12:32PM)
This is not a cheep solution in any manner but I have seen on line a type of coffin that is temporary in nature. In other words usually only used for church services then the body is removed and cremated. These coffins are in the $300 - $600 price range. I will look for the link that I had for them. You can now buy coffins from various vendors and it is no longer controlled, so the prices are dropping. You may also want to do a Google search for Halloween props I have found several good Coffin type props on different sites that offer Halloween stuff at very good prices.
Message: Posted by: kaytracy (Oct 6, 2004 01:12PM)
Not being intimately familiar with your method, or exact needs, the first and fast thoguht comes to mind, foam core heavy duty and woodgrain con-tact paper?

Otherwise, hit up a local HS woodshop class and see if you can get some students to as a minimum do the cutting for you, they might be able to do the whole thing, but if time is short, I would go with just the cutting service, OR ask the lumberyard person if they could do any wood cutting for you after work, i.e. do they have their own shop?
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Oct 6, 2004 01:21PM)
If you go to Home Depot they will cut plywood for you. Just work out the cuts that you need to transform one or more 4' x 8' pieces of plywood into a box. There is no need to make it "coffin shaped," most of them are simple rectangular prisms with no shoulder budge or non-square cuts. Technically, then, this would be a casket instead of a coffin but you can call it what you like.

With all the Halloween stuff online, of course there are instructions for building a coffin from a sheet of plywood [url=http://coffin.casadesade.com/]here[/url]. This includes a link to the [url=http://coffinplans.casadesade.com/]plans[/url].

Home Depot generally won't make odd-angle cuts, but my guess is that you are pretty charming and you buy a lot of rope, locks, and chains there already, right? I'm sure that you could talk one of those guys into it.

Good luck!


Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Oct 7, 2004 12:41AM)
If there are any community or regional theatres in your area, give them a call; often these places rent props, and one of them may have a coffin or know someone who does. If push comes to shove, you may be able to get one of their shops to make one up for you, or just to cut the pieces. Good luck!
Message: Posted by: Black Hart (Oct 7, 2004 12:50AM)
I obtained a 'coffin' from a local undertaker. Well, not exactly a coffin but rather one of the fibreglass coffins that they use to collect the recently departed from the house etc.

I painted it matt black and then used it as a stage prop. It was also very useful as a container for carrying other items for my show. Being fibreglass it was very strong and stood up to being knocked about a bit.

See if your local undertaker has one that is maybe a bit damage. They can be repaired with a fibreglas repair kit. They are also a lot lighter than a wood coffin.

Best of luck.

Black Hart
Message: Posted by: Chuck Lyons (Oct 7, 2004 03:41PM)
Many party stores have a card board "toe pincher" type casket. I believe I have seen them at Wal-mart also. A local funeral home may supply you with a elder light casket that is basically a cardboard or fiber board casket covered with cloth. They may even donate it if you give them proper credit for the donation. Chuck
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Oct 8, 2004 11:43AM)
Chuck, I love how you're the clown talking about coffins.

For the record, you're the man.
Message: Posted by: Chuck Lyons (Oct 8, 2004 06:28PM)
Hey Procyonrising, I can top that too. In my real life I am a full time deputy coroner and an IL state liscensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Guess what, everybody gets a little make up and a smile. Noses are optional. LOL
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (Oct 8, 2004 10:07PM)
My wife's stepfather taught her how to properly do her makeup as a teen.
He was the local mortician.

Message: Posted by: Leland Stone (Oct 9, 2004 11:18AM)
Hiya, Magi:

Did you know that Rockler Woodworking used to carry plans for a do-it-yourself casket? Dunno if it would work for a Sub Trunk, since it wasn't designed with egress in mind...

Message: Posted by: Clifford the Red (Oct 10, 2004 02:40PM)
You could also try a locked bodybag for the escape.
Message: Posted by: Avrakdavra (Oct 10, 2004 03:19PM)
As long as we're on the topic...

[i]Do-It-Yourself Coffins For Pets And People[/i] by Dale Power. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

[i]Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself[/i] by Dale Power. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2001.