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Because everyone builds a coffin in their front yard

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Hey all! So somewhere on here someone mentioned that wood pallets are good for prop building. So... Guess what i found behind my work the other day? I decided to build a toe pincher and animate it with the top portion of the lid open about 10" and a skeleton hand reaching out then returning as the lid closes. Today i almost finished the coffin (i still have to attach it together using door hinges so it will store flat) so here are some pics
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· Shadow box dancer
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Can't wait to see more pics. Keep up the good work!!!

Pallets are so awesome. This is kind of sad to admit, but in the last week I have taken apart at least 5 or 6 pallets(probably closer to 10). I have a big pile of pallet boards behind my garage now. Even worse is that I still need more to finish my project,
 

· Shadow box dancer
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I used to just bang the boards off with a hammer. This was loud and broke some of the boards. Then I tried this great little nail puller. I use the claw end to bang in under the boards. I line it up under the nails and then pry them up from under the nails. I can take apart a pallet in a half hour and not break any boards.

https://www.hor-i-zon.com/catalog/images/PC58.jpg

Hope this will help.
 

· Shadow box dancer
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The pallets you got looked like they were in real good shape - a lot of ones I see are pretty rough. The toe pincher is my favorite coffin style - got 2 myself :)
Oh man I am looking for some rough old ones. All I can fin are the new nice ones. I like the old ones because they don't need to be aged. They can make some really cool old looking stuff if you find some well worn pallets.
 
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