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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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great job...i have a bunch of pallets on the side of my house i've started taking apart....what a pain in the butt that is..

Hopefully i have enough for a mib and a coffin.
taking the pallets apart was a pain in the butt. Thank goodness for advil. I just kept telling myself "they were free!"
 

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Coffin

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.
I have a few rough ones but I thought I needed to build it out some sturdy wood and "age" it with paint, stain & moss. I was afraid that it would fall apart if the wood was too old. There is still a lot of work to do on it but at least I have the basic shape. Next is to "age" then animate. I'll Post more pics as the process goes on and a video once it's animated.
 

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coffin

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.
I had some boards that didn't make it (casualties) but I was able to get enough wood for the build. I wish I had thought about the saw but thinking back I'm not sure that would have worked for me. I just kept at it with the hammer and screw drivers and sweat. The best part was that I Just went nuts and built it all in one day. I only get 1 day off a week. Next week maybe I'll Paint & stain it.
 

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Coffin

HUGE SCORE FOR ME!!!

I was peeking in a construction dumpster and found a 80" x 66" pallet...the long boards are the 80" ones. I'm thinking about building an old-school rectangular box coffin to take advantage of the length. There should be enough there to make the sides and the top.
I an sooooo jealous! I had to piece mine together. You rock on with that coffin!
 

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Coffin build continues

So today I finally got back out there and worked on the coffin in my front yard. I stained it with a poly & stain mixture, Attached the hinges and designed a cross out of some little carved wood pieces I got from Michael's on clearance. They will be painted gold later but here are some pics... Next week I hope to have the motor in and working. I also attached the whole thing together with cheap door hinges so I can pull the pins and store it flat.
 

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I like to see that you considered storage and taking it apart, I build all my props keeping storage and being modular in mind. I'm surprised that I haven't heard of anyone using old barn board for their coffins, with so many old ruin barns around, just ask them to support your cause. I've posted a picture of my half coffin made of barn board and it disassembles for easy storage.

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I also have the inside marked A to A, B to B etc so i would remember how to put it back together from year to year. I tend to be a dork and forget those things...

BTW, How do you get photos on here instead of attaching? I tried using the URL from photo bucket but it doesn't work.
 

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Well I finally finished it today. The motor and stuff are in and working well. The only things left to do is paint the inside black and find a skelly arm & hand to replace the bad rubber glove I used to get the idea and make sure the clearance was there.




 
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