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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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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.
 

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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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I an sooooo jealous! I had to piece mine together. You rock on with that coffin!
Even better today...I was up on the local Air Force Base and saw a stack of pallets outside a warehouse...so I went in and asked if they were trash....and they were....so I went back out to start loading up and lo and behold, I found a 42"H x 42"W x 36"D shipping crate made out of slats like pallets, with no spacing....lid included :D ... perfect for a Monster in a Box. Although, I'm going to cut it down to ToT eye level

Neener..neeener...neeener :D
 

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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 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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Just click on the IMG CODE under the picture you want, then in your tool bar under file select copy, finally paste here on your message board. I find that sometimes for some reason the copy option is not active, don't give up keep trying. Its funny to think I'm actually giving someone direction on using a computer, when I'm so computer illiterate.
 

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Very nice toe pincer coffin...I used apart pallets but have now moved on to Wooden fence sections. They are already aged and can sometimes be found by making a few calls to business that specialize in fence building or repair.

I got these after last years storm blew down some fences in my neighborhood :)
 

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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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