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For our party this year, we wanted to do away with conventional seating (i.e. plastic chairs), and do something a little more creative. We decided that Coffin Benches would be a cool idea. My only problem is how to create them so that they are functional, and yet look cool. I had several drawings, but one of the other "hosts" of the party borrowed my notebook with all that info, and then promptly LOST it. So now I am back to square 1 with everything I had created in that book. (It had over 20 projects we were creating this year with detailed drawings and measurements)

Right Now I'm about to start redrawing them, but was interested to know if anyone had ever done anything like this before? Is there anything to recommend when I am drawing out the design? Or better yet, when we are putting my drawings into action? We also need to do this on a budget, so We need to spend less than $100 for the benches, including all the wood, fabric, and foam.

We are looking at creating 2 or 3 benches that are about 4 feet long each. That should allow 2 (or 3) people to comfortably sit at a bench. We have some other seating for the other area of the party, but found that last year we only used about 8-10 (of the 20 we provided) chairs for 75 people. Most people were dancing, drinking, conversing with each other.

We are doing a Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Event this year, and as such, we wanted to do some seating in our "Halloweentown" area, as well as our "Christmastown" area. Xmastown is going to have white chairs with various christmas Fabric on them to exemplify the holiday, but for Halloweentown we really want to have coffin benches. They would be reused next year....

Any info on construction would be appreciated. I am as always open to suggestions.

Oh and PS. This is an OUTDOOR ONLY Party. We opened the house last year, and it just got filthy and people broke items inside that were favored by the owners (i.e. my parents), and so we are not allowing people inside. The Bathroom access is thru the garage, in a special corridor so people can't destroy their home again. Yeah, 2 or 3 people ruin it for everyone else. We are just glad my parents are allowing us the venue period, since we all live in apartments at the moment.
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· Shadow box dancer
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I don't have the artistic talents like TK. :) But, I think a simple and easy bench would be to make a simple toe pincher. Turn it upside down and then attach the lid as the back rest with a couple 2x4 supports. I personally would make the coffin so that it didn't have the angle on the back so that the seat wasn't so deep. Either add 2x4 legs or just make it a deeper coffin so it is bench height. It wouldn't be as fancy as some of the other ideas but it would be cheaper and simpler.

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· Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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This is YHJ's idea, but with a twist.

Build a regular toe-pincher, then get some 2" foam from the fabric store and build a large toe-pincher shaped cushion that rests on top. I would recommend you cut 3/4" plywood and brace it with some 2x4 for support. Put the foam on the plywood, then get some cheap fabric and use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the base. Accent with buttons if desired.

Secure the lid in the open position (2x4s will work great) and voila, you have a slick, and sorta goth, bench. When not in use, you can still use the toe-pincher as a prop, or fill it for storage.

 

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TK, I seriously believe that you would bleed black and orange. Your ideas are awsom. I think you could add hinges on the legs so they could be folded up for storage. As for cheap lumber, I like to use old privacy fence when I can get my hands on it. Easy to work with and already weathered.
 

· Wunderfully Wiccaned
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I think I REALLY like the most recent drawing by Tk. I think that one has to most versatility. We are going over to Home Depot Friday Morning before work to see what they have, and what we can use.

We ultimately want to stay at about $25 a bench total including foam/fabric. I think we are going to check out the UFO in North County here, and see if we can get remnants on the cheap.... We can always piece together leftovers to make a whole...

Fabric we are going to attempt to acquire how I acquired my fabric for the Renaissance Fair this year.... it was a special order that was rejected because of a small flaw in the pattern (no one ever noticed it), and with discounts and sales I got it for $1.72 a yd for fabric that was originally $49.99 a yd. Needless to say I bought all 17 yds of it at the time. We are going to need about 15-20 yds of a Red Curtainy fabric for our haunt anyways, so if we can find a similar deal, we'll definitely take it!!
 

· Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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TK, I seriously believe that you would bleed black and orange. Your ideas are awsom. I think you could add hinges on the legs so they could be folded up for storage. As for cheap lumber, I like to use old privacy fence when I can get my hands on it. Easy to work with and already weathered.
I agree, whenever I'm building a toe-pincher there's nothing better than some weathered boards from a privacy fence.
 

· Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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I love this thread, and all the great ideas. TK421 you always amaze me. I so jealous of the time you have to spend on halloween.
HA! Well, my wife is due in two weeks, so my time is pretty short. I'm just trying to get in as much as I can right now.

Of course, by August, my wife will have the little one in a sling and, hopefully, be out in the yard helping me do the detail painting and weathering.

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TK421 - 2 weeks away eh? Wow that's coming so fast now. My little one is 11 weeks already. Speeking of having your baby in a sling and doing halloween work. Yesterday at Home Depot I was buying PVC pipe for my columns and I had my baby in a sling. I must have been a sight to see. =) I was just carrying the pipe too. When I 3 weeks away from my due date I was there buying 2x2s. It will be hard to slow down when your new one comes, I know I have a hard time with it. But they are only little once.
 

· Mill Creek Haunted Hollow
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A post for all the mommies...

This is daughter #4 for my wife and I, so we're ready to go. Everyone knows what to do and we're all on standby. #1 and #2 have their last week of school next week, and then they'll be home for summer. #3 is having her second birthday on Sunday and she's already adjusted to her new room (with her big sister #2).

My wife is an amazing woman, and this will be her fourth all-natural child birth. She always likes going to the hospital so she can get a quick soak in the jet tub before delivery. Once things get going, it's about 10-20 minutes (I'm not kidding) of actual LABOR. She's always very calm and appreciates it when everyone else in the room is calm. Every time we go in, we have to hand out a copy of her birth plan and repeately tell the nurses that my wife doesn't want and epi or drugs. There's always at least one nurse that repeately offers and askes, "Are you sure?" a couple of times.

When #3 was born, she started timing her contractions in the morning, and told me we should go to the hospital. On the way, she wanted to stop at the store to get some "last-minute" things. A couple of cold sports dinks, if I remember. We got to the hospital around noon, got into her room around 12:45pm, and she was in the tub by 1 o'clock. She only spent about 10 minutes in the tub, then walked around for a little bit. When the contractions started to "bug her" we went back to the room and, in a calm manner, she had #3. The whole thing was surreal.

#2 was a bit more exciting because she got a shoulder stuck, so there was some manuevering that had to be done. But it was still a quick delivery. In at 8am, cutting the cord at 2pm.

#1 was aggrivating, just because of the driving. She went to the hospital where they said, "Oh, this isn't real labor" and told her to go home and take a sleeping pill.

I'm not kidding!! The duty nurse said, "babies never arrive on their due date, you're not in labor, go home." (This is what you can expect on a base hospital.)

Well, she went home and thought, "You know, I really think I'm in labor!!" so back she went to the hospital and, around 2am #1 arrived.
 

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Wow tell your wife how lucky she is. My first I was in and out of the hospital all easter weekend. I was having back labor so it was very painful. When I went into active labour it took 24 hours, 6 of which was in the tub. Unfortunitly I had to have an epi because it was to painful. Then I pushed for 90 minutes. Recovery was very painful. The second was a lot easier but still long. I was in active for 12 hours and pushed for only 20 minutes. It was a much better recovery this time around. Each time gets cut in half, so hopefully for number 3 it will be even shorter. If it didn't take so long I think I could hold out on the drugs, but it takes a lot out of you.

This last pregnancy was hard emotionally my Mom (bestfriend) died the day I found out I was pregnant, my husband got laid off (hasn't found anything yet), and my Dad isn't doing to well himself. So I'm happy I made it through and baby is okay.
 

· The Hobo Spider Assassin
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Three daughters here TK...17, 16 and 19 months....all natural child birth and all together 3 hours and 37 minutes labor. First daughter 45 minutes after arrival at hospial, 2nd daughter 48 minutes and the 3rd daughter 1 hour and 49 minutes. As a matter of fact the secod daughters doctor never made it to the hospital for the delivery and the first almost didn't.
 
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