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not really as a look but as a build I have tried to build one on and off for a few years this years with my hearse, I sure thought I needed on
but as usual not with out it problems I decided to us foam an project a pattern but still I could not get those damn angles. but after a day of
fiddling with it and still some not so matchin panels I think I got on, anyone got any easy way's to accomplish this???
 

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I agree about the angles. They are very difficult to calculate and cut consistently. I just made my second toe pincher (first one was made from foam) and it turned out pretty well. I based it all on the angle of the side boards and then adjusted as needed. 15 degrees (on each board. Ie-total of 30 degrees) seems to work fine for a six foot coffin. Any questions just ask!
 

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thanks, the one I just made is ok athough just do some mesurments from the print out the shoulders are about 5 in wide but I can live with that
and I just makes it through the doors of my hearse
 

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The way I dealt with this in mine (http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/lateadopter-albums-creeking-coffin.html) was to build an internal framework first and attached the panels to that. The other trick is now that the sides don't need to firmly mate with each other is to deliberately cut the miters too sharp. That way they will meet on the outside, but be a little short on the inside. Since you aren't relying on that for structural integrity and no one will see it who cares? You can likewise make the side panels a hair too long and either trim them with foam or bang on them with a hammer (you want it to look aged anyway, right?) to bend the wood fibers to fill the gap.
 

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I did mine outa foam didn't trust getting it right but im close when I brought the bottom in my wife noticed the angles were off and that was as I said using
a projector to trace my hearse isn't to aged this year so I think Im keeping the coffin simple too , thanks for the replies
 

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I too am hoping to crank one out this year. I intend on installing a few shelves and using it to hold our apothecary bottle display. Here is a cool page of How Tos for Toe Pinchers that I found. I'm not sure which way I'll go yet as far material is concerned, but I thought this might help you out.

http://scarefx.com/project_coffin.html

 

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I too am hoping to crank one out this year. I intend on installing a few shelves and using it to hold our apothecary bottle display. Here is a cool page of How Tos for Toe Pinchers that I found. I'm not sure which way I'll go yet as far material is concerned, but I thought this might help you out.

http://scarefx.com/project_coffin.html

That's the one I built last year - and it worked just fine for me. I found that the angles for the should area worked at 15 degrees.
 

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not really as a look but as a build I have tried to build one on and off for a few years this years with my hearse, I sure thought I needed on
but as usual not with out it problems I decided to us foam an project a pattern but still I could not get those damn angles. but after a day of
fiddling with it and still some not so matchin panels I think I got on, anyone got any easy way's to accomplish this???
I agree on the angles they are a B#$%*. Thats why mine are not done yet:(
 

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without an adjustable angle square it can be troublesome, but you can cut the ends square with a little extra to bevel cut. make the bottom panel then set two pieces you're going to join into place. draw a line across the top of the two so the bevel will be flush...shouldn't matter what angle since it's on both. once you have top angled line draw lines down the inside for a guide line. set your saw, if using, using the angled line . you can test cut on scrap material, if you want to check the cut. I made a few different sized ones that i just sketched out the top. mine didn't have a bottom so i made the top first and used that to guide me. If you don't use a bottom they need some support in the corners.
 

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I found some discarded 1x6 boards last year and came up with this toe pincher. It took me about 3 days to get all the boards cut and assembled. After cleaning the boards up they had to much of a shine to them. I ended up mixing some black paint with 50% water and rubbed the casket down a few times. uploadfromtaptalk1410927987095.jpg
 

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You could do some quick R & D on a big sheet of cardboard. You can find a big sheet at places like Costco, Best Buy, etc. I wouldn't worry about the "angles" more about the "look". That's all that matters in the end anyways. Once you have your template with your angles/look figured out your good to go!

Heck to take it a step further, you can even project the image of a finished toe pincher onto the cardboard or even the wood! I hope this helps.
 

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The only benefits I have found with a real wood one is #1 you can pack it full of stuff for storage #2 it looks awesome standing in the corner (basement) all year long.
 

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I have also built the frame first using angle iron , welded together. Using just "Wood" I compensated for those tricky angles by cutting the wood as closely as I could , BUT then using scrapes of sheet metal (Tin) to attached all the pieces to one another . Pieces 2 inches by 8 or more can be pre-punched or drilled for making the screws go into the wood much easier.
The sheet metal is a light gauge, 30 Ga, but is very hand bendable, bend it over a work bench or some other 90 degree edge somewhere (wear gloves)so angles can be tested, test-fitted, unscrewed, re-screwed til you get them how you think they should be.
If you need it to be somewhat stronger put the sheet metal angles on the inside And outside of the coffin. Menards sells some very nice screws for this work which have a pan head, "Phillips" slotted yet are short enough to not go clear through a fairly thin board, yet they hold very well.
If there is a concern about the 90 degree edges of the finished tin pieces just bend the 90's over , then flat use pliers or a hammer to do it.
 

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well thanks for all the suggestions have got one complete thought with my template that I folded in have and they match it would be the same on both sides
but when I was cutting scraps to build up the edge of the lid on side ended up longer than the other ahhh , ohhh well looks good anyways.
have a shoshize massager to move the lid should look great on Halloween
 
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