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I am slowly ramping up my yard to become a walk through grave yard, but the tombstones that I use are strapped to rebar on the back. Great to look at from the front and definitely not blowing over, but I'm a perfectionist so I don't want people to see the back and ruin the effect. So I devised a plan to make hollow wooden tombstones. Unlike you all who live up north and can get 3" thick foam board at the hardware store; down in the south 1" is about as good as it gets and I don't feel like gluing 3 together.

Here's the plan.......2x4 frame with 5mm board faces. fill the void with great foam and voila! lighter weight stones that can sit atop the rebar and stand up to a hurricane.

I took the time and took video and pictures of my progress with hopes of great success.....Let me know what you think.

Wood Plywood Table Floor Wood stain

I screwed 2 sheets together to get identical sides even if I messed up.

Wood Plywood Table Floor Wood stain

I used RAM Board for the blanks...cheaper than poster board and the right size.

Wood Architecture Wood stain Hardwood Furniture

All Cut out and nailed together....love nail guns!!

Table Plywood Wood Furniture Automotive exterior

you can see the space to make them lighter

Wood Furniture Chair Plywood Tree

Void space filled with great foam

Automotive exterior Table Bumper Auto part Furniture

excess trimmed off leaving a rough stone like edge

Furniture Table Chair

pedestal attached and 1/2 inch hole drilled to accept rebar

Wood Furniture Hardwood Room Table

coat of thompsons water seal to keep out the moisture

Wood stain Wood Hardwood Plywood Furniture

added silica to the paint to give it texture

Architecture Snow Ice Carving Fender

all painted and ready for graphics

Grave Headstone Memorial Text Grass

finished product. for this year at least. want to add some weathering to it with my airbrush, but that will have to wait for next season.

Headstone Grave Cemetery Stele Memorial

In the yard ready for TOT's
 
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