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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.

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

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

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

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you can see the space to make them lighter

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Void space filled with great foam

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excess trimmed off leaving a rough stone like edge

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

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coat of thompsons water seal to keep out the moisture

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added silica to the paint to give it texture

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all painted and ready for graphics

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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.

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In the yard ready for TOT's
 
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