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In this Instructable you'll learn how to make your very own tombstone for yourself or a loved one...or a not-so-loved-one. Probably these are best for use as Halloween props. I made these using the ShopBot CNC router at the Tech Shop in San Jose.
Although the text looks much more professional when CNC routed, you can also do the lettering by hand or tracing from a computer printout.

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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What you'll need:
- Foamular foam board (2" thick is best but 1" will also work; a 4'x8'x1" sheet is ~$12)
- DryLok paint; tint to a cement-like gray (one gallon is about $30 and good for 6-10 tombs)
- Liquid Nails (~1/2 of a $3 tube) or other glue good for foam
- small amounts of black, brown and green latex paint
- paint brushes and small paint roller (optional)
- 18" to 24" of 12" PVC pipe
- two 24" lengths of 3/8" rebar or other stakes
- razor and/or saw (table saw, band saw or hack saw blade) for cutting the foam
- small soldering iron or other tool for melting cracks in the foam
- ShopBot router (at the TechShop) or Dremel; plus 1/8th inch bit
- (optional) Dremel instead of ShopBot
- Hand drill and long 1/2" or 5/8" bit

Nice job! Make sure you enter these in the Halloween contest when it rolls around! You can enter anything you publish throughout the year, as long as it's on theme :)