Are you tired of the typical coffin/casket laying on the ground in your cemetery. Would you like to give the illusion of an open grave in your cemetery display without having to dig up your front lawn? Then just add a Coffin/Casket Lowering Device Stand.
The first Coffin/Casket Lowering Device was patented by A. C. Richardson on November 13, 1894, so it is perfect for old & new cemetery scenes.
Using this in your cemetery scene, gives a touch of realism, uniqueness & a wide variety of potential for scares (a remote rat perhaps) and hiding places for items such as fog machines & power cord junctions. Run a string of red & orange flickering lights under it to create the illusion of the fires of hell waiting to gobble up the casket & it's occupant. Tons of potential from something very simple to make.
The Casket Lowering Stand/Device can be made from PVC, wood or even metal. This one is made from scraps of vinyl railing found in the trash. The pieces are all screwed together so that it can be taken apart for easy storage.
I will do my best to explain in the pics/drawings, how this was done, since I didn't think about doing this Instructable until after the project was completed.
Step 1: Materials
Because this is an prop made from scraps found in the trash, and miscellaneous items we had laying around, you will have to adapt and use similar materials that you may have. Below are the suggested materials needed based on the type of material you use for this project.
Frame - Wood or Vinyl
Hand rail material
L & angle brackets (for use with a wood hand rail)
Paint - a metalic color like gold, silver, chrome, etc.
Frame - Metal or pvc pipe
Side outlet elbows fittings
Paint for the frame - a metalic color like gold, silver, chrome, etc.
Paint for the legs - Black
A dark color light weight fabric
Matching color thread
Clothes line rope or heavy twine (If you are adventurous you could use elastic)
Zip ties (If you are going to stack them 2 crates high)
Landscaping material to cover the milk crates
For an older (1800 or 1900's) look - 2 long pieces of rope to go under the coffin/casket and drape over the sides
For a more modern look - at least 4 sections of lawn chair webbing or seat belt material which would be screwed or Velcroed to the underside of the frame to look like it is supporting the coffin/casket