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With Halloween just around the corner, a pop up Dracula came to mind for my projects using pine scales well soaked in salt water. I had a large one that really responded well to changes in humidity, so with tongue depressors in hand I set out to build his coffin first. What did one casket say to the other?...  Is that you coffin?  See my previous Instructable on the Robot Weather Toy.
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Step 1: Form the top of the casket

This is an image of Vlad Dracula that I wanted to shoot for in a comical way, even though the original was not funny

Step 3: Lid nearly complete

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Here all the braces are in place. I sawed between the upper braces to make the lid that will open on hinges.

Step 8: Mounting the sides, cut the lid free.

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Here the sides have been fitted and glued to braces on the foot and head of the casket. the bottom of the casket is open to allow circulation of air. A friend of mine in Romania said, "You used an American style coffin" It does have an Old West look.

Step 10: Stretch line holds the Count in place.

I came up with a way to mount the figure using stretch line (0.5mm) which allows free movement and protects the pine scale from breaking easily under stress.
Rossyta3 years ago
Hey! What a pretty nice project!!!
mrdovie (author)  Rossyta3 years ago
Thanks, I gave myself a big laugh when I thought of using Dracula for a Coo coo Clock... that would be a side splitter with him popping 12 times!