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.
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 2: Forming the casket lid
Using 2 tongue depressors for the whole top of the coffin, I found that if I cut one diagonally (hand saw used) and set the pieces as shown, it was the right angle for a coffin lid. I glued on the brace at the foot, 2 braces where the lid opens, and one at the top. I used craft sticks for the braces.
Step 3: Lid nearly complete
Here all the braces are in place. I sawed between the upper braces to make the lid that will open on hinges.