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Picture of Dracula Does the Weather
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arm of braided yarn.jpg
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coffin lid open.jpg
completed coffin.jpg
Dracula's frame with neck.jpg
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he should just fit in coffin.jpg
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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

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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

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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

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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 4: Ready to shape the top

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This is how the top will look all glued up and ready for cutting to shape.

Step 5: Actual wood coffin

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I found this image of a wood coffin after i had eyeballed my version.

Step 6: Use the top to shape the sides

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I used this top to fit the sides of the coffin.

Step 7: Form the sides

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Here I am matching the bent sides to the angle of the coffin top.

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 9: The rail that holds Count Dracula

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This is a 4.5 inch long rail that holds the Count and the pine scale that moves him.

Step 10: Stretch line holds the Count in place.

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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.

Step 11: The frame for the Count figure.

Picture of The frame for the Count figure.

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!