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This began as an off-handed remark from my wife about making a coffin for our graveyard at Halloween. We make something every year for Halloween, so this seemed like as good a project as any.

My son, who has been sick since last Christmas liked the idea and wanted to build it together. This would be the first project that he could "work" instead of "just "help".
That led us to try to reclaim wood instead of buying new material.

It took us four afternoons to build. Saturday: after lunch to supper time. Sunday and two weekdays for about three hours. We could have finished quicker, but I had to force him to take breaks. I feigned being tired, or he would literally have worked until he had trouble walking or moving his arms. It could probably be built in a weekend if you had everything you need, and don't have to stop and go to a store.

The only thing I bought specifically for the project was an 18 gauge nail gun ($20) and nails. The other tools, I already had.
 
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Step 1: Supplies And Pallets

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Four or five pallets
Air nailer (we used a 18 gauge nailer/stapler)
Air compressor with hose
1 3/4" 18 gauge nails
Circular saw
Reciprocating saw (Sawsall)
Hammer
Pry-bar
Tape measure
Chalk box
Speed square
Pliers (to pull misguided nails)
Palm sander (if you want to clean the slats)
Nail punch set
Eye protection
Ear muffs (son didn't like the air compressor or nailer noise)


We got a bunch of pallets from a trucking company. They were in good shape for the most part, but they were dirty.

Step 2: Design

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The dimensions of the coffin are:

5' tall
2' wide at the top and bottom
3' wide two feet from the top
1' deep

Originally, I wanted it 6' tall, but that wouldn't work using just reclaimed pallets because the side pieces would have been longer than the 4' runners on the pallets.
this is by far the best pallet project I have come across! how do I vote?
HollyMann10 months ago
Wow awesome job! Your son looks like he's having a fun time too! Turned out great!!!
inkbladder (author)  HollyMann9 months ago
Thank you, We had fun.
sokiboi7810 months ago
you got my Vote!
Halloween is about creativity and you got it!
Nice job.!!.check out mine what u think? I made mine out of card boards and tape lol Vote if you like show some love in return :-)
grannydebbie10 months ago
Super cute!
sbass210 months ago
Cool!
I'm gonna make one next year for sure
looks like fun times.. thanks for sharing this. :-)
mikeasaurus10 months ago
yikes, that is creepy