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Hey gang , my Dad has always been one of my biggest fans of my woodworking . He is 87 and on kidney dialysis and has heart problems . While trying to get him on medicaid , we had to do some preliminary funeral plans . I found out that I was able to build his casket if I wanted to . I plan to . I just wanted your thoughts and comments.

-- Wheaties

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There are a few casket builds here on the WWW. I seem to remember more than I found in a search, but maybe I saw those on another site.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

I googled “Build your own casket” and found a lot of video and web material. Some might help. I was surprised to know that a casket has six sides and a coffin has eight…learn something new everyday.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

My two cents worth. To me it would be an honor that very few would ever have the opportunity to give to a loved one. With patience and fortitude you could build a beautiful casket that the whole family would be proud of. With your talent, I don’t see this being a big issue for you. Good luck and please let’s us be witnesses to your great accomplishment.

-- Jamesw

^^ like. God bless.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

I’ve had the honor to do this for some close family members. Before he passed the last conversation I had with my uncle was that I would promise to build his casket and I was able to keep that promise – and I was privileged enough to be a pall bearer. I’ve also sold them to others and it’s a humbling experience to be involved in some degree or another in such a private part of someone else’s life. My site is – feel free to check out some of my builds and PM or e-mail me if you have any questions on dimensions or any other build aspects. And although I cannot give legal advice I can point you in the direction of some information on consumers rights as well.