Step 1, Build Coffins. Step 2…. Step 3, Profit!


This weekend I built three coffins with the help of some friends and wrote a blog post about the experience over at my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine. Check it out here.

Special thanks to John Hoffman, the other half of Lost Art Press, Dr. Tim Henrickson, Raney Nelson of Daed Toolworks, Megan Fitzpatrick of Popular Woodworking, Sean Thomas and Andrew Lunn.

These coffins and the details of their construction will be featured in the forthcoming “Furniture of Necessity” book.

— Christopher Schwarz

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11 Responses to Step 1, Build Coffins. Step 2…. Step 3, Profit!

  1. kendewitt608 says:

    What a great idea to inter the history of wood !


  2. Niels Cosman says:

    I hope Raney wasn’t killed by moving wood, again.
    On the other hand, if you’ve got a couple coffins laying around…


  3. As much as I would have enjoyed being there to see this piece of woodworking history researched, what I truly would have enjoyed is listening to your conversation with your neighbors. “Umm, Chris? We really don’t mind the late night planer whine and all the rattle when you unload truckloads of lumber is cool with us, but really? Flaming coffins in the driveway? I know the POA agreements doesn’t specifically address flaming coffins but we have limits man!!”

    Just kidding. Interesting post and I particularly like seeing the integration of your basic tenants of living into your craft


  4. mdhills says:

    Anytime I hear of a woodworker making their own coffin, I think of the Portlandia episode:


  5. Was this one meant for a Viking funeral?


  6. hughjengine says:

    Why should vikings have all the fun?


  7. lexxluthier says:

    Looks like quite the undertaking…


  8. Cod this be something that was built with green wood?


  9. At least there was not theft of underpants involved.


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