Not so simple Halloween Prop
Trunk or Treat season is upon us again, and this year my wife decided that since my youngest thinks her car looks like "a hearse", we should capitalize on that.
The request was for a casket that would fit in the back of her car and that the candy could be inside. And I need it done in 5 days.
Measurements were taken to see what sort of room I had to play with, and then research was done to determine
a) what a casket should look like
b) what dimensions will make it look proportionally correct
c) what do I have on hand so I don't have to spend any money on this I don't have to
The envelope I had to play with was 34"w 72"l 32"h (at the door) 35"h in a couple of inches. I took the dimensions from a standard size casket and scaled it down so I could make the 32" high measurement with the lid open. I grabbed a sheet of $18 ply from Lowes and made the basic box. The lid is made from the remnants of the sheet, plus some pieces of ply, poplar, walnut and MDF from the scrap bin. The only joinery is glue and crown staples.
I had a piano hinge salvaged from another piece of furniture, and a ton of free mop handles I picked up off of Craigslist (from a ladder golf and cornhole board making phase a while back) and finished the assembly. The cheap ply looked really bad in spots, so I filled the voids with Bondo and sanded them out a little bit.
After a quick paint job, I ran over to goodwill and found a grey queen size sheet for $3, and used that and some 3/4" green foam insulation I had laying around to 'upholster' the inside. It is far from perfect, but I think it will work. I still have to scroll some Landau Bars to mount on the rear windows of the 'hearse' to give it a little more of an effect, but I haven't knocked that out yet.
In all, $18 for wood, $10 for paint, and $3 for the upholstery, I don't think it turned out too bad. Now... as long as it doesn't rain this weekend......