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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......
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Great job Doug. It looks very authentic.
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Geez that’s so authentic it gives me the Heebee geebbees . Talk about going over the top , nice work Doug
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Nice. I'm an old-fahioned type myself.
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Geez thatís so authentic it gives me the Heebee geebbees . Talk about going over the top , nice work Doug
going over the top would be 3 more coats of paint and turning ball ends for the handles.... but I gotta fly out this weekend. My bride would have been happy with the plain box, but what's the fun in that? It never hurts to have a couple of extra brownie points in your account.

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It would have been good for a laugh to have a head or a hand pop up threw the candy via an air actuator lol
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That looks great, Doug. Making props is a lot of fun, isn't it? It gives you the freedom to be creative, and you can tell yourself "It's just a prop," if things aren't as precise as you might normally make them.
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That looks real...! ! ! Nice...
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Those are very cool. Got to be careful how authentic you make it or you'll scare all the little kids away and be stuck with lots of candy.
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Those are very cool. Got to be careful how authentic you make it or you'll scare all the little kids away and be stuck with lots of candy.
It is kid sized......

Standing order for Halloween is to never buy candy you don't mind getting stuck with.

Peanut M&Ms, Reese's cups, and almond joys are OK, taffy, smarties, and cheap lollipops are not acceptable
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