Friday, June 1, 2012

Coffin Cooler

True Blood Party Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps



A coffin cooler to keep your drinks cold as a vampire! This most definitely will be the gathering place for all your party guests.

Material List:
Three, 3/4" x 4' x 8' hardwood plywood panel for the Sides, Bottom Nailer, and Top Lid panels.
Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge.
1/2 pound, 1 5/8" Woodscrews.
Shelf paper to produce paper templates.
Wood plugs and/or wood filler.

Step 1, Draw a Template - Select shelf paper and tape it together so the complete exterior footprint can be drawn.  Using a T-square or carpenter's square draw two perpendicular lines, and reproduce the dimensions as shown above. Connect all the dimensions to create the outer edge of the coffin.  The numbered angles equal:
#1 & #2 = 49 degrees each
#3 = 80 degrees
#4 = 76 degrees
#5 & #6 = 53 degrees each
Step 2, Cut the Coffin Base Side Pieces - Select 3/4" x 4' x 8' plywood panel; rip four equal-width pieces @ 12" x 8' (set your fence @ 11 7/8" to allow for the saw blade and ensure there are four, equal-width pieces) for the six side pieces. Using the dimensions and angle specs from the template, measure and cut the six side pieces. 
Step 3, Cut the Coffin Bottom Base - Select shelf paper to produce Template #2 for the Bottom Base; this base will be used as a nailer for the six side panels.  Using a T-square or carpenter's square draw two perpendicular lines, and reproduce the dimensions as shown above. Connect all the dimensions to create the outer edge of the Bottom Insert; select the circular saw cutting guide, and place it along the lines, clamp it into place, and make the appropriate cuts.. 



Step 4, Assemble the Coffin Base Pieces- Select the Bottom panel, six side panels, and dry fit the pieces.  Connect all points with glue, biscuits and/or  1 5/8" screws at the proper angles. Screw through all the side panels into the Bottom Panel to provide strength and rigidity to the coffin walls (counter sink all holes).



Step 5, Construct the Coffin Lid Cover- Select the remaining portion of the 4 x 8 plywood panel; Select the completed Coffin Base and place it upon the plywood panel; scribe the outline of the base.  With the Circular Saw Cutting Guide, cut out the Coffin Lid.
Step 6, Finish the Coffin- Attach all decorations,add drain to side of coffin and seal, fill all holes with wood plugs and/or filler, sand, and apply stain and poly or paint; add the lid-stay torsion hinge.



All the parts came from Home Depot & Lowes except for the hinges that was found at  Rockler. (Lid-Stay Torsion Hinge) 

The liner is called FRP, from Home Depot. It comes in sheets and is similar to a shower liner. It is glued in and then the seams are caulked with white aquarium sealant.

The drain is just a simple bathroom sink drain.

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