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Halloween Decoration: How to Make a Miniature Coffin (page 1 of 2)

The proverbial pine box in miniature will surely get some stares when trick-or-treaters pop by this Halloween. Try this easy project for beginner woodworkers.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Because this project won't remain outdoors for long, it's not necessary to use exterior-rated wood. Feel free to apply paint or stain as desired.

Project Cut List

Bottom End – one at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 8-7/8"
Sides – two at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 37-3/8"
Left Top End – one at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 14-1/4"
Right Top End – one at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 13-1/2"
Bottom – one at 3/4" x 19-3/8" x 47-3/4"
Lid – one at 3/4" x 19-3/8" x 47-3/4"
Support Blocks – two at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 2-1/2"
Handle – one at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 1"

In any woodworking project, it's typically best to cut all parts as you need them and not all at once. One small error can ruin an entire stack of lumber.

This project uses pocket-hole joinery in one step.

Cut the Pieces for the Base Assembly

Use the layout in image 1 (below) as a guide for marking and cutting the bottom end to shape. You'll need a compound miter saw to make the 8-degree bevel cuts on the ends.

Use the layout (image 2) as a guide for marking and cutting the sides to shape. Set your compound miter saw at 37 degrees and 8 degrees to cut the bevels on the respective ends (image 3).

Use the layout (image 4) as a guide for marking and cutting the left top end and right top end to shape. Set your compound miter saw at 37 degrees to cut a bevel on one end. Drill pocket holes in the right top end (image 5).

Create the Base Assembly

Attach the right top end to the left top end using glue and 1-1/4" pocket-hole screws (images 1 and 2).

Position the bottom end flush with the 8-degree ends of the sides and mark the position of the sides on the bottom end (image 3).

Attach the bottom end to the sides using glue and #18 x 1-inch wire brads (image 4).

Position the 37-degree ends of the assembly made with the right top end and the left top end flush with the 37-degree ends of the sides and attach using glue and #18 x 1-inch wire brads (images 5 and 6).

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