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Free Pet Casket Plans - DVD Storage Unit

Check Out The Pet Coffin Plans Below!

Build the Pet Coffin or DVD Storage Box shown on the right with just a few tools and a small investment in materials!

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Building a pet coffin is a project that can be practical.   This simple, half-sized coffin can hold a good-sized pet. This pet casket can also be built and used as a CD or DVD Storage Case.


Material List:

If old pine boards are not available, purchase, as I prefer, one sheet, 3/4" x 4' x 8' hardwood plywood for the sides and top Lid panels.

One piece of 3/8" x 2' x 4' hardwood plywood for the bottom panel.

Four pieces @ 36" of 1/2" Metal Shelving Channel and Shelf Brackets (only if coffin will be used as a CD Storage Unit).

1/2 pound, 1 5/8" Woodscrews.

Shelf paper to produce a paper template.

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

#3 = 80 degrees

#4 = 76 degrees

#5 & #6 = 53 degrees

Step 2, Cut the Coffin Base Side Pieces - Select 3/4" x 4' x 8' plywood panel; rip one piece to 9" x 8' for the side pieces. Using the dimensions and angle specs from the template, measure and cut the six side pieces; use your template to ensure all pieces and angles are accurate. 

Step 3, Cut the Coffin Bottom Base Piece - Produce another template for the bottom base piece per the dimensions above.  Select 3/8" x 2' x 4' plywood panel; place the template onto the panel; use an awl or small nail to indicate the six connecting points; with a pencil, connect the dots.  With the template transferred to the wood panel, select your circular saw cutting guide and place it along the lines, clamp it into place, and make the appropriate cuts.

Step 4, Cut the Dado Groove in All Side Pieces - Set your dado blade to cut 3/8" deep x 3/8" wide; set the fence at 3/8".  Select the six side panels and make the dado cut at the bottom edge of all panels; this groove will receive the bottom panel.

Step 5, CD/DVD Shelf Option- If you are going to use this coffin as a storage case for CD's or DVD's, select the shelf bracket channels; check the dimensions of the channel, and prepare your dado blade to cut the grooves to receive the channel strips.  Adjust the dado saw blades to the proper width; set the saw to cut the proper depth; set the fence to 1 1/2".  Select the two, long side panels; make the dado cuts 1 1/2" in from each edge; two passes per panel to receive the shelf channel brackets at each edge; attach the four channels to the two side panels, as shown above.

Select the 3/4" plywood panel; crosscut a shelf piece to 15 1/2" with the angled bottom; rip the shelf to 8 1/8".

Step 6, Assemble the Coffin Base Pieces- Select the bottom panel, the solid shelf, and six side panels and dry fit the pieces.  Connect all points with glue, biscuits and/or  1 5/8" screws at the proper angles (Note:  Use dowel plugs  for the solid shelf screw holes so the shelf can be unscrewed and removed when necessary).  Also, determine shelf placement, measure, and cut to size (because the coffin sides are tapered, each shelf must be cut to size).

Step 7, Construct the Coffin Lid Cover- Select the remaining portion of the 4 x 8 plywood panel; set the Coffin Base onto the panel and scribe the outline of the base.  With the Circular Saw Cutting Guide, cut out the Coffin Lid.

Step 8, Finish the Coffin- Attach all edging material, fill all holes with wood plugs and/or filler, sand, and apply stain and poly or paint. 

Note:  If you use this Pet Coffin as a storage case, you must secure it to a wall stud through the back panel.

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