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Do It Yourself Coffins for Pets and People: A Schiffer Book for Woodworkers Who Want to Be Buried in Their Work Paperback – July 1, 2007

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  • Series: Schiffer Book for Woodworkers Who Want to Be Buried in Their
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764303376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764303371
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have built one of the coffins following the directions in the book. Some measurements are missing, and some are not correct. This cost me in materials and time. Beware!
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The photographs in "Do-It-Yourself Coffins" are nicely done. Unfortunately, the artisanry and aesthetic appeal of the coffins are not. As a person who designs and builds fine, handcrafted coffins, I was disappointed in the level of how-to information presented as well as the quality and appearance of the finished products.
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I should have paid more attention to the ratings. I was looking for something to get me started, and this book just barely did that. Anyone with any woodworking skill at all will cringe at the drawings and poor quality of the measurements. Photo's are good. Quality of the products are very pooooor!
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I was very disappointed in this book. We make our living from woodworking and the techniques in this book are better suited to junior high school shop class.
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Too bad this program forces me to put a rating star on this book, I tried to give it a zero but the site requires a higher rating.
As with the majority who have rated this book so far -- this book deserves a quick death. Poor craftsmanship and lots of wood putty. The excellent photographs only prove the point. The caption under the photo for tight finger joints should read "fill gaps with more putty." The poor orientation of wood grain, the cheap plywood, the missing measurements, it all was sad to see. The photos of the staining and finishing show very sloppy work. Even the upholstery work is a shame. I agree with the earlier review that suggests this book is for 7th-8th grade wood shop. If you have any woodworking skills and take pride in your craftsmanship, don't waste your money on this book like I did.
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This book is a total waste of time and money. the title says "coffins" but it only offers one coffin to build (badly). For an alleged technical manual there are many, many things in the book that are just WRONG. The author invites you to rip a piece of plywood that is longer than the standard plywood length. The craftsmanship is horrendous with proudly displayed mitered joints that don't meet. I have the feeling that the guy who gave this book 5 stars is either related to the author or I can picture him trying to turn on his table saw through his straight jacket. Save your money this one is the pitts and a disgrace to be sold alongside serious woodwoorking books
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The book is indeed about building coffins. The only good part is the portion on drawings, showing proportions.

Virtually all the examples and instructions are using stained pine plywood for the coffins. Sorry, but that is not my idea of a good wooden box for burial. One wouldn't want to use salt treated plywood (which is virtually impossible to finish), and any other plywood degrades promptly in wet conditions. This was not implied or stated in the description.

My expectations on how to build a coffin and/or pet coffins was certainly not met.
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There is nothing "woodworker" about this book. Woodworkers generally pride themselves on clean precise joints, no visible glue marks, QUALITY finishes...this book carries NONE of those. The craftsmanship is poor at best and the execution of this "toe pincher" coffin is every synonym of awkward that I could find on thesaurus. com "all thumbs, amateurish, artless, blundering, bulky, bumbling, bungling, butterfingers, coarse, floundering, gawky, graceless, green*, having two left feet, having two left hands, incompetent, inept, inexpert, klutzy, lumbering, maladroit, oafish, rude, stiff, stumbling, uncoordinated, uncouth, unfit, ungainly, ungraceful, unhandy, unpolished, unrefined, unskilled, unskillful ". This book is REALLY bad and this guy should stop shopping himself around as a "woodworker" and should stick to building birdhouses on the weekends. I'm not usually the one who writes reviews or even much less, bad ones but I spent my hard earned money on this piece of crap and I want the world to know that this guy does NOT deserve to be gracing the pages of this book or any other. This only positive note is that the dimensions in the front of the book MAY be helpful but I am sure you can find plans/dimensions on the internet for free.

I wish I could give this book no stars. I'm sad that there is only one real coffin book out there and this guy made it. :(
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