Coffin Training Manual

Tools and Machinery
A list of all the tools and machines that you need. 23 items listed that are necessary to run your business effectively.

Required Materials
A list of all materials needed during construction. 12 items listed.

Paints and Oxides
Guidelines for mixing paints and oxides. 7 items listed.

Staining Chipboard
A complete step-by-step guideline on how to stain chipboard and supawood so it resembles hardwood.

Colour Mixtures
Oxide colour mixes that will give you variations in the colour of the end product. 6 different colour mixes shown, which you can play with to create your own colours.

Jig Diagrams and Blocks
Diagrams of seven jig sizes and placement of the support blocks. The jig is used to construct the actual coffin. Also included is a photo of the completed jig.

Constructing a Jig
Notes and diagrams on how to construct the jig. The jig is only made once (for each of the seven different sized coffins). When done the coffin is constructed around the jig.

Sizes of the 7 completed coffins (from stillborn to adult). In the manual the are referred to coffin 1 to 7, 1 being stillborn and seven being adult.

Constructing a Coffin
Step-by-step instructions, notes, diagrams and cutting angles on how to construct the number 2 coffin around the jig. Includes a photo of one side panel attached to the jig, as well as a photo of the completed product. How to do the side panels, floor, head insert, toe insert and lid.

Panel Pins
Placement of screws, panel pins and skirting on the coffin, including diagrams and a photo.

Seventeen guidelines and tips during construction. 17 items listed.

Coffin Trimmings
Securing the plastic lining and fitting the trimmings.

Oversized Coffins
How to construct oversized coffins, i.e. coffins larger than the standard adult size.

Positioning of Handles
Guidelines on positioning of handles and decorations on coffins. This covers all 7 sizes.

Legal Requirements
A short synopsis of legal requirements.

Cutting Guide For Coffins
A cutting guide for the 7 coffin sizes with built in safety margins. Once you are familiar with all the sizes you can prepare your own cutting guide without the safety margins, which will save on wood.

Cutting Guide For Jigs
Cutting guide for the seven coffin jigs.

Floor Panel Screws
How to secure the floor panel properly, as this carries most of the weight.

Diagrams Of Coffin Lids
8 different diagrams of coffin lids. You can also design your own.

Template Sizes
Sizes of the seven templates, which are used to construct the jigs.

Handles & Trimmings
Online link showing you how trimmings and handles are fitted.

Casket Training Manual

Casket Box
Instructions, sizes and diagrams on how to construct the box.

Frame On Top of Box
Instructions, sizes and diagram on how to construct the frame.

Floor panel
Instructions on how to complete and secure the floor panel.

How and where to place the hinges and mounting the frame onto the box.

Lid Support
Instructions, height, angles and diagrams of the lid support.

The Lid
Instructions and diagrams on construction the flat lid.

Diagrams, instructions and placement of skirtings and corner blocks.

Different pre-made trimmings and supplier.

Securing Panels
Diagrams and sizes of all panels and how to secure the joins.

Staining And Painting
How to stain or paint the casket if MDF foil was not used.

Different sizes of the infant, teenage and adult caskets.

Picture of the finished product plus the interior trimmings.

Dome Caskets
A video link on how to manufacture dome caskets.

Training Course Videos

Flatlid Coffin
Jig with support panels and blocks
Preparing side panels
Fitting side panels
Head and toe inserts
Floor panel
Raised Flatlid Casket
Main box
Lid support and lid

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