Slim-line Groundbreaker Coffin

In New Orleans the dead are buried above ground to avoid the graves filling with water and forcing the coffins floating to the surface, but did you know that heavy rains will still occasionally dislodge coffins in areas well above the water table? ¬†And if you have any carpentry skills then DaveintheGrave’s tutorial on building a slim-line groundbreaker coffin will help you create this effect.

This prop gives the freshly dislodged coffin look without having to build or bury a full coffin to get the effect (not to mention saving the storage space).



Items needed to complete this include:

  • 1/2 or 1/4″ Plywood (About 4 square ft.)
  • 1 X 2″ wood (About 5 ft.)
  • 1″ Wood Screws
  • (2) “L” Brackets
  • Small wood screws
  • Decorative Moulding (Optional)
  • Flat Moulding (Optional)
  • Stain or Paint