Intermediate Woodworking: Wooden Coffin Making

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Once in a lifetime opportunity to put the nail in your own coffin. Now is the time to put those woodworking skills into practice so you can rest peacefully after all is said and done.

MakerSpace tenant and long term member Kim Ligers will guide you step by step through the construction of a reinforced ply coffin that doubles up as a shelving unit or storage trunk whilst not in use. Course members will construct a pre designed 6 foot 'toe pincher' style coffin and will have the opportunity to add their own custom finishing touches in the final week of the course. 

"Historically in Latvia, every self-respecting (and self-sufficient) Latvian peasant would make their own coffin in preparation for the inevitable. Coffins were traditionally made while the maker was still young, often during a long winter, and would be kept in the attic until needed. You may not have an attic, so your coffin may spend most of its life holding books, wine, or music." - Kim, our coffin making course instructor. 

You can be as whimsical or as serious as you choose with this course. We are open to it being a very personal and moving experience through to a purely creative, artistic one. We ask that participants respect that some people will be approaching this course from potentially sensitive angles. 

The course will take place 1 night per week over 6 weeks.

Week 1 - orientation, intro to design, process, inductions on machinery

Week 2 - cutting materials, mock-ups of biscuit joints

Week 3 - cutting materials, assembly, joinery

Weeks 4 & 5 - assembly

Week 6 - customization and finishes

Core materials, machinery, equipment, consumables, hinges and brackets are included in the course fee. Extra decorations, adornments and details can be added by students as desired at their own expense.


Student age 

MakerSpace is an 18+ facility, and our classes and facilities are designed for adults.

The reality is that MakerSpace is simply not set up to accommodate children. For further information please click here:

Disabled access 

Unfortunately our new space cannot offer suitable wheelchair access. We are currently working on improving our facilities to make them accessible for all. 

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What you will learn
  • Safe and accurate operation of woodwork machinery to cut and prepare materials
  • Basic joinery methods to assemble cut out materials
  • Sanding and finishing woodworking projects
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an expert coach.
  • A coffin that doubles as a shelving unit or storage trunk.

What to bring
  • Materials and consumables to build the basic coffin structure and shelving system will be provided. Students will need to purchase additional items to customise their coffins as they see fit.
What to wear

You will need to wear covered shoes and all clothes must be natural fibre (eg. cotton) with long-sleeve shirt essential (long pants ideal).

Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Terms & Conditions


 Refunds: MakerSpace requires a minimum of 5 days (or 120 hour) notice in writing to receive a 75% refund for change of mind. If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email

 Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes, but occasional things come up beyond our control. Our classes are very small to ensure you have a great learning experience, but we need a minimum of 4 students to run most of our classes. If a class is cancelled, we will get in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date. 

Kids in classes: MakerSpace classes are designed for adults. Kids aged 14-17 can book this class on the condition that an accompanying adult also participates - which means booking two places. If you have questions about kids in the workshop, please read this.

 Terms and Conditions: All students must read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, you can find them here.

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