Coffin and Casket Manufacturing Tools and Machinery

Coffins and Caskets can be manufactured with chipboard. Surprised? Read on..

Using the staining and graining technique, the chipboard is protected. You will create beautiful, highly marketable products. A special method has been developed to EASILY bend the coffin around the shoulders to create the mummy effect. Read the instructions in the training manual properly and follow it carefully.

Manufacturing with Chipboard requires very little tools which is not expensive to purchase. Chipboard is in no way inferior. If cut and formed correctly, with the addition of special screws and glue it is sturdy and approved to be used in coffin and casket manufacturing by the South African Bureau of Standards.

It is important to make sure that the surface on which you apply your staining and graining formulae is free from dirt, oil, dust or glue. The time spent on preparing the surface of the chipboard is time well worth spent as this will ensure a beautiful high gloss finish to your products.

The formula is provided with the training and can be applied without difficulty. You will need a compressor to spray paint the product. You will be taught how to apply the stain and grain formula and how to spray paint the coffins and caskets when you attend the workshop.

Obviously there are coffins and caskets made with real hardwood. Unfortunately due to the cost of the real wood, not everyone has enough finances to purchase it. Mostly caskets, especially dome caskets are made of real wood, but some coffins are also made of real wood.

Real hard wood woodworking tools are expensive. Real wood is hard to cut and process and specialized and very sharp and accurate tools and machinery are needed.

Tools must be kept clean. Example: Glue, dirt or rust on a hammer head will cause nails to bend as they are driven into wood, yet a hammerhead is easily and effortlessly cleaned with sandpaper.

In coffin and casket construction, specialized screws and glue is used. A lot of money can be saved if screws are box by the box instead of by the packet. Make sure that you use the screws specified in the coffin and casket training manual.


You can start working with chipboard by using the following tools:

  • Electrical screw driver that you can use to drill holes with and to drive the screws into the wood.
  • Circular saw to cut and form the wood. We will supply you with a cutting list for manufacturing 7 jigs and the cutting list for manufacturing each size of coffin and casket. The supplier will cut the wood for you after which you will only cut of the excess which will shape the product to the required size.
  • Measuring tools, a square, orbital sander, a few punches, and a jigsaw if you want to scallop the edge of the lid, a router and off course a compressor. The compressor that you start with need not be huge; you can start with the smaller version. As your business grows, you will need a bigger compressor. The smaller compressor can then be used to drive a nail airgun for attaching the upholstery or inner linings into the coffins and caskets.


Ergonomics is a big name that describes designing equipment, etc to suit the human form. Usually the term is used for people that are still living.

However, ergonomics is important when manufacturing funeral products because it assists in understanding the human form so that the correct size
coffin or casket can be built. Always follow the directions in the manual. Measure, check, measure again and then cut. If you make a mistake, you will waste wood!

Contents: Coffin and Casket Manufacturing Manual.