Tools and Machinery needed to Manufacture Coffins and Caskets

You are able to start manufacturing from the space of a double garage. You should have a separate room where the painted coffins can dry in a dust free area.  

You need not purchase expensive tools to start a coffin and casket business. When one starts a business, you initially do not have a lot of customers. Customers start increasing in numbers as soon as you start marketing your business and yourself. Customers will have to know who you are, what you do and how your products will benefit them. Therefore you can start this business using tools that you can purchase on your local hardware store.


You will be able to make at least 20 coffins per week depending on your woodworking knowledge and abilities. Obviously, as you start making more coffins, you will need bigger machines. With the profit of the sale of your coffins, you will be able to afford bigger machines later. 



You will need:

1. A Compressor and Spray Gun. The size of the compressor depends on your required output of coffins and caskets. If you require a high output of coffins and caskets the machine capacity should rise accordingly. Do take in account that compressors can also be used to drive a staple gun and nail gun and other equipment that you buy that can be air driven.


Purchase the best spray gun that you can afford; it can be either a high or low pressure gun depending on your preference. We prefer a gravity feed gun which allows all the paint to be used. Ensure that you always clean your spray guns very well; never leave spray in the spray gun.


2. A Circular or Radial Arm Saw depending on the amount that you can spend and the amount of coffins that you have to produce. It’s always best to use a 40-60 tooth blade to ensure a better finish. Blades with tungsten carbide tipped teeth produce the best finish. The blades stay sharper for longer and can be re-sharpened.


3. A Sander and sand paper to ensure that no tiny scratches will show up when you apply a clear finish. This is important for quality control purposes. When making a coffin or casket, never sand the chipboard in circles, always sand in long straight strokes.


4. A Small Drill Machine with speed setting for drilling pilot holes and insertion of screws.


5. A Router with a 1/4 rounder bit to finish off edges. We find that self-guiding cutters with a solid bearing mounted on the tip of the shank just above the cutting edge works the best.



You will also need:

Stapler gun and staples, used for lining, (preferably an air driven machine as it is more powerful).


Straight edge ruler, Square and Hammer to hit panel pins.


Tape measure: If you're using a steel measuring tape, never leave it extended in case something falls on it. Damaged tape will be virtually useless.


Punch to countersink panel pins. You may also purchase a combination nail/stapler gun with a 38mm F-range nail. This machine can be set so that it will automatically drive the nail beneath the surface of the wood. This can speed up work tremendously. Once again, the air tool is much stronger and cost effective than its electrical counterpart.


Pliers to remove panel pins that have bent.


Pencil and sharpener to draw lines.




Broom. If financially possible, a dust extractor.


You will also need:

Brackets on wall or table to hang the coffin on when applying graining mixture.

Tables to work on.

Stands used for spraying coffins.

Separate space to store finished coffins and other materials such as lining and handles for your product.

Separate space to be used for drying after applying the vanish on the product. This will ensure that dust particles do not settle on the wet paint.

The distributor of the wood (e.g. Timber city) will cut the wood in manageable pieces according to a cutting list that we provide you with.