Losing a pet is like losing a family member; it hurts and you will grieve. Some families opt for burial at a pet cemetery for their pets. There are plenty of commercially available caskets for use in pet funerals, but these options may not be personal enough to bury your beloved pet. Creating your own pet casket can be an outlet for those who need to keep themselves busy as they grieve, and making a pet coffin at home allows you to customize your pet’s final resting place.
Building the Coffin - Approximate the size of your pet. If you feel you can, measure your pet's width and length for a more exact measurement. Record these measurements for reference.
Measure your pine boards and mark the length and width of your pet. Create a rectangle shape with a carpenter's pencil on the boards, or draw a classic coffin shape.
Cut the pine boards using your circular saw on the outlines you produced.
Cut the two-by-four boards to match the measurements of each side of your cut pine boards. For example, rectangular boards measuring 12 by eight would require four two-by-fours, two 8-inch two-by-fours and two 12-inch two-by-fours. A classic coffin shape will require you to use a two-by-four for each angle.
Screw each two-by-four to one of the pine boards. Screw the two-by-fours together once they are in place to secure the sides of the coffin.
Fill any holes or kinks on the surface of the wood with wood filler.