Casket Load Test Setup
|Four stands support the casket at the handles.|
|1000 lbs of patio bricks ready.|
The casket is our standard Northwoods Pine Casket. The casket was previously assembled with glue and screws and the screws were removed. The casket is 100% metal-free and suitable for burial in conventional cemeteries or green/natural burial cemeteries as well as cremation. The tongue and groove board construction provides optimal strength without building up stresses in the sides and floor due to changes in humidity and temperature. The rib and dado (groove) construction design provides significant strength. The entire floor rests in a dado cut into each of the 4 sides. The entire load on the floor is transferred to the rope handles through the 10 vertical ribs held in place with Elmer's Wood glue.
Loading to 300 lbs
|300 lbs in the casket.|
Loading to 500 lbs
|500 lbs in the casket.|
Loading to 700 lbs
|700 lbs in the casket|
Loading to 1000 lbs
|1000 lbs in the casket.|
How about 1000 lbs + Jonas + Dave = 1400 lbs!
|1400 lbs in the casket.|
With 1400 lbs in the casket, we finally hear a pop! The pop is the sound of stress somewhere in the wood, but after a thorough inspection we find no sign of failure at any glue joint or any piece of wood. With 1400 lbs in the casket and no failure, we are finally satisfied. I am quite certain that the casket might fail at 2000 lbs, but I'm not sure what we would learn from that. I think at 1400 lbs, we've answered the question, "How much can a Northwoods casket support?" and laid this topic to rest.