(Sawing and Drying Forum)
Here is a photo of a casket my friend made for his father.
The bottom, sides and ends are water oak. The lid is Louisiana native pecan. We gave it a light coating of Min-Wax clear and wiped it off after about 10 minutes. Around here everyone thinks water oak is a trash tree. It grows real fast (I've got one 30 feet tall that is only 10 years old).
We really didn't have plans except for a simple sketch. A quick internet search for "casket plans" did find some, including one that looks like what we put together.