|Project by james3one||posted 03-07-2015 10:08 PM||2550 views||11 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a Viking age chest made out of a single board of Cherry. Except for the hinges and rare earth magnets it is correct for the period. The bottom cants out at about 5 degrees on all four sides(Keeps it stable on a longboat). Front and sides meet at a half-lap and the bottom is set in with stopped and through tenons at each end. Sides, face and bottom are secured with maple pegs. The hardware is held in place with clenched cut nails. The top is slightly curved so the straps on the hinges had to be hammered into the same shape.
It’s finished with a thin coat of Boiled Linseed Oil(Tried and True) and a single coat of wax. The through tenon is a little more through than the original(Found in a bog in Mastermyr) but provides a nice hand hold.
This is one of those random, spur of the moment projects that just happened to work out. I didn’t have a cut list, or my usual computer model. I understood the design and joinery needed and that’s all. I allowed the angles to be determined as they came up. Length of parts based a little on aesthetics but mostly on how much wood there was. I don’t recommend doing a project of any sort by the seat of one’s pants, but, that having been said it was really fun to do and I was really pleased at how well this came out. I didn’t have the hardware I wanted but time continued to march on. Needed this to get out the door, so I made due. Half way into this I decided where it was going to go, which drove things on. If you get the chance, let a project run itself. It’s very liberating and just a bit inspiring.
-- James, Tulsa OK,