|Project by oldwolf||posted 06-28-2009 03:50 AM||10407 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
My other hobby is viking age reenactment, The Mastermyr chest find is one of the most complete links back to the history of woodworking, Blacksmiths pay a lot of attention to it because they can recreate the tools found within, but the tools in the chest were not just for working steel, but wood as well. The theory I agree with is it was a work set for a shipwright. A skill set that would include both woodworking and steel working.
It is a fun piece to reconstruct, both simple and subtlety sophisticated at the same time. I have built several versions of this chest, and will continue to do so until I feel I have perfected it. or played out all the options. All sides slope in towards the center and the base is held up by through mortises and square pins. This particular piece I created to enter into a competition. To up the ante a bit I added the dovetails to the original design. It took a lot of figuring and erasing for me to pull off the dovetails cut with the 5 degree slope.
The chest is very close to the actual measurements being a total of 14 inches from the ground and around 30 inches in length. It is built of Maple and finished with tung oil and a few coats of satin polyurethane.
-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/