|Project by oldwolf||posted 08-18-2010 06:19 AM||10724 views||17 times favorited||13 comments|
As a second hobby I am a member of a group that does medieval reenactment, every year we give a members appreciation gift to the individual that has shown the most growth and or dedication. Traditionally I have been asked to construct an appropriate gift.
The deserving member this year is teaching himself to blacksmith, I wanted to design and build a project that would represent the strength and reliability that goes with this endeavor. What came from that was this “hutch” chest.
In medieval times the hutch chest worked as a transition style piece that lived for a couple of hundred years until technology changed, Early chests were six board chest varieties, good for a while but with poorer joinery techniques that made their life spans shortish, Then came the hutch style chest with a front and back panel joined to the legs with a pined tongue and groove joint. The pinned joint was much more stable and added longevity to the piece. This was a dominant form from the 13th to around the 15th century until it was overtaken by the technically superior Joined Chest (for a look at excellent joined chests take a look at Peter Follansbee’s work)
This chest was made from rough sawn white oak a full inch thick to begin with. It was dimensioned, flattened, and smoothed by hand. Some power tools were used in the production of the piece as well but still a lot of hand work and boy oh boy did this white oak make me earn this one. I finished it with two coats of danish oil
I am really really proud of this piece, it took about a week and a half of sweat and work on weekends and after work hours but it was worth it, My favorite part is the handles on the sides made of oak and through mortised through the legs.
I have covered the complete build in high detail on my blog you can certainly go and visit there to see more details. The link is here:
I guess I should say at the time I’m putting this up I don’t have the complete build posted on the blog, There are two or three more posts and the entire build will be up in 3 days at most. If you’re interested keep checking in.
Thanks for lookin’
-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/