|Project by Kean||posted 05-22-2011 09:16 PM||6024 views||12 times favorited||11 comments|
I and several of my fellow SCA shire members, several years ago, crafted beds in the style of the one found in Osberg Ship Burial. They are crafted entirely of wood, with no metal or glue. This one is made to hold a modern queen-size mattress and is crafted of ash. The only difference between this bed and the Osberg bed is that the Osberg bed did not have a headboard and it’s posts were carved. The headboard was added to this design in deference to my wife and I’s desire to not have our pillows on the ground every morning. The bed can be assembled without it for historical display purposes. As for the posts, I will get around to carving them, one day. No, really! :-) The finish is Danish Oil.
Well, the osberg bed developed it’s first issue after nearly 10 years of event use during the last Pennsic War. A crack developed between the two tenons on one of the side pieces. Given where it was, there wasn’t any danger of a collapse. I think it may have happened during disassembly. It was a damp year and it was difficult to get apart. I used the shop vac trick to draw glue down into the crack, clamped it up overnight and then put an oak butterfly inlay patch on each side. Given that it was my first attempt at inlay, I don’t think it came out too bad. The oak contrasts nicely with the ash. And no, I still haven’t gotten around to carving the posts.
-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.