Medieval dugout chest . #2: This thing is going to destroy my truck .

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Blog entry by randomray posted 01-02-2012 06:20 AM 1432 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I imagine a dugout chest has many names , but I have also heard them called log chests in english . I like dugout because they are just like dugout canoes . They are made from a whole section of a log so that name works well too . The basic idea is you get a section of tree about 6ft “2meters ” to 12ft “4 meters ” long and hollow out the inside after spilting off one side . More detail latter . As for tools many of our traditional hand tool designs go back hundreds in some cases thousands of years . Sorry Kova no pictures of my shop till I get it cleaned up again . I will go over the tools that I use and the tool that might have been used in about 1350 AD on this project .The date I choose for this project even though these were probably the first chests ever made and were made clear up to 1500 AD . ” Well honestly up to 2012 AD since I’m makeing one chuckle… ” One of my related hobbies is old tools and how they were used . I’m not a collector . On another note I happen to live very close to a first rate tool Museum called The Mercer Museum started by Henry Mercer an expert on tools .

Let’s see I had the huge chunk of oak on the back of the truck . This worked well until I came to the first stop sign . Blammm ! It slid across the plastic bed liner into the back of the cab of the truck . Scared the dickens out of me . I forgot to tie it down . Who would have thought something so heavy would slid so easily ? And it could slid only a few feet . So I pulled over and strapped it down . I drove another 10 miles home with no further adventures . Now I’m in my drive in front of my shop I wondering if my plan to get it out of the back of my truck by myself will work . I had backed in dropped my tail gate and found a old hard wood 4×4 and used it as a lever to slid the block of green oak off the truck . Sigh , it landed on one end leaning against the tail gate and jambed there , after some fussing around I got it loose and just pulled the truck forward . I then used some heavy pipes as pry bars and got it up on some more 4×4s . This took way longer then I expected . The next day I started taking measurements and decideing where to make cuts and such .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 07:40 AM

Thanks FRIEND!! STORY IS A VERY illustrate that there NOT need pictures ;-)


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#2 posted 01-03-2012 02:27 PM

Ahhh, but pictures would add sooo much! We need pictures!

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 03:38 PM

Yeah…we really need pics of this!! I’m hooked!!

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 04:47 AM

I sort of pictured the scenario, but pix would have been much better.

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 05:20 AM

LOL , I didn’t say there would be no pictures just that there would be no pictures of my shop till I got it cleaned up .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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