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02-23-2013 07:22 AM

Nova program “Building Pharoah’s Chariot.” Archeologists research the technology of Pharoah’s chariots, while Egyptian woodworkers make it all come together. These guys mill timbers from huge logs, using enormous bandsaw mills with long, totally exposed blades. Their wood steaming and bending skills are beyond astonishing. Check it out on the Nova website. You can play the video. Well worth your time.


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#1 posted 02-23-2013 07:24 AM

Ya got a link?

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 07:27 AM

Yeah a link would have been nice but I found it.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/pharaoh-chariot.html

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 08:03 AM

They know to stand away from the blades, and… not lean against their machines

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 08:18 AM

I watched that from start to finish. Agreed; well worth the time.

Wonder if they considered using green wood for the beech long pole, bending would have been easier.

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 08:26 AM

Great vid…history and woodworking. I wonder what they used to grease the axle/wheel?

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#6 posted 02-23-2013 09:05 AM

The blood of their enemies!

Actually I wondered that too since they never mentioned it and the wheels squeaked a bit at first.

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#7 posted 02-23-2013 11:50 AM

My guess would be animal fat of some kind

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 01:43 PM

That was really interesting. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 06:30 PM

I would have liked a little more insight into how the Egyptians fabricated the chariots without the modern tools used in the video. The steaming chambers in the video were mere out of steel how did the ancient Egyptians accomplish this etc.!

Overall, the chariot is quite an example of great engineering even though some of it was trial and error; number of spokes and axel location as examples.

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#10 posted 02-23-2013 11:18 PM

Not trying to hijack your thread here, but there’s an excellent series entitled “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, six modern builders recreate a Roman bath house from scratch without powertools. Just for anyone who likes to combine history with construction techniques.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnR7sgXrVDk&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2DMPeX3hxDs%26oref%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.youtube.com%252Fchannel%252FSWM1j7eVvgJOY%26has_verified%3D1&has_verified=1

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#11 posted 02-23-2013 11:22 PM

renners, stop teasing me…

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#12 posted 02-23-2013 11:40 PM

Ooops, my bad.

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#13 posted 02-24-2013 01:20 AM

Traditionally, steam boxes were built out of wood. Wooden boat builders often still use them, as most are homemade, but of course other materials, such as metal, are also employed. I don’t think those Egyptians (ancient or contemporary) would have any problems building one out of wood. Of course, you have to have a separate boiler, as building your fire under the wooden steam box might not be the best solution. Not sure what they might have used as a boiler, or as piping for the steam.

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#14 posted 02-24-2013 03:20 AM

clay

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