Viking Chest #1: Prototype in recycled pine

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Blog entry by Woodknack posted 04-07-2014 12:31 AM 2221 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found a stack of wood on the side of the road, a futon frame (I think) and some pine. A Viking chest (inspired by the Mastermyr chest) has been in the plans for awhile and since I tend to make most mistakes on my first one of anything, I decided to make the first one from recycled pine.

Here is the basic construction of the original.

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Mine has dadoes/grooves for the bottom instead of rabbets & tenon.
Mine is not tapered (but the next one will be).
Front and back on mine are full laps (this may change on the next one).
Inside of lid on mine is not scooped out.

Upside down view of the bottom:

Bottom and ends:

Sides on. Thought I had superglued all the knots but missed one, it went flying and was lost.

All together for dry fit:

Instead of nailing or pegging the joints like the original, I think I will just use screws and plug the holes.
Open to any thoughts or feedback.

-- Rick M,

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 01:26 AM

I like the simplicity in construction. What material will the next be made of?

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 01:46 AM

Next one, the real one, will be made of oak and smaller in scale. Smaller because I have no use for a big oak chest. I hadn’t planned on making two but after finding the pine I decided why not do a practice run. Tried my hand at carving but it looks like a drunken Viking doodled with a hatchet. Also planning to use wood hinges, another first. You can see why a practice box was a good idea.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 03:05 AM

Looks like your headed in the right direction. Can’t wait to seethe new one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 04:17 PM

I am interested in your final version as I have a lot of red oak that I want to use to make somethings to sell.

So far so good, keep it simple!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 04:25 PM

Rick, thanks for posting. I’ve never heard of a Viking Chest. Do you have any special or antique tools that could use a dedicated chest?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 06:37 PM

Not really. I’ll probably keep the pine version in the shop unless someone in the family wants it.

There are two surviving viking chests I know of, Mastermyr and Oseberg. Each have different construction but are similar in shape. I’ve wanted to build one since seeing Don Weber on The Woodwright’s Shop.

-- Rick M,

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