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Title: Six board chest
Post by: Sir Humphrey on 2014-04-24, 03:32:37
I've shifted from leather work and sewing for a bit. This is a six board chest that doubles as a bench, made at the request of my Lady.  18 X 11 X 34 inches and made of 1 inch thick pine.  The finish is milk paint waxed with a mixture of beeswax, linseed oil and turpentine.
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Post by: Sir Wolf on 2014-04-24, 11:19:07
nice man, very nice
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Post by: Ian on 2014-04-24, 11:32:42
Beautiful! Pegs? Nails?
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Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-04-24, 12:51:25

That's great! A very nice, period look to it.
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Post by: Sir Humphrey on 2014-04-24, 13:45:14
Beautiful! Pegs? Nails?

Held together with forged head nails from Tremont nail company.  The hardware is cheap stuff I found at VanDykes restorations.  The hardware is held on by screws until I can find some handforged nails small enough to use on them.  I don't want to screw it up with modern round wire nails.
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Post by: Sir James A on 2014-04-24, 13:56:06
Very nice! Was going to ask about the hardware since I have a six-board on my "to do" list (that will actually get done).
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Post by: Naythan on 2014-04-24, 18:46:32
what is a six-board chest exactly?
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Post by: Aiden of Oreland on 2014-04-24, 19:05:54
what is a six-board chest exactly?

A chest made from 6 boards usually held together pegs or nails. If I am correct this is 13th century? I am not sure what is meant to be stored in it but I am sure it doesn't really matter. Very nice by the way.
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Post by: Thorsteinn on 2014-04-24, 22:04:38
Very nice! Now I want one for my home. :)
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Post by: Ian on 2014-04-24, 23:18:43
If I am correct this is 13th century?

Six-board chests span many centuries
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Post by: Sir Humphrey on 2014-04-25, 03:06:21
Here is a typical six board chest.  This one was made to store armor and was not intended to be mobile as my little chest is.

http://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/antique/english-medieval-armourers-chest/ (http://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/antique/english-medieval-armourers-chest/)
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Post by: Aiden of Oreland on 2014-04-25, 03:12:15
Now I want one. Need something to store mail in and other stuff. Question, I have been trying to research what people stored clothing in, in the 13th century and on, would anyone know?
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Post by: Sir Rodney on 2014-04-26, 03:12:01
Nicely done!   :)
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Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-04-26, 11:27:26
Now I want one. Need something to store mail in and other stuff. Question, I have been trying to research what people stored clothing in, in the 13th century and on, would anyone know?

As far as I know, mostly chests like this.
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Post by: Sir Patrick on 2014-04-26, 15:10:00
Nice work!
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Post by: Paulus von Zurich on 2014-08-15, 18:19:14
Beautiful! Pegs? Nails?
  The hardware is held on by screws until I can find some handforged nails small enough to use on them. 

Buy the correct size of nails, put them in a vice and whack them three or four times to transform the head into a forged look.  You can also heat them with a propane torch and hammer them to make the job somewhat easier. Then you can drop the nail (while hot) into a container of oil to blacken them and give them the appearance of handforged nails.

I have done this many times over the years while building various medieval items. I have even forged the points square on modern nails for using them for clench nails.
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Post by: Sir James A on 2014-08-18, 14:58:32
The hardware is held on by screws until I can find some handforged nails small enough to use on them.  I don't want to screw it up with modern round wire nails.

I missed this, but I did the same with mine (screws). My plan is to grind down the screws until it looks like a standard nail head, rough it up to look hand forged-ish, and paint it black. Durability of screws, almost-appearance of nails.
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Post by: Ian on 2014-08-18, 15:52:09

http://www.tremontnail.com/tremont-flooring.htm (http://www.tremontnail.com/tremont-flooring.htm)
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Post by: Eva de Carduus Weald on 2014-08-19, 15:16:28
I am playing with the idea of making one of these for the baronial guard. I am already spearheading the outfitting of the "conscripts" (aka people we pull off the street to be temporary members). That way we can keep them nice and keep them together when not in use. Only trouble is I am not the build it type so it will probably look like an actualized Piccaso when I finish. (yes I probably butchered the poor man's name but meh).