Small Tarred Chest

March 2005

A small wooden chest, in a vaguely Bristolian piratical sense.

Chest, closed

Chest, closed

Overall size is about 16" x 10"

Chest, open

Chest, open

This chest began from a few inspirations:

Chest, padlock hasp

Chest, padlock hasp

Not finished in this photo - needs the hinges riveting on (pozidrive screws aren't quite authentic) and another coat of tar.

Ironwork got off to a bad start when I realised I'd left the spare parts at home. So I had to start from scratch on them too. While I was about it I also made the hinges for a Norse chest, vaguely patterned after the Mastermyr chest.

For Sale

There'll be other chests for sale later this year - probably at re-enactor / LARP events. Look at the For Sale page for details.

Construction

Simple pine box of recycled timber, with dovetailed corners. Lid is coopered pine strips, held with hornbeam pegs.

Ironwork is steel, both cold and hot worked.

Finish is bitumen. Bitumen paint in a solvent for the box, or hot molten bitumen over the lid and underneath the base, for better waterproofing.