This chest was in my shop this week for some repairs. All white oak; two panels in front. traces of red & black paint.
Here is the rear view, showing the floor boards dropping out the bottom. Simple enough repair.
Here are details; pitsawn surfaces, riven ditto. Some hatchet work.
Even an earlier repair done in softwood. Note the rotten feet from sitting in damp conditions.
So this is a chest that shows signs of years of hard living.
are you curious yet?
Of course the kicker is that I’ve seen this chest before. Here it is when I made it in 1998 (from a slide) :
These things sit on dirt floors in the living history museum; and get a new coat of boiled linseed oil/turpentine every year or so. Lots of patina from frequent handling; both from staff & visitors to the museum… eventually the dirt rots the feet, and/or admits termites. these things are doomed from the start. But they have given me sort of an insight into an accelerated view of period chest’s condition/history of use. This sort of setting shows you pretty clearly how things wear & tear. Similar to the post the carpenters did the other day about the house with the falling chimney. Here it is again in case you missed it: http://blogs.plimoth.org/rivenword/?p=341