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Alric

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Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« on: May 19, 2009, 06:19:22 pm »
My goal this summer is to have nothing mundane visible in my camp. A part of this project that I just finished is a replica of the Mästermyr chest, to pack my garb in. The chest is Swedish from about 1000 AD, and was found filled with a bunch of Viking tools.

Here are some websites with info on the chest:
http://www.angelfire.com/wy/svenskildbiter/Viking/vikchest.html#Figure%204.
http://www.netlabs.net/~osan/Mastermyr/
http://codesmiths.com/shed/boxes/norse/
http://www.greydragon.org/trips/stockholm/index3.html

And here's a picture of the original chest:



I'm new to woodworking, but all the cuts lined up pretty well. The bottom is attached to the ends with a mortise and tenon joint, the whole box is glued together, and some of the seams are reinforced with wooden pegs (glued in place). No nails in the chest anywhere.

It stands a little more than an inch off the ground, so it will stay dry if the ground in my tent gets flooded. It's about 30" long, 10" high, and 9" wide at the base, tapering toward the top.

The hinges on the lid aren't period, and are fastened on with modern screws. I hope eventually to replace them with period hinges, when I manage to make a set that I like the looks of. The wood is just cheap pine.
« Last Edit: May 19, 2009, 06:33:34 pm by Alric »
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 06:47:48 pm »
Looks Good!

The wood is just cheap pine.

that's all they would have had Alric, Pine's, Fir, maybe even some alder or Ash  or maybe on the outside walnut, but even then, the rare woods were reserved for the rich...

As a woodworker for the last 10 yrs I applaud you on taking up a new skill!!!

Trust me, real wood cabinetry is a dying art, keep it up! It will serve you well :)

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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 06:49:11 pm »
very nice, i love your dedication to this stuff.
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 06:56:05 pm »
Well done!  I've been looking at trying something like this for a while, but haven't had the chance yet.  Are you planning to seal it?
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 09:39:28 pm »
Alric, you are an inspiration to me, and the rest of my unit. Kudos on this fabulous work
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2009, 11:50:28 pm »
<3 A.  10 pts. :)
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009, 11:54:24 pm »
Oh, and I think HE sells period-style chest fittings?  Hinges, handles, etc?

But yeah, I just can't stop thinking how awesome this is.
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2009, 01:05:16 am »
Historic Enterprises has a few hinges, but not the right style for this chest. What I want would look something like these:

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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2009, 02:41:25 am »
beautiful. You and sirilay are inspiration incarnate.
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009, 05:32:13 am »
Hinges like you posted should not be hard to make with a basic grinder and iron bar stock.  For this you might want to go to a serious metal supplier instead of Lowe's/Home Depot for some better stock.  Also, even though he doesn't list it Ragnar (http://www.ragweedforge.com/) might be up to making something like that...definitely in his area of interest.

Nice job on the chest.


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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009, 08:21:53 am »
Check out Van Dyke's.  They specialize in home restoration, but may have something similar to what you are looking for.
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009, 09:29:41 am »
My goal this summer is to have nothing mundane visible in my camp.

I hate you Alric so much.

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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2009, 04:54:52 pm »
When I grow up, I'm gonna be just like Alric!
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2009, 06:19:16 pm »
Nice work Alric.

My goal this summer is to have nothing mundane visible in my camp.

....aw crap.. while your portion of camp will look period, my part of Drentha camp will have a mundane tent. I wish I had the time to work on equipment besides weapons and garb.
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2009, 10:26:05 pm »
It takes time, Yoth! No worries. We're planning to circle up the period tents with the people in modern tents off to the side, so we can all still hang out round the fire together. Gonna test this at Dogs, see how it works out. ;D
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2009, 04:53:00 am »
I am so glad that I visit this discussion I got some information that  I really need.,


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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2009, 05:01:47 am »
Alric, everytime I think I'm starting to have great garb/gear/camp,etc you go and one up me and everyone else.

Please stop

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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2009, 04:07:30 pm »
This thread (and chest) is Sirilay approved!

Yay for woodworking. I would like to see it something other than pine, but understand due to price and weight for transportation that such is not always available.

Still, I've just been procrastinating on Text Twist for the past hour. Your thread has made deterred me enough to continue with my projects. Keep on keeping on!
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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2009, 07:23:24 pm »
My goal this summer is to have nothing mundane visible in my camp.

Alric, you are braver man than myself. I 100% commend your decision for this. I would love to accomplish this myself one day. Can't wait to see your camp!!

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Re: Mästermyr (Viking) Chest
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2009, 10:11:51 am »
Awesome work,
but now my list of things i have to do to beat you is even longer, darn.
but I will do it! it will just take more time and money then i have.


thats really awesome, I'm going to have to visit your camp at some point to see all of this cool stuff.
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« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2009, 03:55:13 pm »
Maybe next year, Seosamh - odds are slim that I'll make it to Rag this year, and if I do I'll arriving really late in the week and packing light.
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« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2009, 06:51:02 pm »
darn
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