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.