Re: [Revlist] Re: Crates, Chests and Boxes... oh my!! - And Markings.
- Peggy, if I recall from an earlier post, some of the extant examples had
bottoms that were let into a dado, and would have been much stronger. Kind of
depends what was going in the crate; lighter stuff could have gotten by with
bottoms just nailed on as in the plans. Heavier stuff would have required
letting the bottom into a groove cut into each side.
Just my 2 pence worth.
Regarding these BAR plans-
I asked my father-in-law, a cabinet-maker, to take a look, and his
question is this: Why did they go to the trouble to rabbet the side
panels, and then just nail the bottom on instead of setting it in? The
cargo was pretty heavy to take a chance like that. He thinks they must
have been smarter than that.
Does anyone know whether these plans are copying an original chest?
Any other comments on that detail?
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- Nails from Fort Stanwix.
I just wanted to follow up with a worthwhile resource for this topic.
âCasemates and Cannonballsâ has a section about nails recovered during
the archaeological investigations at Fort Stanwix.
âRose-head (fig 31a) Rose-head nails appear in all sizes but not all
specimens of this type have rounded heads; many were flat with only
short slopes near the edges.â p. 51.
[In other words - the term ârose-headâ is used in a sense similar to
Band-Aid, Coke or Kleenex, rather than precisely.]
Fig. 31 indeed shows a range of spikes and nails. Only a few examples
of the approximately 24,600 nails found are illustrated, of course.
A few examples are nails in the range of 1-5 / 8â to 2-1 / 8â These
tend to have tapered square shanks ending in a sharp point, and
flattened or just slightly domed heads.
There are some larger nails in the range of 4-1 / 4â to 4-1 / 2â, one
of which has something resembling a ârose-head'.
Several large spikes are illustrated also, 6 to 8â in length, as well
as a range of nails and staples for specialized applications.
See pages p. 51-55 for text, illustrations and considerable
It seems that the size range of 1-5 / 8â to 2-1 / 8â would be suitable
for light carpentry work, such as chests.
âCasemates and Cannonballsâ by the way is a very good and in my
opinion, very useful resource. Lots of findngs on personal items,
utensils, tools, ceramics and glass found at the fort.
Hanson, Lee, and Hsu, Dick Ping; âCasemates and Cannonballs,
Archaeological Investigations at Fort Stanwix National Park.â Inited
States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, USGPO,
Washington DC 1975.