Re: Crates, Chests and Boxes... oh my!! - And Markings.
> Wow, Steve, that is a beautiful example. Thanks for that and for alldesign
> your helpful input on my question. Love the story about Mr. Gracie.
> John's point is well taken; I guess it might be ok to vary the
> slightly to make the bottom stronger, (even though I don't plan toI've held back commenting on this, mainly because I don't want to
> pack the thing with liquor)
go looking up the documentation. However Grimke, in his orderly
book, goes into detail on how to build an ammunition chest, the
dimensions and such. One part that he emphasizes is that the sides
should be nailed to the bottom, and not the other way around. This
way the bottom won't come off when carrying heavy weight.
If any of you see me at an event selling books, the ammo crates
that my books are in are based upon those boxes.
2nd North Carolina Regiment http://www.2nc.org/
The Carolina Brigade http://www.carolinabrigade.org/
Author of "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter" and Francis Marion's
Available at http://bluehousetavern.com/
- 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.