I'm officially [again] a probationary member of a reenacting group that I'd begun joining as a college student. While I've found plenty of information on clothing [I did a stint as a costumer after all, and most of my friends sew], I'm coming up so short in the furniture department.
You know who loves to kit themselves out? Viking reenactors and the SCA. For the purposes of portraying the French and Indian War, I have to be a little more specific than hitting the entirety of the Dark Ages with the back of a broad sword.
You know who doesn't like to talk about kitting themselves out? Historical reenactors. What's up with that, guys and gals? Do we not use the internets? I know people sat down to eat in the 1750s. There's evidence of it. I draw your attention to extant furniture, woodblock prints, descriptions and paintings that people have based their pieces from. But there aren't pictures of modern people's camp and campaign furniture, or the plans to make it. Unless I just haven't discovered the correct combination of words to search for it under.
I was assured that this blanket chest [PDF link], also known as a 6 board chest, is fine, in fact, maybe a little too fine, for something being hauled out into the 'wild'. The best part about this chest is that I can make it with my chisels from Wood 2 plus the single pipe clamp I can find at present and the router I got for my birthday, as the chest itself does not need to be glued up. I will not have the fancy molding work because I don't have fancier tools other than the ones noted. Friends over at Popular Woodworking make assurances that again, I don't have to be so fru-fru, and also explain why the mechanics of this chest work. If you know anything about how to put a piece of wood furniture together, you know this chest shouldn't work. And yet it does.
Of course, I got part way through hand planning with a dull planer and said nuts on that and made a few phone calls.
What the article writer doesn't say, but you can pick up from the context clues in the pictures, is that he has a shop to die for, with all the thing-a-ma-jigs, hooshmados, and dinglehoppers to keep any person with more time on their hands than they know what to do with happy. I have one type of hand plane. One. And it's old. This article writer has about six different types of hand planes, and probably several sizes, depending on which one you are looking for. He's also working at an actual wood bench, not a few 2 by 4's bolted together with a piece of quarter inch thick chip ply laid across the top. Not that I'm complaining, but I'm saying that I'm not up to the calibre of this article writer's shop quality. I am saying that it can be done with a fixed base router, an antique hand plane, and an incomplete set of hand chisels. You can do this! Just make sure you also have a boat load of 3 1/2" and larger c clamps, and maybe more than one pipe clamp! Okay, if ther happens to be a mitre saw laying around also, don't say I didn't say it wasn't helpful [how's that for a triple negative?] and do know either a friend with a jointer and wide planer, or the number of someone who can do some mill work for you if all you have is one hand planer. Local cabinetmakers are usually the people to call, but they will charge.
And then one of the feet decided to sliver off when I was tapping the side into place with the box bottom. There are now two Kregg cover pegs and two 90 degree dowels pegged into the foot to keep it in place.