Armor Box

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Project by Dave Smith posted 12-02-2013 07:54 PM 2160 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project first took hold when my cousin who’s involved in the SCA came over talking about wanting a box for all her armor. I threw out a few ideas , and told her I’d do some research on what period chests looked like.

I found this great place online showing all sorts of chests from the medieval time period she was looking for. I quickly realized that a period piece would be way too cumbersome for her to carry alone (I guess thats what serfs and squires were for back then).

About that time the historical theater group that I am involved in announced that we were going to be doing a Christmas play based on the traditional mythos of the Three Kings story. This would be told by the first Spanish explorers that were in Florida in the early 1400’s. We would be using a translation of a Lope de Vega play from the early 1500’s.

Since I am the set builder of the troupe , I set about finding the appropriate items to use as the three gifts. Gift one would be from an Apalachee Indian Princess, so that was a woven basket, easy to find. Gift two would be from a Moor on Columbus’ crew, So I found a pretty lantern to use for his present. And the last king would be one of the crew, and he’d have a box put together by the shipswright.

Thats when the two ideas (the play and the armor chest) came together and I ended up with the results shown.
I didn’t have time to build a lid for the box, nor could I justify the cost of the proper hinges needed to complete the look.

I used a Golden Pecan stain for the outside and a Cabernet stain for the inside. It all got 3 coats of stain inside and out to really bring out the richness of the color. Then I topped it off with a good coat of wax to protect it, and give a proper sheen.

It’s held together with square cut nails, and the handles are meant to look like hammered iron. The dimensions are 12”H x 17”W x 12”D.

I have my Sketchup design, and Draftsight .DWG files available if you are interested.

Below are the references for the chest design , and the hardware I used.


Medieval boxes/chests –

Hardware –,41306,41324&p=40387,49938&p=45052

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 09:24 PM

I know , I know .. ya’ll are thinking how rough it looks .. but that was the idea behind the prop, something that was worn and used. While its not a ‘fine’ piece of woodworking, it fullfills the purpose intended.



-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 12:56 AM

I like it! I made something similar for a firewood box next to the hearth. nice job!!

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 01:29 AM

My son and I were recently looking at a ammo box built in a simular fashion that he liked really well. I need to show him this one because I think he would like it better. Nice job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 03:21 AM

Simply cool top to bottom.


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#5 posted 12-03-2013 06:03 PM

I actually dig it! Truth be told I need a couple of end tables in my man cave. I may go off a similar design… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 04:45 PM

Thanks for all the kind words .. you all do such great jobs on your projects , I feel honored that you appreciate mine. :)

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 10:11 PM

Nice n stout to store anything ya like.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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