These chests are inspired by a 1,000 year old Viking chest found in Sweden called the Mästermyr chest. The original was used to carry long-handled woodworking tools like axes and mauls, so it was long and thin. John altered the dimensions a bit and made the boxes shorter and taller to create an interior space that’s more practical in today’s world, but the original feel and design remains true.
The chests slope out at the bottom to give them a stable, rooted look. The lids are scooped out on the inside for lightness and grace. This design lasted 100 years buried in a swamp in Sweden. It will last your lifetime and many more.
The body of each chest is made from locally-milled red oak, with a figured black ash lid. The corners are dovetailed and pegged, and the bottom is held in with floating through tenons so it can safely shift with changes in humidity.
John made two chests, of slightly different dimensions.
Model 1: Base: 22″ x 13.5″ | Top: 22″ x 11.75″ | Height: 12 “
Model 2: Base: 22″ x 14.5″ | Top: 22″ 13″ | Height 11.25″