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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:00 am 
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Not something we generally give much thought to, but even 1,000 years ago woodworkers needed a toolbox. This is a old Viking box, just recently discovered and opened. :)

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The archaeologists are still studying the heavily rusted objects, but they've already identified several sophisticated hand tools and other metal items, including a set of "spoon drills" that were used to make holes in timber; what looks like a pair of tweezers or small pliers; a "clink nail" used to fasten wooden planks together; four carefully crafted chain links attached to an iron ring; and a drawplate to make metal wires that may have been used in jewelry.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/12/ ... tress.html

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 Post subject: Re: 1000 yo tool box
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I was at the "Tut" exhibit at the Philadelphia art museum some years back. They had a partially decomposed wooden container and as plain as day you could see mortise and tenon joinery. What goes around comes around!

Interesting post Gene, thanks.

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I was at the "Tut" exhibit at the Philadelphia art museum some years back. They had a partially decomposed wooden container and as plain as day you could see mortise and tenon joinery. What goes around comes around!

Interesting post Gene, thanks.


I disagree with one statement they made. I think the drawplate in that collection was used for making wood dowels and not for drawing wire. We know that even well into the 1800's dowels were far more likely to be used for fasteners than expensive hand made nails.

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My Father in Laws house in Chester County PA (circa 1830) has a lot of dowels in the attic framing. Held up pretty good............the 24" stone walls help too. :wink:

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That picture looks like my tool box only mine is full of sawdust instead of rust. Although, mine has some rust in it too. :lol:

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Hmmmm Nothing a little WD 40 and some paste wax wont fix


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Thanks a lot Gene!

I just spent 4 hours reading about viking "ring forts".

I think it's fantastic that this box was found "in situ".
Really will allow for all kinds of new found knowledge.

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DMoening wrote:
Thanks a lot Gene!

I just spent 4 hours reading about viking "ring forts".

I think it's fantastic that this box was found "in situ".
Really will allow for all kinds of new found knowledge.


Unfortunately, unless you're in the field, we never hear about the follow up to discoveries about this kind of thing. It can take years before it all gets sorted out, and then often ends up in some museum basement or private collection. :roll:

Like this antique pair of Chinese doors I have that very few people know about. Not because they're a big secret, but just that most folks aren't interested. But I still enjoy sitting and examining the exquisite detail in the carvings. :)

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