by Fritz

An oak field bed

July 16, 2014 in Furniture by Fritz

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Here’s a bed I finished last year. Just realized I didn’t have any pictures of it up yet.

It is white oak with ash slats. It is intended to be used with an air mattress, so the spacing between slats is fairly large. With a thinner mattress, I’d probably use thin plywood to lay over the slats. I do have mixed feelings about that, but it is a very effective way of filling in the gaps.

This one is a full, but could easily be reproduced in any size.

Runs about $1500 plus shipping at Full size.

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Dovetailed Clothing trunk

December 14, 2013 in Furniture by Fritz

I just finished my first dovetailed clothing chest. It is based on the 15th and 16th century ones I saw in Munich, but is much smaller to make it easier to travel with. It has two tills for keeping small items from getting lost in the bottom. The lids of the tills double as props for the lid of the trunk. It’s made of some walnut boards I got in trade a while back.

Unfortunately, museums don’t let you turn their pieces upside down or open them up, much less take them apart. So, I’m not 100% certain on a few of the construction details. I’ve constructed this as much like the originals as I could figure out and I’ll be keeping a close eye on how it does over the next campaign season.

This one is a birthday present for my lovely lady, but there will be more in the future.

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by Fritz

16th Century Folding Table

March 11, 2013 in Furniture by Fritz

Here is a table I recently finished. I based it on a 16th century original  in the V&A museum in London. The original is made from walnut and is heavily inlaid. Mine is made from white oak and has light carving enhanced with a monochrome (black) pigment added under the oil finish.

The original has chains hold the base at a particular height. Since hand forged chains would have added a lot to the cost and commercially available chains are just too modern looking I chose to use webbing straps instead.