Design and construction

The relationship between architectural decoration and furniture was important, so it is evident that there would be some use of the same

Figure 1.4 Chest types

(a) Solid hewn or dugout chest (up to the fifteenth century). These were made from a solid baulk of timber from which the interior had been bored out or dug out with an adze, axe or chisel. The unhewn end walls varied in thickness but were prone to shakes and splits that radiated from the pith of the log. The timber was often reinforced with multiple iron straps. (b) Clamped front chest (thirteenth to seventeenth century). These were constructed from planks rather than hewn from solid baulks of timber. 'Clamp' refers to the boards that form part of the front and rear of the chest and extend past the base of the chest to act as feet. (c) Ark type chest (thirteenth to eighteenth century). These were a variation of the clamped front form that were usually, though not exclusively, used for storage of grain or bread. The lid was not originally hinged or fixed to the base. This allowed the lid to be removed and used as a kneading trough or hand barrow. (d) Six plank or boarded chest (through the Middle Ages and up to the nineteenth century). These were made from thick planks of wood, usually oak, that were pegged or nailed together and often reinforced with iron strapwork. The grain of the front and back planks ran horizontally. The sides were often extended in length to form feet and as a result the grain ran vertically. This method of construction restrains the movement of the timber in service and as a result splits in the front and back panels are common. (e) Framed and panelled chest (from the sixteenth century onwards). The panels are fitted (not glued) into grooves in the (mortise and tenoned) frame components. Movement in service of the panels is unrestricted and therefore the panels do not split. Frame and panel construction produced chests that were strong and comparatively lightweight motifs. For example the shallow geometric carving that is found on much medieval furniture is clearly taken from the stonemason's tradition.

In the early part of this period, furniture-making was a branch of carpentry. This was because there was no demand, in England, for a separate trade of cabinetmaker, because the nature of house building and furnishing allowed for the carpenter, and later the joiner, to manage all the work required. Indeed, the relation between the building and its furnishing was often close. Some furniture was dependent upon the wall and bedsteads were often part of the wall. Other receptacles were formed by building doors over recesses in the wall thickness. The construction of chests, stools and trestles all came within the remit of the carpenter. Boards were pegged to each other, and chests and boxes were bound with iron bands to try to minimize the effects of warping. Chests were sometimes made with internal vertical stiles that formed feet as well as a frame. Although uncommon, a crude dovetail joint was known in chest construction. Examples of chest construction are shown in Figure 1.4.

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