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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Wooden kit chests.  Reply with quote

Hi reenactor buddies.
Young rifleman Smith (Josh) and I were discussing kit chests last weekend and I was planning on making some when my workshop is up and running but I wanted to find out what sort of thing people might be interested in and what sort of money they were willing to shell out for them.
I understand the farbism that comes with this but let's face it, a reenactors tent without some form of kit chest/box is a sad and messy affair so farbism aside what do we think?
They can be made to a specified size and ultimately the wallet dictates how Gucci they can be. Brass hinges, locks, inserts, dovetail construction or simple mitre, oak, beech, ash, chestnut, painted or waxed etc.
Do bear in mind this will be part of my business plan and not as a hobby as th mortgage won't pay itself.
Would anybody be interested?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep from me. I recall si love having plans for a period sgts chest, will check if he still has them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sarge! wrote:
Yep from me. I recall si love having plans for a period sgts chest, will check if he still has them.


Apparently it is huge. Would like to see these plans if you get hold of them.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The War of 1812 website mentions married men  in the 41st regt being allowed a box 3ft long by 18" wide (no height given). Boxes of the same size being allowed for sergeants. This is in garrison obviously.

36" x 18" x18" would seem a good size.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Waller wrote:
The War of 1812 website mentions married men  in the 41st regt being allowed a box 3ft long by 18" wide (no height given). Boxes of the same size being allowed for sergeants. This is in garrison obviously.

36" x 18" x18" would seem a good size.


Thanks John, that's good to know.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Standing Orders of the 1st 60th, dated 1829, is available on Google Books. Lots of references to what a good general Crauford was - perhaps trying to emulate his famous standing orders.

"On the March" - Article 1 (page 34) stipulates:

Ammo Chest: 3ft 2 1/2 ins length, 10 1/4 inches breadth, 9 1/4 ins depth
Store Chest : 4ft 11 ins length, 1ft 6ins breadth, 1ft 1ins depth
Arms Chest: As store chest
Pay Sjt's chest: 2ft 5ins long, 1ft 6ins breadth, 1ft 1ins depth

"Married man one box each as per Pay Sjt."

The article goes on to stipulate form of markings to be on the chests.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Kit box Reply with quote

I have plans and dimensions of a Sjts kit box
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Kit box Reply with quote

Paul Biggin wrote:
I have plans and dimensions of a Sjts kit box


Ah, Mr B. Are these plans in an email type format?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a set of plans I'll bring along with me at the weekend. How quick can you knock up some boats?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obadiah wrote:
I've got a set of plans I'll bring along with me at the weekend. How quick can you knock up some boats?

Dave


Thanks matey. Will we need to row into the Chilterns this weekend?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:24 pm    Post subject: Kit Box Reply with quote

Any photo's of your soldiers box?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Volunteer95,

In truth, your soldier of the Napoleonic ere wouldn't have a box/chest per se. His life he carries in his knapsack. As re-enactors, we tend to have one to hold and transport our kit to and from events, and to have in tent as a useful item to use as seat, store, table, etc.

Aside from barrack room specifics for pay-sjts and the like, in the 2/95th, these boxes tend to remain in our tent and so there is no exact kinds or sizes. You either knock one together to suit yourself or buy an antique looking one from ebay I guess.

My preference is at least big enough to get your cap, accoutrements, haversack, candles/lantern, bits of neccessities - and not so big as to put your back out getting it out of the boot of a car!

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