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Jacob

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Mystery box somebody asked me to clean off the lid as they wanted it for a blanket chest, which I duly did

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But it's an odd one and I thought this might be recognisable to somebody into industrial archaeology.

It's quite hefty with boards all 1" ish.
Boards a random selection of different pine, pitch pine and one piece definitely douglas fir
The lip around the lid poplar
Lid designed to stay open vertically past dead centre with bevels
No handles or signs thereof, no feet, suggests it was made to stay in one place
Smells of creosote - totally unsuited as a blanket chest!
Has odd half dovetails - a proper machine "box" joint in that both pieces are cut the same, unlike normal dovetails. This joint would stop the sides coming away sideways but would be loosened if the box was lifted - which it is not designed for. Also a very "industrial" joint designed for simple machining and easy fit

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Inside it looks unworn but there are screw holes as though it had fixtures under the lid, on the sides and the bottom perhaps to hold other things, and there's a mystery design scribed under the lid

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It obviously hasn't been moved around a lot and I guess it was a permanent fixture against a machine of some sort, holding accessories perhaps. Found in Buxton so could be from a cotton mill?
A sturdy lock fitted.

Maybe a familiar sight to someone - any ideas?
 
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Jacob

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Lovely wood.
Well good quality, but left over odds and ends I thought. Not chosen for appearance - the basic colour scheme is creosote! Just one of the top boards was douglas fir, which I wouldn't have guessed until I'd planed it clean
 
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