Captain's Table

Mark Austen

Now cut and fix the battens for the top. All the edge battens overhang the edge of the plywood by the width of the batten (22mm) and the two longer battens overhang the edges as well.
You do not need to do this, but if you are going to the trouble of making the box in the first place to look a bit authentic, then it seems a little odd not to finish off the top appropriately.

Once the glue has dried and reached full strength you can use the box. I took a curved router to the inside edges of the battens and my partner then painted the box.

Here is a picture of another box that is 14" x 14" x 24" for our Cobb BBQ/Charcoal Oven. This is obviously not 15th Century, hence the need to hide it away and the box has been glued together rather than being take-down box so that it is a permanent storage for the Cobb. The 6 side panels are painted with simple black and white medieval cooking scenes and I will be making two medieval metal hinges to fix the top. The scenes are taken from various medieval documents and painted onto the panels.