A Maple WoodBox with a Sliding Lid
Everyone needs a box if they have anything they care about to be stored. Boxes were bought or made with basic woodworking tools. Small boxes were used in kitchen to store spices. When used in other places ranged in size from small to large. A slide box is not a highly secure box style because there is no locking mechanism, so it would and could be further stored inside a hinged chest that can be locked.
This type of box has no hinges. No metal meant this box could be made by a sailor at sea with few woodworking tools or by a person of limited means. It is good for home storage in a kitchen for spices, or for a deck of cards and a set of dice.
There is proof of sliding lid style boxes and dove tail joint chests and boxes in Tudor times and on the Mary Rose
There was a large tree that we were cutting up for firewood; it was a Maple with Spalting .
Hand tools used for woodworking have mostly stayed the same from what I have learned from Master Avery and Master Gerald and the St Thomas Guild. It is well documented in illuminations what tools were used because Jesus’ father was a carpenter, and as such, illuminations in Bibles to that effect abound. The Mary Rose Carpenters Chest contained the wooden remains of most all of the tools I used.
From my conversations about boxes with master woodworkers, I have learned that the dove tail joint has been used throughout the medieval times in different areas but not directly in Britain. They did, however, trade with the areas that did use them. Dove tails are still the mark of a well-made piece of furniture today. No less than two of the chests found on the Mary Rose had dove tails.