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    Chest for n°4 T

    Hello everybody,
    I would like to try my hand at the realization (replica of a case, for n ° 4 T) someone can tell me with which wood they were made? Thanks in advance to those who will answer!!!
    Cheers linpao


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    Aren't they plywood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurtonP View Post
    Aren't they plywood?


    I think mine is Pine.
    Mine are not the best, but they are not too bad. I can think of lots of Enfields I'd rather have but instead of constantly striving for more, sometimes it's good to be satisfied with what one has...

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    Mine is pine as well

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    I couldn't speak with authority on all the woods that might or might not have been used for making transit chests from time to time, but all the ones I've seen have been pine.

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    The chests are pine with hardwood inserts.
    The correct way for the sides is two pieces joined by a biscuit.
    Insides are sometimes maple and other hard woods from the local area.
    The Canadian HCF chests will have different materials inside due to the area they were made and what was available locally.
    My 99 year father in law worked for HCF that made the chests in Canadaicon before going overseas in WW 2
    HCF also made the cheek pieces for the No.4(T) and some samples I picked up in the area are pine.
    Last edited by Warren; 04-15-2021 at 10:18 AM.

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    Would love to see a photo of a pine cheekpiece example Warren; never seen nor heard of them made from this wood. Birch, ash & beech, & walnut for UKicon & Canadianicon production, respectively, is all that I have personally encountered to date. Were they stained?

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    Thank you guys, the pine has knots, and in an original that I have I don't see knots (typical of pine), I will look for what I find among birch, ash, beech or walnut. Let's see the timber merchant what he has available, thanks again. linpao
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    I think the plans state the carcase been made of "Deal" Knot free pine. with the inserts made in Beech (or other authorised hard wood),
    Modern pine is quick grown with all the knots that it brings, old pitch pine flooring could be a source of knot free pine ( old army folding tables are also a good source)
    Rodger, were original cheek pieces ever produced in Walnut? I have been told they never were (I know reproductions are now been made in Walnut)

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    Hi skiprat. I've never seen Britishicon cheekpieces in walnut, but if not all, most Canadianicon cheekpieces are. There are also a few minor variations in shape both in UK produced & Canadian 'pieces over their production history.

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