(NOTE: Maile armour is often called chainmail, which is not the best term for it. Chainmail is a name that was coined by Sir Walter Raleigh around the end of the 16 th. century. Chainmail is not an historically accurate term and despite the name of this document, it will not be used here.)
There are a number of great references on the internet about the construction of maile armour The best of these, in my opinion, is by Palmer, which is accessible through my links page. I don't use Palmer's method though. It requires a previously closed ring to be opened and closed again. This seems like a waste of time to me. On other things, I feel his information is exemplary. Because Palmer's information is so thorough, I won't go deeply into the wide variety of options available for the apprentice armourer.