Make a Joint Stool from a Tree



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Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery

By Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee

From forest to finish, Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee unravel the history and process of 17th century furniture making. They combine several decades of historical research with careful examination of surviving period furniture, and endless workshop experimentation to create this accessible historical guide.

The authors use a project, the joint stool, as a foil to tell the history of 17th century furniture design. They take you into the forest to find an oak, split it into bolts and turn those into a joint stool. You will learn about selecting the correct tools, processing green oak, joinery, moldings, turning, drawboring, and finishing. With the skills you've earned by building your own stool, you'll be ready to enter the wider world of 17th century tables, chests, and even chairs.

Lost Art Press, 2012. Hardcover, 128 pages. Printed and bound in the USA.