A sly joint for a 17th-century stool
Synopsis: Alasdair G. B. Wallace made joynt stools using fox wedges, which expand the tenon within the mortise. The stools are traditionally made with green wood, which he didn’t have, so he substituted this old method. Fox wedging is similar to through-wedged tenons, though it uses blind mortises and the wedges must be driven into the tenon by the bottom of the mortise. He includes basic guidelines and assembly information along with drawings and photos that clearly illustrate how the joint works.
A request to copy a pair of 17th-century joynt stools in brown oak offered a welcome change and challenge for me. My customer had admired a pair of 19th-century reproduction stools in an antique shop, but found the price beyond her means and equally beyond the realm of reason. Though English brown oak costs three to four times as much as domestic red oak, a quick calculation…