Making a Gout Stool – Part Two

Progress on the stool is woefully slow I’m afraid; I have too many fingers in too many pies at present. I did manage to cut the stool’s legs and frame parts to size and mark out the mortises and tenons etc., but that’s not worthy of a picture.

I have had the sorry task of restoring a few gout stools* and any repairs needed were predominantly to the raising mechanism (or “double horse” as Sheraton describes it [1]) being that they were in the region of 5/16″ to 3/8″ thick and therefore prone to damage at the hands of the maladroit. I am concerned that some troglodyte or unsupervised child will view the stool as a form of adjustable seating or play-thing and consequently annihilate it, so in order to give the stool a reasonable chance of surviving unrestored (by me, at any rate); I have decided to increase the thickness of the supports somewhat.

* Any furniture with a raising mechanism, along with Canterburies and open-fret Whatnots, music stands etc. are easily damaged and time consuming, thankless things to restore; they can absorb countless hours which isn’t always apparent to the Paying Enemy.

[1] “The top of this [drawing] table is made to rise by a double horse, that the designer may stand if he please, or he may sit, and have the top raised to any direction.”
Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-book, the third edition, revised, London, 1802, p.403.


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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