A Sturdy Footstool
Simple jigs ensure that angled joints come together without a hitch
Synopsis: Find challenging lessons in joinery and hand-tool work in this weekend project perfect for woodworkers of all skill levels. Building this attractive footstool involves cutting 10 wedged, angled through-tenons, giving you the confidence to add this fussy joint to your repertoire. End up with a sturdy footstool that is guaranteed to be a favorite in your home.
That top shelf is always just inches out of your reach. If you were a couple of inches taller, you would not have to trudge to the garage for that shaky, paint-spattered stepladder. At a time like this, wouldn’t a neat little footstool be the perfect answer, tall enough to give the needed boost but small enough to tuck underneath a desk or in a corner? Small stools are also a favorite with kids, helping them do things on their own, from sneaking cookies to brushing teeth.
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