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This is more than a desk on tall legs. In order for the project to fit well into today's homes, we improved on a century-old design when we built this walnut classic.
Strength... in many directions. That's the benefit of using a tenon shaped like a dovetail. The best thing about the joint is the mating parts are cut on a router table, with just one bit.
These frames start out as one piece of wood glued up from multiple parts. So there's fine detail without a lot of small pieces. It also makes them easier -- and safer -- to build.
A simple miter isn't simple. It demands accurate setups. Here are some tips we find helpful. Plus, a jig for quickly setting your miter gauge to cut at exactly 45°.
While building this stool we took a different approach to making the stair-stepped sides. But it's not the approach you might expect -- it actually wastes very little wood.
This jig, submitted by subscriber Harry DeFuria, allows you to quickly and accurately sharpen any lathe gauge.