Shaker step stool part 6: Completed pieces + screws and plugs

We finished assembling the pieces and all that was left to do was screw in the screws, make the plugs that hide the screw heads and glue them in. After the glue on the plugs dried my students used a chisel and carefully pared the excess wood. Using a chisel instead of a flash-cut saw was a good opportunity to let them acknowledge the importance of leading the chisel with the grain. Even though they used the "bevel down" technique this was not always enough to prevent some tear out … unless they turned the chisel around and found the right spot to pare the protruding plug with the grain.

And here are my students' finished pieces…

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.