I really should consider getting a wood stove. :p

]]>As you can see in the photo, the stretchers are assembled as a unit, then compound angled tenons are cut in the ends of each of the three pieces to join the legs. For this thing to work however,the stretchers twist so that the vertical center line is in the middle of the triangle formed by the intersection of the stretchers.

Where Chris made his tenons first, I made the mortises in the legs first, then the tenons. I came up with a clever way to get the exact length on the stretchers that worked on the first stool. On stool number two, I very carefully marked the distance and the angles.

The problem was that I marked the top distance on the bottom of the stretchers. Instead of transferring the mark up, I flipped the stretcher unit over. I then spent half a day cutting and fitting compound angled tenons that pointed in the opposite direction from what I needed.

The legs fit to the seat, and the stretcher unit fit the legs. But the entire thing wouldn’t (actually couldn’t) go together. Just one of those things . . .

Remade the three stretchers and fit them together and to the legs today. And the entire stool came together. The backwards twisted stretcher unit now hangs in my window, a little reminder about paying attention to details.

Bob Lang