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    Video Project Series: Wedged Tenon Joinery


    Learn How to Build a Step Stool

    Build a Step StoolIn our last video project, we focused on a beautiful Shaker nightstand meant to hone your tool skills as part of our Getting Started in Woodworking series. This time around, we're back with a new Video Project series that will take your skills to the next level. 

    In this five-part series, Fine Woodworking senior editor Tom McKenna takes you step-by-step through the entire process of building a step stool that boasts exposed mortise-and-tenon joinery, template-routed sides, and beautiful walnut wood with contrasting wedges in its tenons that really give this design an added kick.

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    Now Playing: Wedged Tenon Joinery

    In the latest episode of our step stool project, Tom McKenna uses wedged tenons for the joinery that holds the center stretcher and top in place. By using a lighter-colored wood species for the wedges, you can achieve some beautiful contrast in your exposed joinery. The wedges are cut on the bandsaw using a simple jig, and fit into saw kerfs cut into each of the tenons.

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    Now Playing: Introduction
    Now Playing: Milling and Mortising
    Now Playing: Pattern Routing
    Now Playing: Tablesawn Tenons
    Now Playing: Prepare for Wedges
    Coming October 20: Assembly and Glue-Up