First, let me apologize for a small snafu. I thought I published the last episode on my blog while I was away on vacation, but it turns out I just published it out to iTunes, not the blog. So, if you ordinarily watch or download the videos directly from here, you may actually be seeing two posts go up on the same day (lucky you). Now on to the newest episode:
It's time to start working on the joinery for the step stool. The trick with this part of the project is that there are only four points of contact that hold the entire piece together, but there are also some wood movement issues to contend with. The solution to both problems is wedged through tenons that seat in grooves cut into the sides. The tenons will hold the joint tight, while the grooves will provide the stability for the steps and also allow them to expand and contract seasonally. The entire process ended up being fairly involved, so I've split the joinery into at least two episodes. This one focuses on the grooves, and next I'll tackle the tenons and mating through mortises.
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