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The addition of a couple of stools makes the table more inviting. The nice thing about these matching stools is that the construction is almost identical to the table itself.

MORTISE AND TENON JOINTS, just like the table, the place to begin is with the legs. You'll notice that in this case, the legs are only IV2"-square instead of a full 2" like the table legs. Proportionally, this works out better for the shorter stools.

As before, you'll want to begin by cutting the mortises in the legs. Then you can turn your attention to the tenons on the apron pieces.

ADD TH£ RAILS. When you get to the lower section of the base, you'll see a key difference. The end rails and center stretcher of the table have been replaced by narrower rails and spindles as shown in the drawing above. These differences are for practicality and appearance. The lower spindles with tiieir rounded edges give your feet a comfortable resting spot while sitting.

THE TOPS. Like the table, the stool tops are glued up from narrow strips. I used the same techniques to assemble and flatten them as I did for the table top. And they're attached to the base with z-fasten-ers, just like the table.

The only other detail in the stool tops is the slight round over I added around all four edges. Since you'll be sitting on these, I think it helps make them a little more comfortable if the edge is softened.

A few coats of paint and a tough, clear finish on the tops, and you're done. I'm willing, to bet you won't have any trouble finding a good spot for this handy little table and stools in your home. EB

Materials, Supplies & Cutting Diagram

1'x 5"- 72" Poplar (2 boards @ 3.1 Bd. Ft.)

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