A Foolproof Method for Gluing Up a Three-Legged Stool

We’ve come to the big moment in building our Tage Frid-inspired three-legged stool — putting it all together. All the parts are shaped and sanded to 150 grit. The wedges are ready. The challenging part of this process is that you have to glue up the legs, stretchers and seat all in one go and most of this glue-up happens upside down (the stool, not you!). Bring it on! woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

wedges for stoolCherry wedges sized for the large and small tenons for the stool woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

Have a look at my post on doing worry-free glue-ups for some tips on how to make the process go smoothly. Go ahead and glue up the seat, seat extension and back in advance. Once you’ve done that, use a random orbit sander and sanding blocks to clean up the dovetails and the transition between the seat extension and the seat. It’s easier to sand the seat before gluing up the rest of the stool. woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

Gluing up the seat

Slide the tenon in the seat extension into the mortise in the seat. woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

gluing back to seat

Clamp the back to the seat with an angled block to accommodate the angled dovetails. woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

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