Shop Stool Mortises

Finally I have the opportunity to make progress on the stool. Taking the time to carefully lay out the angle and mortises, I begin to chop out the joints. There are two jigs that I am using to hold the correct angles shown in the picture.


I almost finished the last mortise on the first leg when I heard a crunch and felt the chisel drop. A groan rose into my throat as I thought that I had chiseled through the leg. However the wood split along the grain, something that I can hopefully repair with a little glue and clamps at the end of the day.


  1. June 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I know that sound and mushy feeling of the chisel all too well, so I feel your pain. This is one of the drawbacks to chopping mortises in the vise. I got in the habit of light cuts once I’m reach a certain depth. Still it happens to me once in a while. Especially when the grain is like in your example. It should glue up pretty well. If not, chalk it up to practice.


  2. June 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm


  3. June 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Been there as well! I went clean through with the chisel once. I was having so much fun chopping away. Now I consciously ease back on the hammer blows towards the end. It does look like those splits will glue nicely.

  4. June 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Good choice, I recently made a stool similar to this out of a Home Depot 2×4! Putting the mortises on the outer edge will let you miter the tenons inside for a bullet proof stool. Here’s a link to the blog I did on it if you want to see how I went about it:

    • June 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Wow, thanks John, I thought I kept up with your blog pretty well but must have overlooked this post.

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