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I made a three leg stool at the 2019 PEP1 event!  I used a chunk of fir for the seat and some junk pole pieces for the legs.  Drilled the 1" holes with a hand auger bit, shaved the legs on the shave horse with a draw knife.  I forgot to take the progress pic in the middle of building it but I still snapped one before putting the final leg in.
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Heya got a little stool finished. Excited to try this again and angle the legs more, sand the top, and make sure the legs are more uniform. But very much enjoyed the practice!
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Starting materials
Starting materials
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Holes drilled in seat
Holes drilled in seat
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Shaving the feet
Shaving the feet
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Completed stool
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If we wanted to reinforce the legs with a brace between each leg, would it be best to drill a hole through each leg and insert dried wood through, then soak the wood pegs so they swell in place as in old wood peg construction? I live in a house from 1860 and it's got oodles of those wood pegs joining timber together in the attic. I think even a bomb wouldn't knock those suckers apart.
 
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I suspect you'd be even better off if you baked the braces in an oven or solar oven until they were really dry.  Then fit them very snug in the legs.  Then they should swell up a bit and become tight.  I think...
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