Japanese Joinery – Build a Step Stool

Japanese Joinery – Build a Step Stool

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Watch as I build a step stool using Japanese joinery. This woodworking project is perfect for the beginner who is looking for a project with hand cut joinery.  

Using simple through tenon joinery highlighted by wedges, this timeless and functional piece of furniture was a woodworking project that I truly enjoyed building.

50 Comments

  1. Sandy K on August 3, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    This bench is gorgeous. This is what I want to build for my first mortise and tenon project. It may not be quite that fancy. What kind of wood is that? Looks like the dark pegs are walnut and the bench is white oak?

  2. Lars Rasmussen on August 3, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Good to see you again.
    Maybe it’s time to invest in a CNC machine ?

  3. Kenneth Stewart on August 3, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Beautiful!

  4. Wayne on August 3, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Can anyone tell me what timber was used in this project thanks……

  5. Adam Block on August 3, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Has anybody tried building this?
    I didn’t see plans on the website. What measurements did you use?

  6. Alberto Andrada on August 3, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    De lujo maestro muy bueno gracias por compartir que Díos te bendiga

  7. John Gibson on August 3, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I am curious about the direction of the wedges in the top tenons and how you avoid splitting the top along the grain.

  8. Edward Weber on August 3, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    You should not wedge parallel to the grain

  9. Keli Weisgerber on August 3, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I did it too. This is what I used Woodprix designs for

  10. Yang Ji on August 3, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Top is not removable. Stretcher is removable. What is the purpose of this design choice? Thanks.

  11. Beauregard Duquesne on August 3, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I don’t see no link for the 6 project plans, sir.
    How to obtain your project plan’s?

  12. Garry Dye on August 3, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    I think i would pay for jusr your material but not into the makers mob thing…to much of it is not in your style, which is what people like who watch you.

  13. Citizen Phaid on August 3, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Lmfao 🤣 Japanese Joinery and you use power tools and a western plane 🤦🏼‍♂️

  14. Robert Lemoine on August 3, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Jesse , Thankyou for sharing your thoughts and experiences.awesome program.

  15. Shanta Hsieh on August 3, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Woodglut plans are amazing!

  16. Arie Al-Amin on August 3, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Woww, an amazing video
    Yup, I also learnt woodworking lots and carpentry from

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  17. Robert Kerby on August 3, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Well done!

  18. Nadie Durán on August 3, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Problem is: if you have the machinery used to do this, then it means that you are a professional and therefore you don’t need a tutorial. What about a project that any hobbyist can attempt at home?

  19. Hitiel Hernández on August 3, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Excelente!!! Me declaro tu fan número uno. Tienes los planos o medidas del banquito ?

  20. Walker Orr on August 3, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    The way you combine hand tools and machine tools is awesome

  21. redramos on August 3, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Nice sir

  22. elad yihie on August 3, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    יפה פשוט יפה

  23. Mauron Delfald on August 3, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Naaaaa, cambiate el nombre, queda mal, por ejemplo, Samurai Verga te quedaria mejor, ya que no das ni para ninja…..👎👎👎

  24. عبدالرحمن أبو عمر on August 3, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    ممتاز جدا جدا أتمنى لك التوفيق والنجاح في عملك استمر واعطنا دروس في النجارة 👍👍👍👍🕋

  25. Ca Bo on August 3, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    💛

  26. חגי מזרחי on August 3, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Very good!!

  27. Dejavu666 wampas on August 3, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Great woodworking skills, but the best music to a woodworker is the sound of tools, not some annoying, repetitively inane music. Please, just tool sounds, please.

  28. Romelia Polly on August 3, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Find all the information you need on the Woodglut website.

  29. João Osenir on August 3, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Muito bem feito, parabéns. Fortaleza, Brasil.

  30. Agostinho Debeagá on August 3, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    I,m gonna try to make one for me. God helpe me.

  31. Filiberto Lopez on August 3, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Japanese dont use so many machinery .

  32. Максим Менский on August 3, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Молодец качественно и красиво!

  33. Romelia Polly on August 3, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    I used Stodoys instructions for this and I already did it 🙂

  34. Wood Slice on August 3, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    I cringe every time i see u do those tennons upright in table saw.

  35. Moises Robles on August 3, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    San Antonio’s smashing the like botton yahoooooooooo kaboooooooooooooom

  36. DavidSixSixFive on August 3, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Pegs and wedges look so much better than modern nails and screws.

  37. Neil Horsley on August 3, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Jesse, have just made a bench seat that needs sanding over then I can put it all together, it has the bench seat top with panel legs I partly noticed into top.
    Now the problem is I used one width of centre piece wood to hold the legs in place so the legs presently can flap about somewhat, do I need to get a wider underside board to correct this?
    Now at 6:40 mins that bar you got hold of is the bit done wrong, you have wedges pointing at each other while I have mine pointing towards me

  38. RealisticDrumming on August 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    video is cool, music is so brutal. would rather just head woodworking sounds.

  39. Martin M. Meiss on August 4, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Very nice stool, but one question: Why would you permanently wedge the legs to the top, but hold the stretcher between the legs with removable wedges?

  40. Asmadi Madi on August 4, 2022 at 12:02 am

    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 amazing.

  41. Keli Weisgerber on August 4, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Just go to Woodprix if you want to know how to do it yourself.

  42. greg randol on August 4, 2022 at 12:05 am

    I bought plans from Woodglut and did it very quickly.

  43. Andrew Johnson on August 4, 2022 at 12:05 am

    what router bit are you using at 6:13 to get the backwards angle? like a 17 degree angle or thereabouts?

  44. tactus tenebris on August 4, 2022 at 12:06 am

    shouldn’t the wedges be rotated 90 degrees so an overly exuberant woodworker doesn’t split the top?

  45. Michael Bannerman-Roberts on August 4, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Beautiful!
    No need for plans, you showed all.
    Had planned to make a hop-up a couple of days ago – glad I held off.
    Many thx. Will take a bit longer as I won’t be using electrics but I don’t mind.

  46. Richard Anderson on August 4, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Very nice work! You are very talented.

  47. enoc castro on August 4, 2022 at 12:08 am

    I love you tutorial and always learning thanks to you I suscribed greets from Costa Rica

  48. echt nice on August 4, 2022 at 12:12 am

    great! thank a lot for the beautiful piece and showing the technique to build it.(-:

  49. Lee Gibson on August 4, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Such a cool stool, thanks

  50. possumbly on August 4, 2022 at 12:12 am

    so cool 🤩

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