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I think that probably the most intimidating part of building a stool is the fact that on most stools, the legs splay outward in two directions. Trying to figure out those angles and making sure you've got it right can give anyone headaches.
If you've got a Compound Miter saw, you can make the angles. You can! Just take the time to practise. I pulled out some scrap pine boards and used them to practise. It went a long way to improving my confidence. It's just a short stool, and I banged it together with brad nails. It's not meant to last, just to help you sort out the angles. However it also helps with figuring out the construction procedure, and gives you an idea of the look.
As well, pocket hole joinery simplified matters a great deal with construction. It's a simple and strong joint. Also, with some oak plugs, the joinery is hidden away and probably won't be noticed by most people.
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