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Use a sharp, 1" chisel to clean up the sides and square the corners

Stretcher mortises: Because the stretcher is a through mortise, you’ll want to work from both sides. Only drill halfway through from one side before rolling the piece over and drilling the rest of the way from the other. This will keep the drill bit from blowing out the exit side, making a splintery mess of things. After drilling, use the same procedure for chiseling, working from both sides to keep both faces intact.