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Lay out the holes for the pins through the mortises (but not the tenons yet). For the feet and beams these should be centered 1½" from the mortised edge. For the stretchers they should be on center.

Use a ½" bit to drill all the mortise pin holes. Again, using a drill press is highly recommended. Drill slowly to minimize splintering on the exit.

NOTE: I’m using dowels for this project, but if you want to take it further, you can square the holes with a chisel and make square pins instead.

It’s time to fit the joints. Since each will have a slightly different fit, be sure to mark each one for its corresponding part. I usually mark letters on the tenons and on the edge of the mortise in places that will be covered once they’re assembled.