The joinery for these flat, shaped stretchers commonly comprises simple lap, or halved joints, however, one also encounters bridle joints (fig. 1).
Fig. 1. The pine stretcher components.
After putting the stretcher together, it was veneered on top, inside and out; on all four sides with the exception of the outside back edge (fig. 2).
Fig. 2. The stretcher assembled and crossbanded.
With holes bored through the stretcher and also into the underside of the stand’s carcase, the legs, stretcher, feet, abaci and carcase were glued and assembled (fig. 3).
Fig.3. The completed stand.
Fig. 4. The bare chest-on-stand.