My repair job came together without a hitch. I cleaned up a small amount of glue squeeze out and then touched up the pins so the tails fit. I then turned my attention to the last two pieces of this build, the cross pieces located at the bottom and front of the lower step and the bottom and back of the upper step. After a few quick passes with my plane the board was the required thickness and ready to be ripped in two. I’ve learned that this sort of situation is where my saw bench really shines.
The hold fasts really secure the board to the bench and allow me to fully focus on sawing in a straight line. Since I started hand tool woodworking almost a year ago, I’ve been teaching myself, and learning, how to saw with my left hand. Everything else I do, I am right handed though. I made this switch because I am left eye dominate and I have struggled all my life trying to saw with my right hand. I couldn’t saw a straight line to save my life. It didn’t matter if it was a panel saw or a circular saw, it was ugly and crooked. But not any more! I’m not perfect, but I’m way better than before. And the process was not near as difficult as you might think. It came very naturally and I am a lot more confident in my sawing capabilities.
This one foot rip cut took less than 3 minutes. I then made the cross pieces six sided square and laid out the half tail on each end of each board in anticipation of cutting them tomorrow evening or Sat AM.