Before gluing up the stool, assemble it to check the fit of all the joints. Stand one of the side pieces on end, then align a tread with it. Press the joint together by hand as far as it will go (right), then use a mallet to tap the tread the rest of the way into place. The boards should fit snugly, requiring only a light tapping,- avoid using excessive force. If any joint is clearly too tight, mark the spot where it binds, then disassemble the boards and use a chisel to pare away a little more wood. Testfit the joint again and adjust it further, as necessary.
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