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I would make them with M&T's for the seat to the legs, and M&T's for the stretchers to the legs. For a stool 35", high is actually an inch short of standard stool height of 36" for a bar height of 42".

If your joinery fits well, the stool should be sturdy. The design will permit movements from side to side with weight on the seat fairly well. Because of the stock size of the legs, and what little room there is for a sizeable tenon from the stretchers, there may be some axial movement. That is twisting induced through the legs from someone turning on the seat.

I would use a hardwood, like Oak or Walnut and try to keep the stock for the legs and stretchers large enough, while still maintaining that look.

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