You can use pocket holes with screws as an alternative to wood buttons for attaching a tabletop to the side and end rails. The holes are drilled at an angle, and a pocket-hole jig (left, top), shop-built from %-inch plywood, makes simple work of boring the holes on your drill press. For the jig, screw the two sides of the cradle together to form an L. Then cut a 90° wedge from each support bracket so that the wide side of the cradle will sit at an angle of about 15° from the vertical. Screw the brackets to the jig base and glue the cradle to the brackets.

To use the jig, seat a rail in the cradle with the side that will be drilled facing up. Drill the holes in two steps with two different bits: Use a Forstner bit twice the diameter of the screw heads for the entrance holes and a brad-point bit slightly larger than the diameter of the screw shanks for the exit holes. (The larger brad-point bit allows for wood expansion and contraction.)

To begin the process, install the brad-point bit and, with the drill press off, lower the bit with the feed lever, then position the jig and workpiece to center the bottom edge of the workpiece on the bit (inset). Clamp the jig to the table and replace the brad-point bit with the Forstner bit.

Feed the bit slowly to drill the holes just deep enough to recess the screw heads. Then, install the brad-point bit and bore through the workpiece to complete the pocket holes (left, bottom).

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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