Drilling the holes in the support straps

Strike the strap with a center punch 1 inch from each end. This will dimple the surface, providing a starting point for your drill. Next, fit a %-inch bit into your drill press. Clamp a piece of scrap wood to the machine table as a backup board, then position the strap with the mark you just made centered under the bit. Place a second piece of wood on top of the strap to prevent the drill bit from lifting the strap as the bit is retracted from the hole. Bore the hole (left). Repeat at the other end and for the three other straps.

2 Drilling holes for the bushings

Mark out holes for %-inch-diameter threaded bushings on the side rails and on the legs of the bench. This hardware will protect the wood from wear by the bolts that will secure the support straps to the frame and the piece of furniture. On the stand, locate each hole 1% inches from the top edge and 2lA inches from the outside edge. On the bench legs, the holes should be centered in the middle of the legs, 1 inch from the bottom. If you are adapting the stand to fit another piece of furniture, make sure that the ends of the metal straps are mounted a couple of inches closer together on the furniture than on the glider frame. This will improve the gliding motion. Drill holes for the bushings with a spade bit. Bore three-quarters of the way through each hole (right), then complete the hole from the other side. Make sure the holes are square with the face of the frame.

3 Installing the bushings

Add threaded bushings by twisting them finger tight (left), then finish tightening them with a screwdriver or a coin. If the bushing begins to enter the hole askew, remove it and enlarge the hole slightly with a rat-tail file. When it is installed, the bushing should rest slightly proud of the surface of the wood.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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