Drilling the spindle holes

Bore the holes for the seat spindles using your drill press and a shop-made jig. Mark a reference line on the top face of the seat parallel to the back edge and 1 inch away from it. Then mark the spindle holes, starting about 214 inches from the ends and spacing the remaining holes equally. To ensure that the spindles are tilted back at the correct angle, adjust a protractor to 10° and use the shop-made tilted table jig shown above to tilt the seat in relation to the bit. For the jig, set a piece of plywood on the machine table, place the seat blank on top, and slip a 2-by-2 under the plywood parallel with its back edge. Holding the protractor base on the seat and the blade next to the bit, reposition the 2-by-2 until the blade is parallel to the bit (above, left). Then screw the 2-by-2 to the plywood and clamp the jig to the machine table. To drill the holes, set the drilling depth at two-thirds the seat thickness, align the first mark under the bit, and clamp a board to the jig as a fence along the seat front's edge. Then, holding the seat against the fence, bore each hole (above, right).

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