Referring to the anatomy illustration on page 78, cut the rail that will connect the column to the tabletop, then bore a mortise in the center of the rail to accept the tenon you will turn at the top of the column; a 1-inch-diameter hole is typical. Bevel the ends and edges of the rail on your table saw. Attach an auxiliary fence and position the fence to the left of the blade for a '/«-inch cutting width. Raise the blade to its maximum setting, adjust the angle to about 75°, and clamp a guide block to the rail to ride along the top of the fence. Mark a line across the face of the rail slightly above the height of the blade as a reminder to keep your hands well above the blade. Feed the rail into the blade on end, keeping it flush against the fence and pushing it forward with the guide block. Repeat the cut at the other end of the rail (right). Then bevel the long edges by adjusting the blade angle to 45°. Sand the rail smooth.
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