Preparing the crest rail for the spindles

Cut the crest rail to size, then mark the spindle holes on its bottom edge, using the holes you drilled in the seat as a guide. Clamp a piece of plywood as an auxiliary table to your drill press, install a brad-point bit, and adjust the drilling depth to about 1 inch. Align the first hole mark under the bit and clamp a board to the auxiliary table flush against the face of the rail. This will serve as a fence to position the rail. Butting the rail against the fence, drill the holes (right).

Auxiliary table

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