Preparing the legs for the rockers

Once the legs are dry, mark holes for the screws that will fasten the legs to the rockers; locate a hole on each leg about 1 inch from the bottom end. Cut a V-shaped wedge out of a wood block, creating a jig that will hold the legs as you bore the holes. Clamp the jig to your drill press table so the bottom of the V is centered under the bit. Then place the leg in the jig and align the marked point with the bit. Holding the leg with one hand, bore a countersunk hole three-quarters of the way through the stock (above, left). Then outline a notch on the bottom end of each leg perpendicular to the hole, making its width equal to the thickness of the rockers and its height about one-half the rocker height. Cut the sides of the notches on your band saw, then remove the waste between the kerfs, shaving away the wood in thin layers with a chisel. Clamp a stop block in place with an arc cut out of one face to steady the workpiece (above, right).

Stop block

Wood pad

Stop block

Wood pad

V-block jig

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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