Turn the legs on your lathe (page 28), tapering them to a diameter of inch at the top and % inch at the bottom. Also turn the stretchers into cylinders, forming a tenon (page 29) at each end. To ensure that the stretcher holes in the legs will be at the correct angle, drill them with the seat face-down on a work surface and the legs dry-fitted in their holes in the seat. Install a spade bit in an electric drill and wrap a strip of masking tape around the bit to mark the drilling depth— about one-half the diameter of the leg. Also mark a point halfway up each leg (see the anatomy on page 48). Then holding the leg in its hole and the bit parallel to the seat surface, drill the hole at the mark, stopping when the masking tape contacts the stock (right).
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