Preparing the rails for the top

To allow the tabletop to move, the rails are fastened to it with screws rather than glue. Mark six screw holes along the top edges of the rails—three on each side of the recesses—and bore them on your drill press. Holding the rail upright on the machine table, drill a counterbored hole through the workpiece at each mark; use curved backup boards to help you steady the rail. Then turn the rail over and enlarge the bottom of each hole (left), using a '/4-inch diameter bit. This will facilitate wood movement. Do not drill too deep, however; for proper anchoring, a screw requires at least 1 inch of wood with a hole no larger than its shank.

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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