The mortises in the rear legs for the back rails and stretchers must be angled down by 2° to compensate for the slight splaying out of the back legs. Set one of the legs upright in a bench vise, making sure it is vertical. Use a protractor to adjust a sliding bevel to 92°. Wrap a strip of masking tape around the bit to mark the drilling depth—about two-thirds the leg diameter. To help you hold the drill at the correct angle as you bore the hole, tape the handle of the sliding bevel to the leg and keep the bit parallel to the blade of the tool. Stop drilling once the depth flag contacts the stock. Repeat the process to drill the remaining holes in both legs (left), repositioning the leg in the vise and the sliding bevel on the leg as necessary.
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