Spindle Holes

Before shaping the back half, I laid out a series of holes along the blank for the spindles. But I didn't mark the position of these holes on the workpiece right away — I started with a template instead. That way the template can be used again later for a couple other operations.

layout template. First, rip the template to match the width of the area that will be flat along the back of the seat (2 V2"), refer to Fig. la. Note: The template is cut shorter than the seat blank — it's the finished length of the back of the seat (53"), see Fig. 2.

Then mark the position of the spindle holes on the template and drill a series of holes at each mark, see Fig. 2a. (The holes should match the diameter of a scratch awl.)

Next, place the template on the workpiece and use the scratch awl to mark the locations of the holes for the back spindles.

angled wedge. For comfort while sitting, the back spindles are installed at a slight angle. And to drill the holes for all the spindles at the same angle, I wanted to use the drill press. But there was a problem — the drill press table doesn't tilt in the right direction (front-to-back).

So instead, I bevel-ripped a wedge to the desired angle, see Figs. 3 and 3a. Then this wedge can be used to support the workpiece on the drill press, see Figs. 4 and box below.

Now the holes can be drilled for the spindles, see box below.

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