Step 3: Make the leg slots

Make the leg slots
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Clamp one of the leg pieces to the table. Using a drill/driver fitted with a ¼-inch bit, drill two holes at the inner corners of the slot marks—these will allow you to turn the jigsaw blade. Using a jigsaw, cut the slot (be sure to stop the saw before turning the blade), keeping your blade on the inside of the line. Cut the slot on the other leg in 
the same manner.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • framing square
      Framing square or ruler
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 3/32- and ¼-inch drill bits
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      2-inch paintbrush
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors

    Shopping List

    1. 3-foot piece of 1x12 oak or maple

    2. 1-inch finish screws

    3. 60-grit sandpaper

    4. 120-grit sandpaper

    5. Stainable wood glue 6. Stainable wood putty

    7. Water-based stain or latex paint

    8. Nonskid tape

    9. Nail-on furniture glides