Step 2: Drill Recesses in the Spindles

a 5/8-inch paddle bit wrapped with painter's tape as a depth marker
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Make a ¾-inch recess in the center of both ends of eight spindles using a -inch paddle bit wrapped with painter's tape as a depth marker. For remaining spindles, make a ¾-inch recess in one end and use a -inch bit to drill a pilot hole in the other end.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • brad nailer
      pneumatic nail gun
    • drill
      drill/driver fitted with -inch paddle bit and 1/8-inch drill bit

    Shopping List

    1x12 plank shelves Get five 6-foot shelves.

    1x4 Get an 8-foot board.

    1x2 Get an 8-foot board.

    2x2 turned spindles Get 16.

    crown molding Get 10 feet.

    -inch dowel Get 3 feet.½-inch painter's tape

    1-inch finishing nails

    1½-inch finishing nails

    3-inch deck screws

    wood glue