Step 14: Drill pilot holes in the feet

man drilling pilot holes in feet of poker table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Center the short face of a corbel on the post, flush with its bottom edge. Use a straightedge to mark a registration line on the bottom of the post and corbel. Apply wood glue to the corbel, and set it back in place. Using a pneumatic nail gun, shoot 1¼-inch nails through the edges of the corbel and into the post to help hold it in place. Using a drill/driver fitted with a -inch paddle bit, drill a 1-inch-deep countersink hole through the base of the corbel and angled toward the post. Angle the drill/driver upward at a steep angle to bore out the hole and create room for the head of the screw. Repeat to create a second countersink hole beside the first.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • drill
      Drill/driver, 3-inch hole saw bit, -inch pilot bit, combination countersink bit, and -inch paddle bit
    • staple gun
      Staple gun fitted with -inch staples
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps

    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch oak plywood to make the lid and table: Get one 4x8-foot sheet.

    2. Nose and cove oak molding to trim the lid. Get two 8-foot lengths.

    3. 1x2 oak to trim the table. Get four 8-foot lengths.

    4. 1x4 oak to make the table's apron and collar. Get two 8-foot boards.

    5. x6 oak to make the coasters. Get three 2-foot boards.

    6. ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to make the playing surface. Get one 4x4-foot half sheet.

    7. Newel post to make the stand. Get an oak post at least 30 inches tall.

    8. Corbels to make the feet. Get four @ 10 inches.9. Felt. Get a 4x4-foot piece to cover and wrap the edges of the playing surface.

    10. Spray adhesive to attach the felt to the playing surface.

    11. -inch brad nails

    12. 1-inch brad nails

    13. 1¼-inch brad nails

    14. 2-inch deck screws

    15. 6-inch timber screws to attach the corbels to the newel post. Get eight.

    16. Wood glue

    17. 150- and 220-grit sandpaper