Step 2: Drill pilot holes.

Tom Silva drilling a pilot hole in an artists' wood panel
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Place a piece of scrap wood under the panel to protect your work surface. For two of the panels, drill ¼-inch pilot holes through the marks you made in Step 1; these will accommodate the dowel screws. For the tabletop, which will be attached with deck screws, drill 3⁄32-inch pilot holes and countersink for the screwheads.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • locking pliers
      Locking pliers
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/4-inch drill bit
      1/4-inch drill bit
    • 3/32-inch drill bit
      3/32-inch drill bit
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    Artists' wood panels, by 12 by 16 inches Get three.

    Table legs, 6 to 8 inches long Get twelve.

    5/16-by-2½-inch wood-to-wood dowel screws Get eight.

    2½-inch deck screws Get four.
    ¼-inch wood dowel for plugs Get one 3-foot section.

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    220-grit sandpaper

    Primer and paint of your choice