Step 5: Attach dowel screws to four legs.

attaching dowel screws to four table legs
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Twist dowel screws into the tops and bottoms of the four legs that you'll use for the middle tier. Tighten them by hand at first, then use locking pliers to turn them until they're sunk about halfway into the legs, with the unthreaded portion of the screws exposed.
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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