Try veteran woodworker Ed Bernadou’s classic tip: It’s a V-Block made from a piece of 2×6 that’s great for drilling holes in round workpieces like dowels, pipes and furniture components. With a table saw or circular saw, saw a v-shaped channel 7/8-in. deep midway along the middle of a 2-1/2 ft. 2×6. (Make an even longer V-Block for extra support on longer workpieces.) Place the V-Block on the drill press table, and align the drill bit with the bottom of the v-channel. Clamp it to the table, then clamp the workpiece in the channel and drill the hole. You can also drill angled holes in chair legs—just place a shim under the workpiece on one end to create the desired angle, then clamp firmly and drill.
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