Step 10: Aligning the deck to the frame

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I drilled the holes through the deck into the metal tabs that i had welded on the frame.  i figured it would look cleaner if the holes were aligned with the deck - rather than the frame.

To do this i started by clamping the frame to the table, and then clamping the deck to the frame.  I used an 1/8" drill as a pilot.   each time i drilled a hole i left the pilot drill in the hole to maintain the board alignment.  This is a nice trick if you have extra drill bits lying around.

The other approach would be to swap bits out, drill to 3/8" clearance and drop a bolt in.