Step 5: Assembly
We'll do so by reattaching the table leg to the base with a screw. At this point, leave only one screw in the base.
Then carefully drill dowel holes into your table leg so that you can attach the top. (see photos).
Before adding your dowels, you'll want to position the table top onto your table leg, and with a pencil, trace where the table leg will attach to your table top. You'll need to measure where your dowel holes are and transfer the mark onto the bottom of your table top. (see photo). Once you are sure you have measured correctly, you can drill holes into the table top base for the other end of your dowels. Be sure not to drill through your table top!
Once the holes are drilled, add wood glue and insert your pre-made dowels into the table leg. (see photo). Then add some wood glue to the dowels and position the table top in place.
Now use your level and see if your table top is attached evenly. If you need to make any adjustments, you'll find it easier to do at the base. Simply remove the screw and remove some material from the table leg and continue checking until your table sits level.
Once you are satisfied that your table is perfectly level, you can add additional screws to ensure your table leg is secured to the base.