Step No. 1 Drill the 1-inch hole for the dowel rod. Place a “backer-board”, piece of scrap wood underneath the base to avoid “punching” through and accidently drilling into the bench top.
Step No. 2 Drill the second 1-inch hole for the "mouth" at a 45 degree angle, approximately 2-inches deep.
TIP: Start in vertical position and gradually lower drill until achieve 45-degree angle then continue until reach desired depth.
Step No. 3 Drill the 7/8 inch vertical hole, approximately 4-inches deep, until it intersects the 1-inch “mouth”.