Step 4: Drill the Base
As we are using a 1/2" dowel, we need use a 1/2" drill bit.
I used my drill press so I knew all my holes would be at 90degrees. If you don't have a drill press, you can use a drill that has a built in level. I actually did that before I got my drill press, and it worked fine. Just make sure you drill at the center of the wood.
Also, I used some guides to create a jig on my drill press. Basically, I set the jig to center on the first base, and from then on, I just slid the wood into the jig and it was centered.
Do not drill all the way through the wood. As far as bits, I used a 1/2" spade. I would recommend the forstner, but I don't a set, yet (you listening Santa?)