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#1 posted 01-14-2017 04:59 PM

Here’s what I would do.
Lay out center marks all around the scrap. These will help with alignment later on.

Take you best shot at drilling your first hole in a piece of scrap 2x lumber. Stick a piece of 3/4 dowel in the hole and check how you did. Now you have options. If you hit plumb all around, you can use the this as a starter guide for the rest of your holes.
If you didn’t hit plumb either try again or consider another option. Some WWs like the dog holes tilted a bit toward the vise. If you want to go this route, mark the test hole where the tilt is towards the vise and use the guide to start the rest of your holes.

The guide works because once the bit gets into the top at the proper angle, it will continue to follow that angle.

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