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Drilling angled holes

I am building a stick rack for a locker room. The mission to drill 50 angled holes to accept 25- 3/8 aluminum rod. Any ideas to figure this out are helpful. I have a small table top drill press I use. The tray I'm building has a 3/4" maple back 4" high and a front 3 1/4" high. I have the holes all marked and punched, now the hard part to figure the angle of the holes. I drew a small diagram. Hope it helps.
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If the box is not assembled, the holes through each end piece are at a fairly small angle. Make a sloped "bed" to clamp to your drill press table that matches that angle. Line the end board hole marks under the drill bit and drill away.

This sloped surface can be a simple board with a stick under one edge of it. Take time to find the angle. Take time to match it closely when you "build" the sloped bed.
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most drill presses (even cheap counter top ones) have an angle adjustment


The angle you need by my calculation is 3.15 roughly

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most drill presses (even cheap counter top ones) have an angle adjustment


The angle you need by my calculation is 3.15 roughly
Exactly. Nothing could be easier.

However, if you have already assembled the piece that is another story.

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Pieces are UN-assembled at this time. I knew it was easier to do the drilling. BUT the angles had me stumped unless I built a dummy set up. Just looking for thoughts and ideas.
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I would make a jig as suggested for use on the DP table. I think it would be easier to support the piece that way instead of tilting the DP table.






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