I saw a neat lamp the other day and I'm in the process of making a similar one. The design is very simple but one portion of it is causing me mental grief. Picture the lamp as a tall rectangular structure broken into 5 flat square horizontal pieces and 16 vertical pieces. A flat piece is on the bottom as the base, four of the vertical pieces stand at the four corners of the flat piece. I was thinking of connecting the horizontal piece to the vertical pieces with small dowels running up into the end of the vertical pieces. The remainder of the lamp structure is repetition (another flat horizontal piece on the top of the first four vertical pieces. The next four vertical pieces on top of the second horizontal piece and so on ...). If I attach things as I've described, I need to bore very accurate holes in the ends of all the vertical pieces along with matching holes in the corners of the horizontal pieces. I've got a drill press, which may be the best solution, but mine is one of the older versions with no lasers to verify my exact position. I clamped a test piece to the drill press table and thought I had it centered and completely perpendicular to the table, but it was too far off from center and from the hole being perpendicular to the end.
Can I get some comments as to each of your "best" or preferred course of action to handle this type work. The vertical pieces are about 3/4" x 3/4" x 12" and the dowel size I've got in my design is 1/4".
Thanks in advance,