It’s always a challenge to drill a hole in the end of a long dowel. When I need to do this, I turn to the handy little jig you see below. The jig is made from scrap plywood and 2×6 stock.
To use the jig, adjust the drill press table so the bit is aligned like you see in the detail. Then clamp the jig in place so the dowel is centered under the bit.
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