Watch this video to view the leg construction and track my progress on the face frame. I like legs that are cut in two planes on a tall case like Dr. White’s chest. This gives the legs a more fully formed look. I used a wider lower rail with a mortise and tenon joint at the base of the face frame rather than a narrow piece with a dovetail joint. Our vacuum floor attachment will still reach under the face of the case to suck up dust balls!
The sides of the original Dr. White’s chest are solid to the floor with the leg profile cut only in the front. I took this approach on my seven-drawer dresser. While I like the look on that case, I found that my wood floor is uneven in that spot. Shimming the case level would be simpler with only four contact points. It boils down to personal taste.
View of the front right leg. NOTE: I made the leg cuts, both curved and straight, with a Bosch jig saw.
Completed Leg Reinforcement
Watch this video to see the completed leg reinforcement. Moving can be very tough on a large case piece. It’s wise to reinforce each leg with a backer block. I made mine from 8/4 stock and trimmed it to a 45 degree angle so the block wouldn’t be visible.
An alternative means of forming the leg in the front involves gluing a strip of wood directly to the inside edge of the stile. If you’ve got plenty of wood, the stile could start out full width and trim off the 65” of excess above the foot. The mortise would then be cut into that strip.
This photo shows the alternative approach used on a wardrobe I built in 1990. I’m not sure which approach I like better…
In the next blog entry, we’ll explore how to make case trim.
-- Mark, Florida