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How to make "Feet" from moulding

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 11-07-2011 11:29 PM 4564 reads 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever wanted to top off a project with some real nice feet to set them on?
This blog is probably for you.

Have you got a nice piece of moulding laying around. If so you can probably make a set of feet. If you want you can also use your router table to make your own like I did below.

I then cut it at 45’s like I was making a small picture frame.

Then hold the pieces as shown. (You can make wider feet if you want to.)

And use it to trace the outline. Then do the same for the other end.

Note: notice the large radius detail is down on both parts.

Then using a spacer under the narrow side of the part, use your scroll saw to cut them out.

You will end up with something like this.

When you hold them together you can see what they will look like.

I probably should have cut the rabbet while it was still one long piece, but I forgot.

Then add a corner block into the rabbet to finish things up. It will provide you a small area in the corner to attach it with a screw.

I made these for a project I will be posting soon to show you what they look like on a completed project so add this page to your favorites to see them in place. I will add the project today.

Here is the feet on my Chess Set.

And here’s the completed project:

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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#1 posted 11-07-2011 11:35 PM

Magic…

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 11:57 PM

That is awesome, I am going to use that process to make chess pieces.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 01:08 AM

Thanks for the tip!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 02:05 AM

Great tip Gary. Thanks

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 03:58 AM

Those are nice Gary. I’ve used the same method but with some “store bought” trim. You mentioned you used your router table, what bits did you use?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 04:40 AM

Brilliant idea. Thanks for posting.
Ang galing naman!

-- Bert

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 04:52 AM

devann – I don’t know what the bit is called. Just a multi-profile bit. You can take more passes with different bits to get just about any profile you want. You are just limited by the bits you have available.

I had some store bought that I was going to use but it was curly maple

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 11-08-2011 06:04 AM

It’s amazing how people can “see” objects from one piece into something entirely different. I’m going to have to try this trick on some of my boxes.

Thanks for sharing Gary.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#9 posted 11-08-2011 07:06 AM

Awesome Gary. Thanks for the tip!

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