After gluing the chest’s base, I selected poplar scraps to make cleats. The cleats will be used to fasten the chest’s case to the base and the cleats to the base. The photo below shows the strips of poplar for these cleats. I pre-drilled holes that would fasten the cleat to the base and then holes from underneath that would hold the chest to the base.
I used yellow glue with screws to fasten these cleats flush to the top of the base. I also used scrap pieces of the wormy maple to reinforce the feet corners in the base.
I initially was going to use poplar to make the bottom panel for the chest. However, I discovered that I had enough wormy maple to make ship-lap bottom boards. I went with the wormy maple. I figure a screw on each end of each board will allow the wood to move with the seasons. I pre-drilled and countersunk those holes.
The photographs below give close up views of the ship-lap bottom and the base.
I will use one of the shims to space the ship-lap bottom boards before I screw them to the bottom of the case.
-- --- Happy Howie