bases and feet on boxes, how do you do it?

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05-31-2010 12:00 PM

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Ok, while I am still recooperating and not really in the shop. I got thinking about boxes and how they are put together. While we see a lot of the finished boxes from the outside, we rarely see the base or feet. As i am really only learning about box making I was wondering what methods everyone is using to put thier bases and feet on and why use that method.
I know about just gluing -obviously! :-) and routering a groove for a base to locate into but is there any more?
And what about feet- I have noticed not many people put feet on thier boxes but if you do why and how are they loccated.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 12:32 PM

I like to rout feet into my box projects because they look a little better and have a better chance of not rooking on surfaces that never seem to be operfectly flat. Limiting the contact points to the corners (feet) lets the piece bridge
small variations in the surface. I have a story on the process I use to create the feet at the link below.

My Routing Feet story

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 12:47 PM

I use feet on a lot of my projects for the reasons Tom gave. They can really give balance to the appearance of some projects that need a “little something”. Some are separate pieces that I typically mount with glue and countersunk screws, some are shaped into a panel as one piece.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 03:01 PM

Some times I create a base for the box to sit in. I that case, I generally cut the faces of the base in a cloud lift pattern or a variation.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 03:15 PM

Theresa, feet and bases are entirely optional, of course. I use them to add to the overall visual effect of the piece. I’ve never really considered any thing other than glue for attaching them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 06:42 PM

It will depend on the size and style of box your making. A great book on joinery is

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 07:27 AM

Doug Stowe’s book Tauntons Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making is a must read. You can find it on Amazon.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 11:22 AM

Thanks heaps for the advice and links, looks as though I wil be doing a little reading!

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 06:19 PM

I’m with Jim. There are many ways to incorporate feet into a box just as there are many ways to join things. For example it can be mortise and tenon, miters with a flat piece glued in between the miter cuts, it can of course just be glued on or attached in so many ways. Think furniture construction in a mini format.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 01:49 AM

I use feet alot on my boxes! I recently sold a box that had rockers on the bottom like a rocking chair.
Feet can either pop a box or take away beauty. I found myself the other night taking a hammer and knocking the feet off a box and now it looks ten times better.
It all depends on the box and on the feet really.
I usually just use glue to attach them. No fancy joinery need really. All the weight is pushed down on the box and into the feet holding them in place and in my opinion less fragile. Especially with bracket feet

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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