|Forum topic by jaidee||posted 04-12-2012 08:03 PM||2757 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-12-2012 08:03 PM
First time posting in the forum so please go easy on me. I am building a kitchen island, country style, and am unsure if my thinking is sound on leg construction. Island consists of one 30 inch wide by 24 inch deep cabinet set on 4 inch high feet (open underneath) with 72 inch long by 26 inch wide countertop. Pretty basic but the 2 legs supporting the open end of the countertop are my concern. They are 3 inches square with a 1×3 stretcher mortised in with a through tenon. Then there’s a 1×3 stretcher from the cabinet to the stretcher between the legs, mortised in with through tenon.
I’m tried to upload a preliminary SketchUp I did (my 1st foray into the Sketch-up world), but not sure how to convert it to an accepted format here.
The island is going to be painted, made from MDO flat panels and Poplar/Maple frames.
My concern on the legs is stability with movement/warping over time if I use a solid piece milled down to size. Instead I’m thinking about laminating either (3) 1×3 pieces or (2) 1-1/2×3 pieces (finished size) and notching the mortise out prior to glue-up. I figure the additional work of laminating would be similar to the time it would take to cut and clean the mortise in a solid piece.
I’m also open to suggestions for tying the aprons and stretcher into the cabinet itself. I’d like this to be structurally sturdy and stable, and made to last. The last thing I want is to see it wrack itself apart in a couple years. I appreciate any help and insight you have to offer.
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