design help with legs on piesafe/pantry

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Forum topic by jdh122 posted 01-13-2013 09:08 PM 927 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2013 09:08 PM

I’ve been working for quite a while now on this large pantry-ish piece (I’d call it a pie safe, except that the doors are frame-and-panel wood rather than tin with holes). I decided to build the carcase out of four solid pieces, yellow birch for the sides and white pine for the top and bottom that don’t get seen. The pieces are joined by dovetails (see picture of the bottom – the scerws are there to attach the sliders for the drawers and are not structural).
I’m looking for advise on choosing and attaching legs. The lines of the piece are pretty undecorated (as you can see, although there will be crown molding on the top) so I’d kind of like to put simple tapered straight legs in the four corners, about 8 inches high. But I can’t figure out how to attach them. Any ideas?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 09:56 PM

Maybe build a table with 8” legs the same dimension as the pantry and set the pantry on top of it and secure it from pantry floor to table top.

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 01:21 AM

I see 2 options. One, make a base like a table skirt and legs or two, make a plinth.

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 08:47 PM

Thanks for the advice. I guess I should have made the legs integral to the design, but I’ll come up with something, possible simple double legs in the corners, mitered with a block behind them – a variation on the plinth, just without the pieces being joined in a whole base.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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