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Kaleb the Swede

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561 days ago

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Hi everyone. I am going to start making this corner cabinet thing (not sure what to call it) for my wife. She wants something in the corner of our bathroom. This was originally intended to be screwed to the wall but she and I were worried about the cedar wainscoting I had put up there. I was wondering if any of you have any ideas for small legs on this? Bear in mind this isn’t going to be up on the wall like the picture shows it; it’s going to be on the ground. It will have about 8 or 9 inches clearance from the floor. And it won’t have that bottom piece that is in the picture, just the seat. What design of legs would work? I don’t really want something that is straight, and it needs to hold this odd shape that will go up against two walls. I also don’t own a lathe so I will need to shape it by hand, or with my router. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 561 days ago

Sorry, but I think anything that tall and narrow is going to be unstable on legs.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 561 days ago

Its only going to be 3 sections. 27 inches high. Guess I should have specified that

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 561 days ago

If this is going to be free-standing, then I would doubt that the joinery would be strong enough to support even ONE shelf (loaded) much less two or three loaded shelves. I believe that is why you see this example as a wall mounted unit, IMO.

I love the design though. Very interesting.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Wdwerker

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#4 posted 561 days ago

Cleat hang it from just above the wainscot . I think it will be more stable in tension from above than legs below.
If you try legs use adjustable levelers so you can kind of lean it into the corner.
Maybe splayed 4 sided tapered legs with a 3” skirt between them.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 561 days ago

Thanks guys. I’m still in the planning phases yet so I’ll have to see. Any other comments would be a great help

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 561 days ago

I agree w/ HM. The shelves being cantilevered like that will have no strength w/o being attached to a wall. It is a neat design, but I really think for it to work it needs to be on a wall. I suggest you look at another design entirely if you want it to be free standing.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 561 days ago

How ‘bout if you either …
A: Use the bottom “seat” for a base…. OR
B: Make a 4-sided box for the base…

Then put 4 small rubber or plastic feet on the bottom.

It will then sit flat on the floor, and then just maybe a screw into a wall anchor hidden just under the top “seat” will give it just enough to hold it against the wall.

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Josh Magnificent

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#8 posted 560 days ago

I would say make it close to what the picture shows. Hang it from the wall which would be a neat effect with nothing touching the floor. Pre-drill the screw holes in the piece and transfer the holes onto the wainscoting. If you want to take it down in the future you can plug the holes fairly neatly if you’re careful. Being in a corner the plugs would be very unobtrusive I think.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you need a bigger hammer.

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MattADK

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#9 posted 560 days ago

Do you really want open shelves in a bathroom?

-- Matt

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Cosmicsniper

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#10 posted 560 days ago

It will work better as a freestanding unit if you mount a face frame on the leading edge. Instead of feet, I would make a pedestal, like a toe-kick on a cabinet, only all around the base.

Still, you should probably hang this thing instead…or rethink the design entirely.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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sixstring

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#11 posted 560 days ago

If it’s not being loaded down with books or other heavy items, just about anything will work for legs. Maybe a trip to the thrift store or flea market for some shabby chic kinda furniture with interesting leg pieces. Eames style metal ones would suit that funky design and can be found on eBay in varying sizes but that will cost… Wood-wise, maybe you can mimic the Eames aesthetic with dowels? Remember those toy construction kits with dowels and round pieces to connect them with? Something along those lines?

I agree it’s designed to be hung, but if only knick-knacks are going on it… why not?

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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BentheViking

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#12 posted 560 days ago

grab a spindle or two from your box store and cut them in half possibly?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Mark Kornell

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#13 posted 560 days ago

Hang it on cables from the ceiling…

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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