Feet

At this point the base is strong—but adding feet (E) extends the base and provides stability, see Figs. 5 and 6. (Design Note: To remove the sharp point from each foot, I cut off the top outside corner at 45°.)

STRETCHER

EDGING

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STRETCHER

FOOT

(MAKE FOUR)

FOOT

(MAKE FOUR)

OFFSET PIANO HINGES TO KEEP SCREWS FROM HITTING EACH OTHER

Next, pads (F) can be glued on the feet, see Fig. 5. These pads lift the base off the ground and allow the bench to sit squarely on an irregular floor.

To attach the feet, just glue and screw them from the inside, see Fig. 6. But make sure the legs are flush with the bottom of the feet — not the bottom of the pads. magnetic catches. There's one final problem with the base. The legs will swing open and shut as you carry it around. To prevent this, I mounted magnetic catches to the insides of the legs, see Fig. 7.

First, drill a 9/i6M hole and glue in the magnetic catch. Then, stick the strike plate on the magnet and press the leg against the stretcher, see Fig. 7a. This will leave a tiny mark for locating the strike plate.

Note: Sometimes it's easier when clamping a panel vertically to set it on dogs. If you want to do this, youH need to drill some holes in the stretcher, see box at right.

vertical dogs

STRIKE

NOTE: "An first, mount catch, then attach plate and press against stretcher late a.

STRIKE PLATE

catch leg

11IV

11IV

leave a tiny mark for locating the strike plate.

Note: Sometimes it's easier when clamping a panel vertically to set it on dogs. If you want to do this, youH need to drill some holes in the stretcher, see box at right.

To make it easier to hold vertical panels, holes can be drilled in the st retcher. Then, insert the bench dogs (used on the top), and set the panel on them.

a. NOTE: see page 15 for making bench dogs

FIRST: driu. counter-bore and shank hole

SECOND: cut v-groove and screw in place

•8x11/4" Fh woodscrew

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