Stretcher

When the legs are complete, cut the stretcher (C) to size, see Fig. 2.1 also added edging (D) to the top of the stretcher.

EDGING

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CHAMFER TOP EDGE

AFTER ATTACHING

EDGING SEE DETAIL b

CHAMFER TOP EDGE

AFTER ATTACHING

EDGING SEE DETAIL b

A cut-out in the top of the stretcher becomes a handle for carrying the base, see Fig. 2a. And I also cut a section out of the bottom of the stretcher, see Fig. 2b.

Shop Note: To make the handle easier on the hands, I softened the edges with a chamfer bit in the router. Why not use a round-over? I've found rounding over the edges of plywood tends to create splinters.

piano hinges. A sturdy base wasn't hard to design, but it had to be portable too. To allow the base to fold flat (see photo on page 6), each leg is attached to the stretcher with a piano hinge. This solved the problem without sacrificing rigidity.

To mount the hinges, screw them down flush with the edges of the stretcher, see Figs. 3 and 3a. (Offset the hinges so the screws don't hit each other.)

assembly. Now assemble the base by clamping two legs together, and center the stretcher on the joint line, see Fig. 4. Then drill pilot holes and screw down the hinges.

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