PART I A LEG UP - adding legs to furniture

A very popular question I get asked about is the legs I add to many of my furniture pieces.
So I thought I would share some project photos and information
to show how dramatic and fun it can be.

I'm not going to suggest it's simple or easy.
Most every piece needs to be altered in some way to accept a set of legs.
On this particular dresser I had to add an apron around the exterior and bracing between the legs.

Measuring, cutting, gluing, clamping and screwing are all needed
when altering or adding to vintage furniture.

The set of solid wood legs used on this dresser came from a MDF topped coffee table.

Here are some more bedside tables I've added legs to.

I generally only use 2 fancy legs on the front and stock lumber legs
on the back. Below you can see the 4 solid oak legs used on this set above.
This was the bottom of a strange open box cabinet thing I found at a yard sale.

Here is another dresser that originally sat flat on the floor before I added the legs.
The legs used were purchased new at Windsor Plywood locally to me.
The bottom of this black chest needed to be re-enforced with some more framing
before I could safely add the new feet.

Getting any ideas yet?

More ideas available on Part II found here


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.

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