ADDING LEGS TO A BUFFET - building up the frame work






I imagined these heavy duty set of carved legs added to this cabinet, just like the picture. I even had the perfect set sitting in a crate in my back room. First I would need to see how the original cabinet was built. While working it outside in the warmth of the summer's sun I took several photos to show how the frame needed to be built and what I did to install a set of legs.  










Most of the time I have to pull out all my wood working
skills and sometimes even the swear jar to get some legs
install on furniture. As I tipped the cabinet up I start to freak 
but expecting to find water damage or MDF underneath
but once I laid her down on her back it was like a choir 
singing and the sun parting the clouds in the sky 
She was perfect and in great shape!

There was a solid frame of wood on three sides (pic #1), all I 
had to do was add another piece across the back (pic #2)
This would strengthen the entire cabinet and serve as the 
platform the legs would be installed on. 


With a solid frame on all four sides I could now screwed the
 wood legs onto each corner using 3 inch long screws, four 
per leg. You can see the heads of all four screws in the photo
 below.


Adding legs to a small nightstand is one thing but lifting a 
large cabinet onto legs needs to be taken seriously and done 
right. In the future this cabinet could hold expensive items
 like a TV or heavy dishes and no one wants there to be an 
accident because the alterations weren't strong enough.
 The legs I used were solid wood and came from a
living room side table that had a damaged top.
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BEFORE                   AFTER


Another small addition that had an impact on the shape of 
the new buffet was an applique I used along the bottom front. 





To read about how I add legs click here: 

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