Since deciding to “work with” the cabinet, adjustments had to be made. It was a deeper cabinet, had a face-frame, and a solid deck/base with only a decorative front molding.
~I pried off that decorative front molding to discover about a 2″ rail underneath, which was just enough to work with, so I cut off the sides to match.
~I beveled the bottom edge using a chamfer bit in the router, which made a clean and simple “eased” design to meet the new feet.
~I used some scrap 2×8′s to make 4 corner blocks. The over-sized, thick cuts more than filled the corners and let my salvaged ball and claw feet sit flush and well secured. The blocks were glued and nailed in place.
Above, you see the feet I decided to use. (Salvaged off a thrift store desk, THIS is the 1st project I used them in–8 total, I only have 2 left now.)
To get them placed right and accurately, I used an old template trick.
Using what was on hand, I grabbed some worn out sandpaper,
I took advantage of its holes and cut the size and shape of the foot,
then positioned my template on the blocks one at a time
marking where I needed to drill! So easy–no guess work!
Next, I used a step drill bit to create the pilot holes to screw in my feet. Since this is SO much easier explained “in person-live,” I’ll do my best here. . .
I wanted the feet to screw in tight. Using a standard drill bit just a little smaller than the threading of the feet would have been fine, but would become loose in time.
Using my step drill bit from the right size down, 5/16ths, created 3 sizes to screw into–
my biggest and proper size where I began to screw the threading of the foot in, working progressively smaller -and tighter- as it met the smaller drilled area/hole.
I only drilled up to the 5/16ths measure (the 3rd smallest diameter) for my threaded feet. I added a link above, and again HERE to a page that sells these bits so you could see the wide variety of step bits out there for just as many tasks! I have and use about 5–
*The big box stores and hardware stores all sell these, but probably in the most commonly used styles and sizes. I’ll try to share some other projects, ways, and reasons you’ll want to use these things down the road!
beveling/chamfering the bottom edge of the cabinet EASED the contour of the design to the feet!
The devil’s in the details~right?
I started to play with hardware (since the doors are going back on)—I was excited to finally get to use this FABulous pair of handles I found flea marketing so looooong ago! I know you can’t see them fully, but they’re ♥incroyable!♥