Plinths in traditional work were always projecting, as distinct from recessed, the term itself meaning the lowermost square-shaped projecting part of a base or column from the Greek phiallos, a brick. So-called recessed plinths are a comparatively recent development, occasioned no doubt by the necessity of evolving a base which did not require precision fitting in quantity work; moreover, such plinths are not so easily damaged and give toe room in tall cupboards and wardrobes. In the best work both types are made separately from the carcass and attached to the base with buttons, glue blocks, table plates or by pocket screwing. For accurate work the carcass should be made and assembled first, and the carcass base used as a guide for laying out the plinth.
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