Adding the Base

The armoire is supported by a 2 x 8 base that is reinforced by blocks at all four corners. The blocks are cut and attached to the armoire first.

  1. Cut four corner blocks (00) from 2x8 pine, each 6 inches square.
  2. Position them flush with the outermost corners of the bottom of the armoire. Then, using glue and 3-1/2-inch-long screws, screw through the blocks into the 2x2 horizontal supports and the 1x4 trim pieces at the bottom of the armoire, as shown in Figure 16.
  3. Cut two front/back base pieces (PP) from the 2x8 pine, each 52-1/2 inches long.
  4. Stand each front/back base piece (PP) on edge, and miter both ends at a 45-degree angle. Glue and screw the mitered base pieces (PP) in place, overlapping the bottom of the armoire by 1 inch. Screw them securely to the bottom of the armoire and to the corner blocks using 3-1/2-inch-long screws.
  5. Cut two side base pieges (QQ) from 2x8 pine, each 26-1/4 inches long.
  6. Standing the side base pieces (QQ) on edge, miter each end at a 45-degree angle. Glue and screw the side base pieces (QQ) in place, overlapping the bottom of the armoire by 1 inch and matching the miters on the front/back base pieces (PP). Screw them securely to the bottom of the armoire and to the corner blocks (00). Again use 3-1/2-inch-long screws to screw into the corner blocks (OO).
  7. Using 3-1/2-inch-long screws, attach the front/back base pieces (PP) to each side base piece (QQ) at the four corners. Insert two screws on each side of all four corners.
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