Building the Base

As shown in Figure 3, the base of the cabinet is an assembly of two mitered frames built from 2 x 4s. Note that the smaller frame on the bottom is made with the 2 x 4s standing on edge, and that the larger, upper frame is assembled with the 3-1/2-inch width placed horizontally. The top of the base extends 1 inch beyond the cabinet on the front and sides, and is flush with the cabinet in the back.

1. Rip a total of 5-112 feet of 2 x 4 pine to a width of 2 inches.

  1. Cut two lower base side pieces (G) from the ripped 2x4, each 10-1/2 inches long.
  2. With each lower base side piece (G) standing on edge, miter both ends at a 45-degree angle.
  3. Cut two lower base front/back pieces (H) from the ripped 2x4, each 22-1/2 inches long.
  4. Again, stand the pieces on edge, and miter both ends of each of the lower base front/back pieces (H) at a 45-degree angle.
  5. Assemble the two lower base front/back pieces (H) and the two lower base side pieces (G), matching the mitered corners, as shown in Figure 3. Glue and screw the corners together using two 2-1/2-inch-long screws in each corner.
  6. Cut two upper base front/back pieces (I) from full-width 2x4 pine, each 21-3/4 inches long.
  7. Setting each upper base front/back piece (I) on its face, miter both ends at a 45-degree angle as shown in Figure 3.
  8. Cut two upper base side pieces (I) from 2 x4 pine, each 11-1/2 inches long.
  9. Again, with each piece on its face, miter both ends of each upper base side piece (I) at a 45-degree angle as shown in Figure 3.
  10. Assemble the two upper base front/back pieces (I) and the two upper base side pieces (J), matching the mitered corners, as shown in Figure 3. Glue and screw the corners together using one 2-1/2-inch-long screw in each corner.
  11. An optional step at this point is to rout a decorative design on the outer edges of the assembled upper base. I routed the top outer edge, turned the base upside down, and routed the bottom outer edge with a matching cut.
  12. Place the assembled upper base on top of the lower base. The two base assemblies are flush at the back, and the upper base overhangs the lower base by 1 inch on the sides and front. Glue and screw the two base frames together. Screw through the upper base into the lower base using 2-1 /2-inch-long screws placed about every 4 inches. Countersink the screws.
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