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It is possible to design a cabinet or chest of drawers without legs at all. However, in traditional cabinetry, the legs are actually part of the structure. If you study traditional furniture, you will see that these legs have a specific purpose. They typically go from the floor to the top of the piece in each of the 4 corners. The legs are load bearing, and ...


The main reason is that woodworking of old days, Joinery was more of an art than a mechanised given. The structure was designed to accommodate for wood settling and fluctuating due to weather conditions (humidity etc) ... Basically, the most stable structure was one, where the weight rested on the four points which were the most stable (the legs or balls) ...


Blindly following what went before. Because people buying furniture don't think a box right on the floor is "furniture". Ratchet Freak is quite right as well... I suppose at some point in the past it kept them off the mud and dank of the dirt or stone floor, and thus had a functional purpose, largely long-lost. I rather like the Shaker solution of putting ...


Swinging inch thick wood is liable to trap cat tails. The cat will not enjoy having its tail pinched. I use multiple layers of cloth, say 3 for an inch thick gap, for an effective, cat friendly airlock. Tack or staple in place. Oh yes, you can weight the bottom of the cloth so as to ensure it always hangs properly.


I would suggest that to make it hinge in a workable manner whilst at the same time not detract from the looks on the outside of the cabinet that you cut the wood like this. (This is an on edge view)


If there is such a hinge it would leave a big gap and the door might be too heavy for your cat to comfortably go through it. I looked into this myself and decided it would be best to just use a cat flap like this one. http://store.petsafe.net/2-way-locking-cat-door Alternately you can do something similar like round over the top of your wood and use 2 ...


After staining give a coat of clear finish, sanding it with a fine sandpaper (400G) to remove any raised grain or any dust that may have settled onto the drying finish. This will give you a good base to add your paint and the sanded surface will give it good adhesion. Steel wool has its purpose, but I would not use it here. That's only my opinion. My ...

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