Most plinths today are recessed, and in the best construction they should be made up as a separate unit. For maximum strength the front corners should be miter dovetailed, but a reliable alternative is to plain miter them and glue and screw through dovetailed corner brackets at the inside as shown. Note that the ends of the dovetails and the pins stand in slightly. Unless this is done they may stand proud eventually and prevent the bracket from bedding down closely. For cheaper work a large glue block is rubbed in. A center cross-rail is desirable for a job of any size and this can be slot-dovetailed. The back piece is lap-dovetailed.

  1. Loose plinth with mitered front corners strengthened with brackets.
  2. Plinth with mitered molding planted in top.
  3. Construction of bracket feet.

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