Stretchers Add Strength
Tall cabinet stands need help down below
In Strong Tenons in Skinny Legs (FWW #236), I illustrated my techniques for maximizing mortise-and-tenon joinery in narrow legs. Two cabinets featured there incorporate a stretcher assembly that adds visual interest to the lower part of the stand and balances the composition. But it also serves a vital structural purpose. The tall, slender legs are vulnerable to forces at the bottom, but the stretcher system keeps the legs from moving and compromising the joinery above.