I am designing and building a 48" x 36" x 18" chest of drawers -- no
biggie. This time I'm using 4/4 hard maple for the sides, top, and
drawers. I have a 2" face frame and a 1/4" plywood back. Instead of
legs, decorative moulding will sit flush with the floor along the
bottom 3 edges (the two sides and the bottom rails, which are 4", are
what will support the unit).
Question: How should I design the bottom of the carcase? That is,
does something additional have to hold the 2 sides and 2 bottom rails
together to solidify the structure? A sheet of ply would be nice, but
I'm concerned about the differences in expansion. Could go solid, but
is this overkill? In either of those cases, the solid panel would be
off the floor a few inches.
Any ideas? What is typical? (here come 1000 different versions of