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I am trying to figure out dimensions for an 18W x 24L x 30-33H kitchen cart.

In an effort to make efficient use of wood and $, I thought I would laminate 3/4 oak for 1 1/2" legs rather than three of them for a thicker leg.

i am looking for feedback with regard to the scale of the leg size vs. top size and appropriate support of the structure. Do these seem right or should I go with heavier legs. I have seen a few carts in stores and they all seem to have 2" legs.
 

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seems a tad "tippy" but maybe not?

Cabinets, carts etc., are kinda like chains, as strong as their weakest link.

pending how the cart is joined, a 1" x 3/4" leg will probably suffice so 1 1/2×1 1/2 is more then enough beef to hold even my sister in law who weighs in at over 400 pounds
 

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I have not sketched it out yet. I often design in my head first. I am considering enclosing on side of the cart with a door to conceal a stand mixer which is very heavy. I am really less concerned with stability than I am of how it looks, I don't want it to appear spindly.
 

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Will you be adding the swing up shelf for the stand mixer? If so, you'll need to consider tipping. It really helps to draw these things out to scale. I usually laminate 3/4" boards together for my projects, unless it's absolutely critical to not see the seam (like on my dining table). I will be laminating the legs for my side chairs. If you have a choice, I usually put the seam side on the sides. Also, if you use lock-miter joints, you can get rid of the seams entirely by hiding them in the corners of the square legs. I'll be using that method on the 4" x 4" dining table legs and my Morris chair (if I ever get around to it).
 

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No swing up shelf. The mixer will either be used on the cart or a kitchen counter. I can live with side seams, I have used that practice in the past and with proper grain matching they preety much disappear.

I have never heard of a lock-miter joint before, sounds intriguing.
 
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