I planed a simple ovolo moulding along the edge of a 3/4″ thick ash board and sawed it off at 1-1/4″ wide. The bureau’s base board is 3/4″ thick which necessitated 1/2″ thick packers (fig. 1) to be added to the underside in order to equal the moulding’s height of 1-1/4″.
Fig. 1. Ash base moulding attached to pine base board and packers.
The shaped brackets for the feet were sawn from 3/4″ thick ash: The four that make up the front feet were mitred, while the two rear side ones were rebated to accept plain pine rear brackets (fig. 2).
Fig. 2. Pine and ash rear brackets.
The rear brackets were glued and nailed together and all four feet were then rubbed onto the underside of the base moulding. Split pine corner blocks (which will ultimately bear the weight of the bureau) were rubbed into the internal corners of the feet. Small chamfered pine glue blocks further support the brackets (fig. 3).
Fig. 3. Glue blocks bolster the brackets.
Fig. 4. Base moulding and bracket feet.