For this project you will need: 1) an electric drill with a 5/16″ wood bit; 2) pliers or vise-grip (locking pliers); 3) four 5/16″ metal screw dowels that are 4″ long; 4) a 3″ to 4″ length of 1/2″ wide masking tape.
Begin by marking the centers of the tops of the bun feet and the centers on the piece to which you will be attaching the bun feet. Place the piece of tape onto your drill bit at the two inch mark, leaving a “flag” of tape to the side: this will help you ensure that you are drilling the correct depth. Drill the centers of your bun feet until the tape flag begins to sweep the drill shavings from the top of the bun foot: at this point you have drilled 2″ deep. Now repeat the same by drilling into the places on the piece where you want to attach the feet. Now you want to screw the metal screw dowels into the bun feet. You will want to grasp the center of the metal screw dowel with the pliers and turn the bun foot onto the dowel. Tip: If your bun foot is made of a hard, dense wood you may want to use vise-grips or locking pliers instead of regular pliers. When all the metal screw dowels have been mounted into the bun feet, you may now screw the bun feet onto the piece of furniture to which you are attaching them. Note: The advantage of using metal screw dowels is that they are almost self-squaring when attached to a piece of furniture. The attachment of the foot is also extremely sturdy and stable.
How to Install Bun feet using wood screws
When starting your bun feet project you will first need to gather your equipment. For this project you will need your bun feet, #8 screws, drill, and the piece to which you are attaching the bun feet. Each of your feet can be set up and installed in the same manner.
There are different types of drill bits that can be used for this project. Several popular drill bits are standard drill bits, paddle bits, and brad point bits. For this application any of these bits would work equally well. You will need to select a drill bit that will drill a 1/4 inch hole, and one that will drill a 1/8 inch hole.
Choose the number of screws you would like to use on this project and mark the bottom of your feet where you would like to place the screws. Use the drill bit that will give you a 1/4 inch hole and slowly drill through the bottom of the foot. Be careful to stop about 1 inch from the top of the bun foot. This will leave about 1 inch of material between the top of the bun foot and the bottom of this hole.
In the remaining 1 inch of material between the bottom of the hole you drilled and the top of the bun foot you will drill a 1/8 inch hole. Select your second drill bit and carefully drill a hole through the center of this remaining material. This will serve as a guide for your screw.
The screws chosen for the example are 2 1/2 inch long #8 screws. If the bottom of your piece is less than 1 3/4 inches thick you may want to use shorter screws, because the screws will drive nearly 1 3/4 inches into your piece. Mark your piece where each of the feet will be attached. Line up the first foot and use your drill drive the screws through the foot and into the bottom of the piece.
How to Install bun feet using Wood Dowels
When starting your bun feet project you will first need to gather your equipment. For this project you will need your bun feet, wooden dowels, a drill, a hammer, wood glue, and the piece to which you are attaching the bun feet. Each of your feet can be set up and installed in the same manner.Select a drill bit that will give you a 3/4 inch hole. Measure the top of your bun foot to find the center. Then using your drill make a 3/4 inch hole that is 1 inch deep in the top of the bun foot.Next, look at the bottom of the piece to which you are attaching the bun feet and select the location for each foot. Using the same drill bit you used in the foot you are going to drill a hole in the material. The depth of the hole will depend on the depth of the piece you are using. Ideally the hole should be 1 inch deep, however if your piece is less than 1 1/4 inches deep you will need to adjust the depth of the hole. It is best to leave at least 1/4 of an inch of material between the bottom of the hole and the bottom of the material. For example if your material is 3/4 inch thick you should drill a hole that is 1/2 inch deep.Find the proper length for your wood dowels. You can do this by simply adding together the depths of the two holes you have drilled and subtracting 1/16 of an inch. The wood dowels should be 1/16 inch shorter than the combined total of the holes to allow room for error and to give you a secure fit. Then cut your wood dowel to the length you have determined.Insert the wood dowel into the bun foot first. To do this put some wood glue into the hole you created in the bun foot and use a hammer to fit the dowel down into the foot. After you have the wood dowel firmly in the bun foot, add a small amount of glue to the hole you drilled in your piece. Lastly insert the dowel into the piece and tap the foot firmly into place. Check to make sure the foot is secure and will sit level when the project is completed. Allow the glue to dry.
Attach a Bun Foot with a Metal Insert
When starting your bun feet project you will first need to gather your equipment. For this project you will need your bun feet, a hanger bolt, a threaded insert, a 3/8 inch allen wrench, a crescent wrench, a drill or drill press, and the piece to which you are attaching the bun feet. Each of your feet can be set up and installed in the same manner.Mark the bottom of your piece where your bun feet will be installed. Select a drill bit that will give you a 3/8 inch hole. Drill a 3/8 inch hole in the bottom of your furniture piece. Use the allen wrench to screw the threaded insert into the bottom of your piece.Find the center of your bun foot and mark the spot. This will be where you will drill the hole for the hanger bolt. Select a drill bit that will give you a ¼ inch hole. Carefully set up your piece so that when you drill the hole it will be drilled straight up and down at a 90 degree angle to the wood surface. A drill press will be helpful for drilling the hole at the proper angle. Slowly drill the ¼ inch hole in the top of your bun foot.Find the tightly threaded side of your hanger bolt. Thread the two nuts onto this side of the hanger bolt. Leave them near the top of the threading and position them one above the other. This will allow you to use the nuts to turn the wood screw part of the hanger bolt down into the bun foot. Use a crescent wrench to install the wood screw part of the hanger bolt into the bun foot.Line up the threaded side of your hanger bolt with the insert already installed into your piece. Screw you bun foot up into the bottom of your piece.Repeat this process with the other bun feet to complete your project.