illustration detailing all the parts for How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar
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Murphy Bar Cut List
1x4 cedar back slats: six @ 36 inches

1x4 cedar door slats: four @ 29 inches (cut to fit)

1x8 cedar box vertical pieces: three @ 22 inches

1x8 cedar shelf: one @ 16 inches

1x8 cedar box bottom: one @ 36 inches

1x8 cedar gable ends: two @ 36 inches

1x10 cedar roof pieces: two @ 22 inches

1x10 cedar box top: one @ 36 inches

5/4 x 4 cedar door-frame rails: two @ 36 inches

5/4 x 4 cedar door-frame stiles: two @ 15¼ inches

¾-by-¾-inch cedar shelf cleats: two @ 7¼ inches (ripped from 1x8 scraps)
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • drill
    • Countersink bit
      1/16-inch countersink bit
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • sliding T-bevel
      Bevel gauge
    • straight edge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • router
      Router with ¾-inch straight-cut bit
    • Doweling Jig
      -inch doweling jig from
    • Drill bit
      -inch twist bit
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips screwdriver
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • two-foot level

    Shopping List

    1x4 cedar Get three 10-footers for the slats.

    1x8 cedar Get two 10-footers for the box pieces and the gable ends.

    1x10 cedar Get one 8-footer for the roof and top pieces.

    5/4x4 cedar Get one 10-footer for the door frame.

    -by-2-inch spiral-cut wood dowels

    1½-inch brad nails

    1¼-inch deck screws

    3-inch deck screws

    -inch brass screws for the door slats

    brass or stainless-steel hinges, latch, shutter pulls, Quick Links, and chain exterior-grade wood glue