Step 1: Cut the MDF Pieces

cutting MDF pieces for the mattress platform
Photo: Laura Moss
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The mattress platform is made up of three storage carcasses: one along each side with three bays, and another one-bay box that fits between those two, at the foot of the bed. Take the sheets of MDF, clamp a straightedge in place, and use a circular saw to cut the pieces per the cut list.
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    Tools List

    • bar clamp
      Long bar clamps
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • impact driver
      Drill/driver or impact driver
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer or nail gun
    • japanese pull saw
      Jigsaw or Japanese handsaw
    • paintroller
      Paint roller and tray
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
    Get five 4-by-8-foot sheets.

    -inch MDF beadboard panelsGet two 4-by-8-foot sheets.

    1x2 primed MDF trim
    Get eleven.

    8-foot lengths for the stiles, rails, and cap.

    2x4s
    Get three 8-footers.

    Victorian-era door-casing kit (includes rosettes)½x3 lattice strip shoe molding
    Get 20 feet.

    1¼-, 1½-, and 2-inch MDF screws

    2½-inch deck screws

    1½-inch 18-gauge brads

    Construction adhesive

    Wood glue

    ¾-inch quarter-round

    150-grit sandpaper

    Primer and paint