Step 2: Assemble the Storage Carcasses

assembling the storage carcasses for a storage bed
Photo: Laura Moss
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The back piece and dividers get sandwiched between the top and bottom. Lay a bottom piece flat and run a bead of wood glue atop its back edge. Stand the back piece on edge on the glue line, and use four bar clamps to hold it upright. Once the back is clamped down, get a partner to help tip up the L-shaped assembly, and drill pilot holes through the bottom and into the edge. Screw the pieces together with 1½-inch MDF screws. Evenly space the four dividers along the length of the assembly. Glue, clamp, and screw them in place, then do the same for the top piece. Build the other two carcasses the same way.
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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