Step 5: Install the 2x4 Support Frame

installing the 2x4 support frame for a storage bed
Photo: Laura Moss
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Use a miter saw to cut 2x4s to length to build a support frame for the void between the carcasses. Use deck screws to go through the long boards into the ends of the five crosspieces. Install 1x2 cleats around the platform opening, 3½ inches down, to hold the frame flush with the platform, and set the frame in place, as shown. Use 2-inch MDF screws to fasten it to the carcasses, tying together the entire assembly.
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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

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    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