Step 7: Install the Panels

clamping together the MDF panels for the bed frame of a storage bed
Photo: Laura Moss
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Run a bead of wood glue along the perimeter of the top of the platform, one side at a time for each panel. Place each panel on edge in the glue, and clamp it in place, as shown. Check that the face is square and flush with the platform, then drill pilot holes up into the edges from the storage bays and install 1½-inch MDF screws. Screw through the side panels and into the edges of the footboards, too.
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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)
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    -inch MDF beadboard panelsGet two 4-by-8-foot sheets.

    1x2 primed MDF trim
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    8-foot lengths for the stiles, rails, and cap.

    2x4s
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    Victorian-era door-casing kit (includes rosettes)½x3 lattice strip shoe molding
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    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

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