Step 2: Assemble the Cabinet

Assemble the Cabinet to build a murphy bed for your dog
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Set the two 1x8 sides on edge and sandwich two 1x4 crosspieces on the flat between them, so that one crosspiece is flush at each end. Secure the pieces by driving 1¼-inch trim-head screws through the sides and into the edges of the crosspieces. Secure a third 1x4 crosspiece flush with one end of the sides, as shown; this will be the bottom of the cabinet. Sandwich a fourth 1x4 crosspiece between the sides, with its top edge 1½ inches below the top of the cabinet. Secure the pieces with 1¼-inch trim-head screws.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nailer
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    1x8 Get an 8-foot length to make the cabinet box top and sides.

    1x4 Get three 8-foot boards make the header, the bedframe, and all the crosspieces.

    ¼-inch plywood Get half of a 4x8 sheet.

    1¼-inch trim-head screws

    Wood glue

    1¼-inch finishing nails

    2½-inch baseboard Get at least 4 feet.

    Shoe molding Get at least 5 feet.

    Cabinet doors Get two.

    Cabinet drawer front Get one.

    ¼ inch shims

    1-inch screws to attach the bed frame to the doors.

    Toy-box hinge Get three.

    Hardware for the doors and drawer

    Magnetic catches to hold the deck upright when the bed is not in use.

    ¾-inch finishing nails to attach the plywood back to the cabinet box.

    Wood filler

    220-grit sandpaper

    Primer

    Semi-Gloss Paint

    Knob and 2-inch threaded pin to make the locking pin