Step 4: Install the Header

Install the Header to build a murphy bed for your dog
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lay the cabinet faceup and place the 1x4 header on the flat so that it's flush with the top and sides. Use a pneumatic nailer and 1¼-inch finishing nails to secure it to the cabinet. This header will become a nailing surface for the molding added in Step 5 (next).
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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