Step 5: Cut and Attach the Baseboard Molding

Cut and Attach the Baseboard Molding to build a murphy bed for your dog
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lay a length of baseboard molding upside down on the header, its square edge flush with the top of the cabinet. Mark the ends of the cabinet on the molding. Miter the molding at opposing 45-degree angles. Use wood glue and a pneumatic nailer with 1¼-inch finishing nails to secure the molding to the header. Miter the joining angle on the molding for one side of the box, hold the mitered piece in place, and mark a straight cut flush with the back of the cabinet. Use a miter saw to make the straight cut, then glue and nail the piece in place. Repeat for the opposite side.
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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