Install the Crosspieces and Stop Block to build a murphy bed for your dog
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 8: Install the Crosspieces and Stop Block

Place two 1x4 crosspieces on the flat between the long sides of the bed frame so that they're butted against the inside surfaces of the short sides, as shown. Drive 1¼-inch trim-head screws through the long sides and into the ends of the crosspieces to secure them. Use 1¼-inch trim-head screws to secure the 1x4 stop block to the outside surface of one long side of the frame, flush with the top, to create a spot for the locking pin you'll make in the final step, Step 17.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • drill
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nailer
    • multi-bit screwdriver
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • 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


    Semi-Gloss Paint

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