Step 12: Attach the Deck to the Cabinet

Attach the Deck to the Cabinet to build a murphy bed for your dog
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lay the cabinet faceup on a work surface and lay the deck on top of it. The bed frame should fit within the cabinet, and the backside of the doors and drawer should rest atop the cabinet's edges. Use shims to create even spacing between the top edge of the drawer and the header, and between the doors and drawer and the sides of the box. Position a toy-box hinge on the cabinet's lower crosspiece where it meets the bottom edge of the cabinet doors. Use the included screws to affix the hinge to the cabinet and the deck. (If necessary, use multiple hinges to span the cabinet's width. Ours required two.)
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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