Step 8: Install the Back: Lay out the Back

Lay out the back when Building a Fold-Down Murphy Bar
Photo: Laura Moss
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The back slats give the box lateral strength, and the topmost piece doubles as half of the French cleat that will allow the box to mount on the wall. Place the first slat flush with the bottom edge of the box, then use spacers (ours are large paint stirrers) to create even gaps between each slat. Use a brad nailer and 1½-inch brads to tack all but the top slat into the edges of the box.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Countersink bit
      1/16-inch countersink bit
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • sliding T-bevel
      Bevel gauge
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • router
      Router with ¾-inch straight-cut bit
    • Doweling Jig
      -inch doweling jig from rockler.com
    • Drill bit
      -inch twist bit
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips screwdriver
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • two-foot level
      Level

    Shopping List

    1x4 cedar Get three 10-footers for the slats.

    1x8 cedar Get two 10-footers for the box pieces and the gable ends.

    1x10 cedar Get one 8-footer for the roof and top pieces.

    5/4x4 cedar Get one 10-footer for the door frame.

    -by-2-inch spiral-cut wood dowels

    1½-inch brad nails

    1¼-inch deck screws

    3-inch deck screws

    -inch brass screws for the door slats

    brass or stainless-steel hinges, latch, shutter pulls, Quick Links, and chain exterior-grade wood glue