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How to Build a Hurricane-Shutter Bed

Use reclaimed building materials to fashion a custom king-sized bed with vintage-style headboard.

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Step 2: Cut Drawer Openings and Fashion Gussets

Using a framing square, sketch two 19" x 8" openings for the drawers two inches from the bottom of the 82 1/2” frame sides. Position them 4 inches apart from the centerline and cut out the holes with a jig or circular saw. Next cut eight 4" x 4" x 3/4" gussets and build these into four sets of 4" x 4" x 1 1/2" gussets with wood glue and 15 ga. finish nails. On a flat and stable platform, join the four sides and corner gussets with 15 ga. finish nails and wood glue. Check for square and shim any of the gussets, if necessary. The corner gussets should be flush with the bottom of the frame.



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