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How to Build a Side-Fold Murphy Bunk Bed

Transform a spare room or media room into a guest bedroom with addition of a Murphy bunk bed that holds two twin mattresses.

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Gather your supplies before you start this project.

Hand-held drill and bit driver set
Tape measure
Framing square
7 1/4" circular saw or table saw
Pocket screw jig
Band saw or hacksaw with metal blade
Household clothes iron
15 ga. finish gun
Wrench and socket set
7/8" paddle or Forstner bit

5 sheets of prefinished birch plywood 3/4"
Wood shims
Wood glue
3/4" birch edge banding
8 bronze flanged-sleeve bearings for 5/8" shaft diameter, 7/8" OD, 1/2" length
4 alloy steel shoulder bolts, 5/8" shoulder dia., 1 1/2" Shoulder, 1/2"-13 thread
4 steel coupling nut, 1/2"-13 thread size, 1 1/4" length
4 fully threaded hex head cap bolts, 1/2"-13 thread, 1/2" length
16 flat washers, 1/2" hole size, 1 1/4" OD
1 heavy-duty piano hinge with holes, unfinished, .042" thick, 1 1/16" Width, 2' length
Two-part epoxy
24' of 1x4 poplar
Trim paint
60 pocket screws
100 15 ga. 1 1/4" finish nails
2 5" bunk mattresses
2 gate latches
1 dual-spring-enclosed trailer ramp spring and cable set (approx. 76" wide)
64 1.25" wood screws
         Safety gear:
Safety glasses
Dust mask
Work gloves



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