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How to Build a Bed Frame

A custom bed frame is a great beginner carpentry project that requires few tools. The following frame is set up for a standard king-size mattress. You can modify the total length and width to fit your existing mattress size.

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Materials

  • Type II wood glue
  • 3/4" plywood sheet
  • 2 1/4" sheathing sheets
  • untreated 4x4x4'
  • #8 x 1 1/4" wood screws
  • #8 x 2" wood screws
  • 3" x 14" antique furniture legs
  • 8 base mould or similar trim
  • 8 2x4x8'
  • paintable caulk
  • semigloss paint
  • dust mask

Tools

  • Handheld drill and bit set
  • tape measure
  • framing square
  • 7 1/4" circular saw
  • 15-gauge finish nailer and small air compressor
  • paintbrush
  • caulk gun
  • Vibratory saw or 1" wood chisel and hammer
  • safety glasses
  • work gloves
  • earplugs

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