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Shopping List:

3 – 1×8 @ 10 feet long
2 – 1×12 @ 6 feet long
6 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – sheets 1/4″ plywood (for drawer bottoms and bed top)
2 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
3 sets of straight caster wheels (non swiveling kind)
2 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ PH screws

Tools:

measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
drill
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

ENDS
2 – 2×4 @ 32”
2 – 1×12 @ 32”
4 – 2×4 @ 16 ¾”
2 – 1×2 @ 9”
2 – 1×3 @ 32”

FRAME
2 – 2×4 @ 72”
2 – 2×4 @ 69”
2 – 2×4 @ 36”

DRAWERS
6 – 1×8 @ 36”
6 – 1×8 @ 22”
2 – ¼” plywood 23 ½” x 36”

DRAWER FACES
3 – 1×12 @ 23 ½”
3 – 1×3 @ 23 ½”
6 – 1×2 @ 8 ¾”

Cutting Instructions:

Cut 2×4 boards for base (the longest 2×4 cuts) first, and then cut smaller cuts from the scraps to conserve boards, or you’ll need to buy another 2×4.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Step 1

Drill 3/4″ PHs around top and sides of end panels. Then attach to top header and legs with 1 1/4″ PH screws and wood glue. Keep back edges flush.

Step 2

Add decorative trim with 1 1/4″ finish nails and wood glue.

Step 3

Build frame. You can just frame up with wood screws or attach with 1 1/2″ PHs and 2 1/2″ PH screws and glue. Attach frame flush to top with ends as shown in diagram using 2 1/2″ screws.

Step 4

I changed up the drawers so the sides overextend the front in the cut list. If you do this, you can place ¾” PHs on the outsides and attach with 1 ¼” PH screws. Then when you add the drawer faces, it covers the PHs up. I also shortened the drawer to 36” overall length so you can put drawer faces on both sides if desired.

Step 5

Insert drawers under bed and attach faces with face frames so the drawer bottoms are flush with the end bottoms – you want this to look like a real drawer! Note that the drawer faces will be flush to sides of drawer boxes. Also, for all four sides finished, you can add drawer faces to the backs too!

TIP: Attach handles to face before attaching so you don’t have to drill through 2 thicknesses of wood later on.

TIP: Check the height on the flooring you are using – for example, thick shag carpet could alter the height of your drawers.

TIP: Leave a little bit of a gap to the top for overfull drawers or heavy weight on bed frame.

Step 6

I used 1/4″ plywood on top of the 2×4 frame.

Step 7

Here’s an alternate slat system that you could use if you prefer that.

Finishing Instructions:

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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