Gary Streigler | May 09, 2018


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A Wall Bed That Even Murphy Can Make

In this series, master carpenter Gary Striegler walks us through the process of building and installing a Murphy bed, or as he calls it, a wall bed. Main sections of the process are broken into 3-5 minute videos and nifty tips are broken out into 30-second - 1-minute video clips below.

 

Steps in the Process

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Murphy Bed Build (1): Hafele Hardware

Wall beds are a great way to add utility to a spare room. The hardware is the heart of the system

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Build A Murphy Bed (2): Story Poles

Condense all of the critical measurements of a room onto the sides of one stick

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Build A Murphy Bed (3): Bed Bottom Faces Forward

The two-part bottom panel assembly is about aesthetics, not structure

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Murphy Bed Build (4): Bed Box Sides and Bottom

A lot of pocket screws hold the sides and bottom ribs together  

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Murphy Bed Build (5): Cherry Inlay on the Face

A strip of hardwood hides the joint and customizes the look

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Murphy Bed Build (6): Bed Frame Assembly

Install the front-facing panel and movable legs to the mattress box 

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Build A Murphy Bed (7): Hinge Installation

A little extra space helps, and can be tightened with a washer if needed

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Murphy Bed Build (8): Building the Bed Cabinet

Assembling a big box with a big back that anchors the bed cabinet to the wall

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Murphy Bed Build (9): Final Installation and Adjustments

Adjust the boxes to the hardware, and then to each other. Rotating the panel gives a little extra wiggle room

Quick Jobsite Tips from Gary

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Edgebanding Tip: Reveal the Joint with Rabbets

Edgebanding without sanding: call attention to the joint rather than trying to hide it. Because you won't hide it.

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Router Jig for Clean Dados

Spice up plywood cabinets with solid wood inlays. Spice up solid wood inlays with cleanly cur dado slots

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