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How to Build a Plywood Bed Frame

Although neither the most attractive nor most popular wood for building furniture, a plywood bed frame is much less expensive than other options. It's also more durable and more forgiving of mistakes-a ding in a plywood frame is less heartbreaking than one in a polished oak headboard. When working with plywood, a box frame is the best design for your bed.

  1. Set one 18-inch-by-74-inch sheet of plywood and one 18-inch-by-39-inch sheet of plywood together in an "L" shape. Arrange them so that the end of the longer sheet abuts the face of the shorter sheet. Connect them using two L-braces set 2 inches from each edge of the lumber.

  2. Repeat the first step to build a second "L."

  3. Arrange the two "Ls" into a rectangular frame. Connect the open corners as you did the "Ls."

  4. Lay the other plywood sheet on top of the frame. Its edges should be aligned with the frame.

  5. Nail the plywood sheet down with a nail in each corner and a line of nails along each edge. Space the nails about 6 inches apart and drive them through the face of the plywood sheet into the edges of the frame below.

  6. Sand the surfaces of the plywood using rough-grit sandpaper.

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