Here are the suggested tools and materials for building your platform bed.
- Four foot level
- Pry Bar
- Circular Saw & Handsaw
- Drill & Drill Bits
- Screw Drivers
- Tape Measure
- Extension Cord
- Carpenter's Square
- Paint Brush (not shown)
- Safety: Goggles/Ear Protection
- 3" Screws and/or Nails (see note below)
- 1-1/4" Drywall Screws
- Cedar boards (bought from Habitat Restore)
- Plywood or OSB
- Paint (optional)
- Electrical (optional) - see electrical step
Quantity: For this project I used (10) 2x4s, (3) 2x6s, (3) 2x2s, (2) 4x8 3/8" OSB, (1) box drywall screws, (1) box 3" wood screws, (1) gal paint.
Cost: All materials cost around $80 from HD/Lowes/Habitat. All tools cost under $120 and were purchased refurbished online or used off craigslist.
Fasteners: I recommend using all screws for the project. In the past I used primarily nails but always required a few screws. Depending on the boards used for the siding you may need to pre-drill and use smaller screws.