I used screws and wood glue to put everything together, a miter saw to cut the wood and then I sanded and stained the wood after it was all put together. Then, I used polyurethane to finish it off. For the bottom of the bed, I used 3/4 inch MDF. The dimensions of this dog bed are 48″ x 30″ x 8″. My boyfriend did all the measuring and cutting of the wood and screwing it all together.