Do you like heading off on a road trip in your pickup?? This upgrade project for your vehicle will make getaways even more enjoyable!
Truck or Van Storage Drawer, Standard, Width 48 In., Height 12-3/8 In
Pickup trucks are great for heading off on an adventure with friends and family. You can simply place a mat on the rear bed and you’re ready to relax and sleep. But getting a good place to lie down is impossible if you’ve got tons of stuff occupying that rear bed.
The solution is to build a bed with drawers in your truck so that there’s a place for all your travel necessities and a place to sleep.
Though this might seem like a big DIY project, it’s easy to accomplish as long as you take time with measuring and planning. This tutorial shows you the essential features of a good truck bed and drawer system.
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Read on and see how simple this truck improvement project can be! 🙂
You’ll need these materials:
- 1 – sheet 3/4 Plywood
- 1 – sheet 1/4 Masonite
- 1 – sheet 1/4 Plywood
- 4 – 1x4x 8′
- 7 – 1x10x 8′
- 3 – 1x12x 8′
- 4 – 1×1 Square Tubing
- 50 – Bearings that fit over a 5/16 Bolt
- (Qty.50) 608-2RS two side Rubber Seals Bearing 608-rs Ball Bearings
- 24 – 1 1/4 – 5/16 Bolts
- 12 – 2 1/4 – 5/16 Bolts
- 50 – 5/16 Lock Nuts
- 70 – 5/16 Washers
- Wood Glue
- 1 – small box 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
- 1 – small box 2″ Wood Screws
- 2 – Slide Latches
- 2 – Handles
- 4 – Piano Hinges
- 4 – Cabinet Pulls
- LED strips
And these tools:
- Circular Saw
- Jig Saw
- Screw Gun
- Tape Measure
- Table Saw
- Paint Roller and Brush
- Cut your masonit and 3/4 plywood about a half inch short of the length of the inside of the bed.
- Cut 2 – 1×12 and the 2×12 to 3/4 inch less then your plywood
- Cut 1 – 1×12 to 4′
- Glue and screw them together like the photo. The board on the face was temporary.
- Slide it in the bed and center it.
- If you have a bed liner, mark the ribs at each corner. Drill the 4 corners and insert a 1/2″ bolt.
- The frame will not be able to slide left or right.
- Build your drawers 2 1/4″ less then the openings.
- Cut a 1/4 inch grove at the bottom of the 1×10″ and glue the plywood to slide in for the drawer bottoms.
- Bolt the square tubing to the side of the drawers. About a 1/4 of the way up from the bottom. Making sure that the drawer will be about 3/8″ above the masonite.
- Then bolt the bearings on top and bottom.
- There should be at least a 1/8″ gap between the top bearing and square tubing when drawer is closed.
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