• This is my truck bed drawers i made. this was not my idea, many people have made these but there is no instructable. so here it is.
  • these drawers are great i load the heavy with tools and they still work great.


  • 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 - 1x1 square tubing
  • 50 - bearings that fit over a 5/16 bolt- i got mine from E-Bay

    (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
  • paint
  • 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


  • circular saw
  • jig saw
  • screw gun
  • tape measure
  • drill
  • table saw
  • paint roller and brush


Step 1: Build the Frame

Picture of Build the Frame
  • cut your masonit and 3/4 plywood about a half inch short of the length of the inside of the bed.
  • cut 2 - 1x12 and the 2x12 to 3/4 inch less then your plywood.
  • cut 1 - 1x12 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. then drill the 4 corners and insert a 1/2" bolt.
  • the frame will not be able to slide let or right. [as seen in photo]
  • build your drawers 2 1/4" less then the openings.
  • cut a 1/4 inch grove at the bottom of the 1x10" 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.

Step 2: The Top

Picture of The Top
  • screw the plywood on the top of the frame and slide in the truck.
  • then take the 1x10 and trace the profile of your bed sides.
  • cut out and connect with piano hinge. install pulls to open.
  • i put braces down to hold weight.
  • you can add level holders and such if your using tools.
  • then paint if you want it painted,

Step 3: Lights

Picture of Lights
  • i then siliconed a 16' of - 5630 waterproof flexible leds -
  • and a switch to turn them on and off
  • this is very bright when dark out.

Step 4: Finished

Picture of Finished
  • i hope this helps you build your own drawers.
  • thanks for viewing.


LJoyT (author)2017-10-12

What I like about your system is it has two drawers. I haven't done anything like this, but it is on "my list" as soon as my shell comes. (Back-country short-term vagabond wannabe.) Have you slept on top of this, and do you think it is really important to keep the headroom "roomy"? I really want to store my cooler, stove, and kitchen junk on one side, but the cooler is too dang tall.

LauraL1 (author)2017-08-01

Very impressive!!!!

Ag800Hans (author)2017-05-25

I dont see a video available to be watched, on this page. Has it been removed? Thanks for sharing, regardless, looks solid, functional, and simple enough to build. Awesome!

SteveW127 (author)2016-03-12

Love this idea and will hopefully use it in my van. Not sure I'm missing this point but how do you stop the draws from completely coming out?

jdorrington (author)2015-11-07

Hi goose, building similar and stumbled across your great instructable (thanks!). I was considering using c section instead of box therefore using just one line of bearings in the channel. Wanted to pick your brain and wondered if you'd considered that - and maybe discounted it as un-workable!?

Anthonyh7 (author)2015-03-23

Just out of curiosity, how much did it cost to do this..I'm considering something similar but trying to keep cost low.

THE GOOSE (author)Anthonyh72015-03-24

i already had the square tubing and some of the wood, and spent another $150. i will sell you mine if you wana come get it. i bought a trailer and cant put the tail gate down because of the jack on the trailer. so unfortunately i had to remove mine.

JasonS99 (author)THE GOOSE2015-10-18

Are these still for sale? I'm in Columbus Ohio and would come get them ASAP

The.FletchPVA (author)THE GOOSE2015-04-24

I'm initerested in purchasing it, where do you live?

THE GOOSE (author)The.FletchPVA2015-04-24

Akron Ohio

The.FletchPVA (author)THE GOOSE2015-04-25

It's about an 8 hour drive for me. How much do you want for it? Do you have an email?

ElliottB2 (author)2015-08-01

Hey nice job on this! One question: How did you bolt the square aluminum tubing to the sides of the drawers? Did you have to cut circular holes in the tubing?


zman1204 (author)2015-03-17

Nice very helpful in construction

rhkramer (author)2015-01-08

Nice job! I like the drawer slides! Where did you get the bearings, and do you have a part number or such?

dblr (author)rhkramer2015-01-08

Not sure, but they look like skate bearings. Similar to these:

rhkramer (author)dblr2015-01-08


(Aside: I don't think that's exactly them, they have an 8mm I.D. which won't fit on a 3/8" bolt. They'd be a tight squeeze (or worse) on a 5/16" bolt, but that might be
workable, especially if polished with some emery cloth while chucked
in a drill.)

THE GOOSE (author)rhkramer2015-01-08

i checked and it is a 5/16 bolt. here is a photo of how they fit.

Thanks: The Goose

THE GOOSE (author)rhkramer2015-01-08

those are the ones i use, but your right i may be wrong on the bolt size. i i didnt modify the bolt in any way. i will check the next time im in the garage.

THE GOOSE (author)rhkramer2015-01-08

i got them off of ebay they are skate board bearings.

(Qty.50) 608-2RS two side rubber seals bearing 608-rs ball bearings 608 rs

jermncoco (author)2015-01-08

Nice job! We added fold down legs on the end of ours. Reduced pressure on the slides and the very first one kept tilting up badly

THE GOOSE (author)jermncoco2015-01-08

the tilting has to do with the placement of the bearings, thats why there is 3 sets close to the back of the truck. it all so has to do with the gap between the 2 bearings and the square tubing. good idea with the fold down leg.

wobbler (author)2015-01-08

It's a well made design but it doesn't look to comfortable to sleep on. Have you thought of adding a mattress?

THE GOOSE (author)wobbler2015-01-08

i just work out of my truck but if i camped out of it i would.

farna (author)2015-01-08

You should be able to use wood instead of the aluminum (or steel) tubing. A 1x4 cut into " strips should work fine, glue and screw with screws about 12" apart... and 6" apart wouldn't hurt for heavy loads.

THE GOOSE (author)farna2015-01-08

you might be able to?

pucksurfer (author)2015-01-02

This is something I'm going to have to put on my bucket list for the future. Great job.

heathbar64 (author)2014-12-30

Nicely done!

I've built different drawer systems in my trucks over the years, but none done as well as this.

I usually just put rollers in the bottom of the drawers that ran in the grooves of the bed liner.

One feature I really recommend is to make stackable trays to fit in the drawers for smaller tools.

ryan.plasko (author)2014-12-27

I've been meaning to build a drawer system like this for my work truck. Wasted Spaces on DIY Network has an episode on a similiar build, but your design seems sturdier. Can you explain how you wired the lights? Where is the switch located and how did you power the LEDs?

THE GOOSE (author)ryan.plasko2014-12-27

the led lights are from ebay-

5m Super Bright 12V 5630 SMD 300 Leds Flexible Strip white light

if you watch the video i put a red box on the bed rail, that contains the switch and wires. i ran a hot wire and ground under the truck from the fuse box, behind the tail light and in to the red box then up to the light. the ground goes straight to the black wire on the light. the positive wire goes to one side of the switch, the another wire goes from the other side of the switch to the red wire of the light. the light has a sticky back but i used silicone to help hold it to the rough texture.

good luck on your build and I hope this helps you.

The Goose

zeebov9 (author)2014-12-26

Well done! A month ago my workmate and I made an adaption of this for our minivan work van.
For those wondering, old or new skateboard bearings fit perfectly on 3/8 bolts, come in packs of 8 (new), and should be under 20$ a pack or free for used ones. Also, if you can find the 1" square tubing in steel that isn't mild, it will resist bending greater than aluminum will.
We referenced this guy's similar build:

vinz3nt (author)2014-12-25

fantastic! now I wish we drove pick-up trucks in Europe (but we don't).
I will keep this idea with the square tube and the bearings though as it seems tree be a pretty easy and really strong construction. I like it.

vinz3nt (author)vinz3nt2014-12-25

seems to be, not tree :-D

More Cowbell (author)2014-12-24

Points to you for being the first guy I've seen to use square tubing and bearings. Most people try (and fail) using wooden drawer style or kitchen drawer slides. These are excellent and will take a beating.

THE GOOSE (author)More Cowbell2014-12-24

its a great way to make drawer glides in the garage to. for those heavy tools.


laxgeo (author)2014-12-24

Could you go into further detail as to how you made the slides?

THE GOOSE (author)laxgeo2014-12-24

i added more details about the slides, let me know if you need anything else.


webdeblee (author)2014-12-24

Please show pictures of the slides, I'd love to be able to do this!

THE GOOSE (author)webdeblee2014-12-24

i added more photos of the slides. if there is a photo of something specific you want to see let me know.

cdays_01 (author)2014-12-24

Awesome, I'll be modifying this slightly to go in my work van. Thanks for the article.

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