TRUCK BED DRAWERS

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Intro: TRUCK BED DRAWERS

  • 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.

STUFF YOU WILL NEED-

  • 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

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED-

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

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Step 1: 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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39 Discussions

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LJoyT

11 months ago

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.

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LauraL1

1 year ago

Very impressive!!!!

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Ag800Hans

1 year ago

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!

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SteveW127

2 years ago

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?

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jdorrington

2 years ago

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!?

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Anthonyh7

3 years ago on Introduction

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

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THE GOOSEAnthonyh7

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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JasonS99THE GOOSE

Reply 2 years ago

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

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The.FletchPVATHE GOOSE

Reply 3 years ago

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

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ElliottB2

3 years ago on Introduction

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?

Thanks

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zman1204

3 years ago

Nice very helpful in construction

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rhkramer

3 years ago on Introduction

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

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dblrrhkramer

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Not sure, but they look like skate bearings. Similar to these: http://amzn.com/B002BBD6X4

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rhkramerdblr

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Thanks!

(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.)

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THE GOOSErhkramer

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

Thanks: The Goose

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THE GOOSErhkramer

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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.

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jermncoco

3 years ago

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