Grocery Corral - Dang!

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Project by vipond33 posted 08-08-2011 07:53 AM 3162 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good afternoon LJ’s with pickup trucks and broken hearts, I’m here t’help.
Are you tired of ripe tomatoes and cans of peaches rolling around in your truck bed after a trip to the vittles store? Did your loaf of white bread get squashed all flat when that big ole ham fell on top of it?
Then jes relax now and get yourself the new, never improved Grocery Corral!! Made entirely of genuine teak, with that “don’t care what the weather is” attitude that y’all love so much in your outdoor gear – all held together with the insolence of Titebond III, the glue that cocks its nose in the general direction of the sun, moon and stars; I’ll outlast you it says.
No corners have been cut in the fabrication of this marvelous device, ‘ceptin the miters of course, and no expense has been spared in the inclusion of many a fine fully housed dado joint. With superior drainage on the bottom and perfectly sized to fit a box of beer, or two, this ingenious contraption with have you roaring around country corners without a care in the world. Holds six grocery bags in a pinch.
Not available in stores.

About 6hrs.
Build on LJ’s.


-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 08-08-2011 07:54 AM

Cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 08:06 AM

Don’t know which I like more the corral or the write up : )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 11:13 AM

What a great idea… I can (no pun intended) identify with your write up!
Crawling up that bed to retrieve a bottle of soda that could explode the moment it is opened makes this a valuable shopping device! Patent the thing!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 01:22 PM

I love it, but you should have made it bigger… Duh, it will hold a carton or two of beer, but where’s the space for the cooler and the ice! Getting home with a hot beer is about the same as getting home with no beer. Time to make another one, to fit the cooler. I see you can open the back window and reach out for a cold one too.

“Hold my beer, and watch this!” (A redneck’s last words)

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 01:39 PM

Nice write-up.

On the Silverado, they’ve got a space built into the bed where you can place a 2×6 (2xanything) in the vertical position, which acts as a back-end corral of sorts. With an 8’ bed, I use it a lot.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 01:45 PM

I like it! Since I use a tonneau, I’d have to figger out a way to keep the hole thing from scootin. Did you alreddy do that?

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#7 posted 08-08-2011 02:05 PM

Sweet. Nice build too.
The wife unit want something like this for her SUV. No weather to contend with, but the design looks good.

Nice side rails, and shop too,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 08-08-2011 02:09 PM

I really like the looks of the shop – was there a project to see, also.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#9 posted 08-08-2011 03:09 PM

Now you come up with a solution, after I gave up and switched to crew cabs and extended cabs just to have
a place to put that stuff inside. Once more I am a day late. Great looking solution coming from a nice big
shop. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 08-08-2011 04:00 PM

Very nicely done on a very practical project. The description was excellent!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 08-08-2011 04:01 PM

well done… and very functional… will the next model fold and collapse for storage when you need the full bed for important stuff… ? I need something like this for SUV, too. hmmm, teak is rather expensive… could I do pine with waterproof finish to match the truck color?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 03:20 AM

Nice solution to a common problem

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 05:04 AM

Add a hook or bungee to hold a milk jug and you got it. I may need to look into one for my van.

-- Lotidus

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 05:22 AM

Thanks for all the great comments, funny comments. It was fun to write and I hope it offended no one. I very much enjoy humor in other peoples postings, the little asides, wry remarks.

Now then, I think I’ve figured out how the site works if you want lots of views, just make beer one of your keywords.
While we’re on the subject, here’s a photo of the preparation for our last open house just before we threw ice on them. You only see a few. A local brewery donated 14 cases of 24 for our enjoyment. All gone.

Dell: I put large rubber feet exactly spaced to the bed liner grooves. Ain’t goin nowhere.
Jerrells: Project coming up. A big one.
Dustyal: Pine is probably not great for exterior use but white oak would be perfect. Cheap too.
regards, gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#15 posted 08-10-2011 11:32 AM

Great idea….
Have had this idea stuck in my head for a couple of years now.
Now that I have a visual, I might build one, so tired of a bag of oranges you need to find
all the oranges in the back of my station wagon.


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