|Project by caper||posted 03-13-2014 04:26 PM||6690 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
Here is a project I completed recently. My old Silverado is getting long in the tooth, so I picked up this ‘06 Tacoma (with a brand new frame) and built a set of tool drawers in the bed. I am a contractor/finish carpenter.
The carcass is built from 3/4” AC plywood, primed on the outside with two coats of Alkyd BM exterior primer. The entire box is sealed to the weather. The plywood top is removable as are the drawers, so I can easily disassemble it for removal. It’s a bit hard to see with the cap on it, but the whole box is fitted tightly in the bed and wedged tightly under the lip of the bed so it will not move. The drawer dividers are all dadoed/glued in and made from 1/2” AC to save weight and volume. The drawers are also made from 1/2” AC, with 1/2” cabinet grade Birch ply for the drawer fronts. The two lower outside drawers go back as far as the wheel wells, but the other four drawers are a full 6 feet long and accommodate a large assortment of tools, including all of my levels, my small compressor, hoses, cords, power, air and hand tools. Bigger tools like my table saw and 10” DSC miter saw ride on top of the box.
I trimmed the carcass and drawer fronts in teak, and applied sanding sealer and three coats of exterior marine grade spar urethane. The drawer boxes are all coated with two coats of sanding sealer. I used UHMW tape applied to both the carcass and the drawer bottoms as slides, and it works great – just enough glide without the drawers wanting to slide out on their own if I’m parked on an up-slope. I used regular pulls from the hardware store because they are very low profile, as the back of the assembly is really close to the tailgate when closed to minimize the entry of weather when the cap is not on the truck. I also installed a Pop’n Lock locking tailgate latch for security that I ordered on the Web.
Feel free to contact me if you want more photos of the construction or to discuss the project. Thanks for looking. Peace!
-- WoodCaper, Lower Cape Cod, MA