Homemade truck bed storage

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Homemade truck bed storage
Unsecured tools can slide around and damage the bed of your truck. (shovel in truck image by Andrew Orlemann from Fotolia.com)

The bed of a pickup truck can sometimes becomes a catchall for tools, supplies and other items you haul on a regular basis. If the bed area becomes cluttered, however, it can become dangerous. Tools and other items that are not properly secured can fly through the air in an accident or if you must hit the brakes suddenly. A homemade truck bed storage bin can help you safely secure your cargo as well as organise your tools and supplies.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood
  • Circular saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Four inch nails
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Two brackets
  • Two L-brackets
  • Drill
  • 2 inch drill bit
  • 2-1/2 inch drywall screws

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  1. 1

    Measure the inside of your truck bed using a measuring tape. You will want both length and height measurements, so measure the base of the bed and the bed walls. Make sure you take into account any irregularities, including wheel wells.

  2. 2

    Transfer your measurements to a sheet of plywood or other wood. You will need to choose how wide you want your storage units to be and use that measurement to cut the wood. Plan to cut a top and bottom, using the width and length measurements, and two sides, using the height and length measurement. You will also need two ends, which will be determined by the height and depth of the box.

  3. 3

    Cut the wood with a circular saw according to your measurements. Make sure you wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.

  4. 4

    Sand down the rough edges where you made your cuts. You will want your edges to be as smooth as possible to avoid splinters.

  5. 5

    Paint the wood pieces. The box can also be stained or left natural, but unpainted wood will be more vulnerable to the elements. If you choose to paint, allow the paint to dry before moving to the next step.

  6. 6

    Lay out the pieces of the box on a large, flat surface. Place the bottom piece in the middle of the surface, with the side pieces to either side and the front and back pieces above and below the bottom piece.

  7. 7

    Attach the side pieces to the front and back pieces with a hammer and nails. Use four-inch nails and space them approximately five inches apart. A helper who can hold the pieces in place while you nail will make this step easier. Continue nailing the pieces together until the box shape is complete.

  8. 8

    Place the bottom piece on top of the rectangular box and attach it with four-inch nails and a hammer. Use the same five-inching spacing between nails around the entire outside of the box.

  9. 9

    Attach the top to the box using two heavy duty hinges. Use a screwdriver and screws that are included in the hinge packaging. Install the hinges on the inside of the top piece and the inside of the box. This step is easier with a helper who can hold the top piece in place while you attach the hinges. Each hinge should be installed about one-quarter of the way in from each box end respectively.

  10. 10

    Attach two L brackets to the bottom of the box, about a quarter of the way in on each side using 2-1/2 inch drywall screws to secure them in place. Place the box in the bed of the truck. Drill holes in the truck bed using a two inch drill bit where the holes in the L-bracket are located. Screw the L brackets into the truck bed with 2-1/2 inch drywall screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the box is properly secured to the truck bed before taking the truck out on the road or driving at high speeds.

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