Diy truck bed organizer drawer

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Diy truck bed organizer drawer
An organiser eliminates the need to leave equipment unorganised and exposed. (shovel in truck image by Andrew Orlemann from Fotolia.com)

A truck bed organiser will help keep your personal belongings neat and in place, making them easily accessible whenever they are needed. Making this organiser weatherproof will also ensure flawless operation year-round and provide security for valuable materials. Building your own truck bed organiser will save your belongings from the harsh elements of nature and save you money in the process. Replacing lost, damaged or stolen equipment will be a thing of the past.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Mechanical tape measure
  • 3/4 inch AA marine-grade plywood
  • Carpenter's framing square
  • Saw
  • Bungee cord
  • Hooks
  • Epoxy
  • Clamps, 36 inches or longer
  • Air compressor
  • Nail gun
  • Pin nails
  • Fibreglass cloth
  • Weather-proof silicone sealant
  • Varnish
  • Brass piano hinge
  • Drill
  • Locking clasps
  • Lifting handles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the dimensions of your truck bed to ensure that the organiser will fit correctly.

  2. 2

    Cut the 3/4 inch AA marine-grade plywood into the four pieces that will form the rectangular shape of the truck bed organiser. Using the measurements of the truck bed, also cut a flat lid out of the 3/4 inch AA marine-grade plywood to securely cover the organiser and its contents. Use a carpenter's framing square to ensure that the measurements are accurate and the corners will be flush.

  3. 3

    Mix the epoxy materials according to the manufacturer's instructions provided on the label and apply a coating of the epoxy adhesive to both surfaces of the parts to be joined. Clamp the parts securely into place and wipe off any spills or excess epoxy.

  4. 4

    Drive nails to secure the joints, using a compressor, nail gun and pin nails. Allow all joints to dry completely before continuing.

  5. 5

    Apply fibreglass cloth to all outside surfaces using the directions on the packaging. This will make your truck organiser impervious to weather conditions. Apply a thin bead of weatherproof sealant around all inside joints to further protect contents against inclement weather. A thin coat of varnish will suffice for the interior of the box.

  6. 6

    Paint the inner and outer portions of the box to match the truck if desired. The AA marine-grade plywood is a weather resistant material that does not require additional treatment to withstand the forces of nature.

  7. 7

    Lay the truck bed organiser lid flat with the inner side facing up. Place the hinge on the lid. Mark the spots where you will drill the holes. Drill the holes and attach the hinge with screws to the lid.

  8. 8

    Drill holes on the bottom part of the truck bed organiser. Using the screws provided in the piano hinge kit, attach the other side of the hinge to the base of the organiser. This will secure the top of the organiser to the back of the box.

  9. 9

    Secure the contents of the truck bed organiser by attaching a shackle and lock to the front of the box by following the manufacturer's directions.

  10. 10

    Attach the lift handles to the sides of the box. Measure to the centre of the box on both sides and mark where the handles will be attached. Attach the handles using the screws provided with the handles. These handles will be for lifting the box as well as securing it to the truck.

Tips and warnings

  • Based on what you will be placing into the organiser, determine how wide, deep and tall it should be prior to beginning construction. Knowing what types and sizes of materials you have to organise will ensure a proper fitting storage space for those items when the project is finished.
  • Wear gloves and protective glasses while applying the epoxy.

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