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Old 08-07-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Has anybody on the GS made their own truck bed cargo storage system?

I am fixing to pull the trigger on building one for my f150; the idea will be to make it with 2x10's as framing/ side walls and 3/4" plywood to enclose top and bottom. Truck bed liner (roll-on stuff from lowes, HD, etc) would be applied to the exterior. Interior will be carpeted.

The main enclosure will be 46.5" x 61.25" and 10" interior height. Gas struts will be used to assist in opening from the top.

Sides of the main enclosure will covered with ploy wood and enclose wheel wells.

I intend to take pictures and post when I start.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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I look forward to seeing this. Interesting idea.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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Has anybody on the GS made their own truck bed cargo storage system?

I am fixing to pull the trigger on building one for my f150; the idea will be to make it with 2x10's as framing/ side walls and 3/4" plywood to enclose top and bottom. Truck bed liner (roll-on stuff from lowes, HD, etc) would be applied to the exterior. Interior will be carpeted.

The main enclosure will be 46.5" x 61.25" and 10" interior height. Gas struts will be used to assist in opening from the top.

Sides of the main enclosure will covered with ploy wood and enclose wheel wells.

I intend to take pictures and post when I start.
Sounds cool. Not sure I would do it with wood, but if that's your material of choice, go for it. I'm guessing this will lay flat and be like a false floor in the bed of the truck? I've seen systems like that made of steel and/or aluminum that are basically drawers. They look pretty neat, but super pricey.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:45 PM   #4
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I look forward to seeing this. Interesting idea.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:48 PM   #5
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I did something similar in my truck toolbox. Have 2 stackable trays that are about 5" deep with a bunch of compartments
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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I figure that if wood is treated and then bed liner material applied, it will be water proof. Biggest issue would be weight, estimating it would be approx 150lbs.

If you were to buy on retail, expect to pay 4 grand minimum. Not my cup of tea
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:26 PM   #8
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Here are my sketches of the project.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:14 PM   #9
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:15 PM   #10
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Rough framework. Get idea of dimensions. Wide enough to carry bow case.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:18 PM   #11
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #12
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Done for the night. Plan for tomorrow: frame, install bottom, caulk between frame and plywood possibly try to roll bed liner on exterior.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:58 PM   #13
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Be careful with bed liner on treated wood. From what i understand, octets is any moisture in the wood, it will rot as the bed liner won't let it escape. I know it doesn't make sense, that's why it's treated, but just what I've read.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:11 PM   #14
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Be careful with bed liner on treated wood. From what i understand, octets is any moisture in the wood, it will rot as the bed liner won't let it escape. I know it doesn't make sense, that's why it's treated, but just what I've read.
Drill holes in the bed so water runs out?
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It's the moisture in the lumber that gets trapped by the bed liner. Once you put the liner on, no external water can touch the wood, but no internal water can evaporate either.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:38 PM   #16
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You think I should leave the lumber out tomorrow in the heat and let dry before rolling?
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:47 PM   #17
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Following. I built a very plain one for my old expedition but it was a drawer and I carpeted the entire thing.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:52 PM   #18
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You think I should leave the lumber out tomorrow in the heat and let dry before rolling?
I would.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:54 PM   #19
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Did a little research just now on treated lumber and roll on liner; think I may be running back to Lowes to make an exchange for untreated lumber. Just means I'll be applying a few coats of the liner.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:27 PM   #20
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Default I made this one for my suburban

I carpeted the outside to match interior as much as possible.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:38 AM   #21
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Nice job abcdj!
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:40 AM   #22
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I like it
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:24 PM   #23
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Back board cut to size


Note the angled bottom at the edges. Ford truck beds are not 90 degrees at the sides.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:24 PM   #24
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Before cutting and attaching.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:46 PM   #25
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Cut caulked and fastened
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #26
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Bottom on.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:21 PM   #27
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Coming along....Still in...

Nice work ABCDJ.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:42 PM   #28
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Looking good!
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:04 PM   #29
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Closed, no hinges yet.


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Old 08-08-2014, 07:05 PM   #30
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Tomorrow is rolling on liner and putting on struts, handles
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:07 PM   #31
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By the way,.......did ya'll know it was hot outside?
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:10 PM   #32
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Thanks guys. AGM the only problem with mine is it's heavy when I take it in and out.
Yours is looking good!
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:28 PM   #33
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Thanks Abcdj. I made a little mistake with the top/ cover. However ill impromptu and make it work.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:09 AM   #34
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Liner on, first coat

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Old 08-09-2014, 10:15 AM   #35
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Looks good.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:19 AM   #36
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Lookin good. How are you gonna reach the back
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:20 AM   #37
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Lookin good. How are you gonna reach the back

What do you mean " reach the back"?
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:26 AM   #38
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What do you mean " reach the back"?
The furthest distance from the tail gate. Was that roll on stuff messy? What is the dry time? Sorry for all the questions.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:40 PM   #39
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i'm glad you're doing this. i've been wanting to do something like this for a while for when we go camping. nice work
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:45 PM   #40
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I have built some.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:04 PM   #41
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Why not buy a tonneau cover? Cost? Storage dividers? Just because? Not trying to be a SA just asking
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:24 PM   #42
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I meant reach the back because I think about the way the lid hinges up, if smaller things slid toward the cab end, without drawers they could be a hassle to get to.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:33 PM   #43
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Roll on stuff dry time is approx two hours. Why no tonneau cover? Because I don't want bed completely covered. Past vehicles I have put camper shells on, and as nice as they were I did not want to go that route again. If something rolls to back I'll just have to get in there and get it....no smart answer for that question.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:33 PM   #44
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:34 PM   #45
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Sound legit to me. I've only had one need cover and wasn't a huge fan but didn't hate it. Just curious as to your reasoning for a bed box. Looks good
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:35 PM   #46
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:53 PM   #47
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Done for the evening.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:07 PM   #48
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Told a lie. Loaded her up. I'll still need to put locks and plywood on side to cover wheel wells
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Great job!
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:50 PM   #50
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I have often thought of this idea. Thanks for sharing it looks great.
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