Convenient Tool-Storage Box for an Extra-Cab Pickup Truck
If your truck has an extra cab, you could pile all your tools back there, let them fly around, and hunt for what you need, but there’s a better way.
Here’s what I did. I’ve got a fairly simple built-in in the back of my truck that keeps my tools organized. The first thing I did was take my seats out–which turned out to be not very difficult. Then I built this box out of 3/4 in. plywood. There’s a separate bottom that is just sitting there. There’s a front piece that runs all the way through, and there’s a shelf that also runs across the entire width of the cab. The other side is a mirror image. There’s a plywood divider in the middle. Now to hold this in place, I used these brackets that the seats used to hang on. I cut notches in the plywood shelf and used small metal clips to secure the box to the seat brackets. I added a couple of drawers on full-extension slides to keep screws, nails, and other hardware. Power tools go in the big compartment on either side, and longer items like bar clamps and levels go in the space between the built-in and the back of the seats. It keeps me organized and ready to go.
I know it was my idea, but I still think it’s pretty clever. And I know Chuck is glad that I sent it in.
Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller’s. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular contributors in the near future.
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