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Rear Cargo Drawer Build

Another member wanted a materials list and measurements, so here we go...

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2 4x8 Maple Plywood sheets (Lowes)
2 pairs 24" Fulterer 200lb# drawers slides
2 Battalion paddle latches
1 4-pack of Stanley 2" x 1/2" mending braces. (I double stacked these pieces of metal and used them as catches for each paddle latch.)
2 Stanley 7 1/2" turnbuckles
2 Stanley 2 1/2" eye bolts (for rear turnbuckle anchors)
2 quarts of Rustoleum flat black enamel
Diamond plated rubber matting. (I sourced this at a local shop, Industrial Metal Supply.)

Here is the original plans I drew up in SketchUp. I didn't add the sliding trays to keep it simple.



I glued and screwed all the pieces using 1 1/2" drywall screws and Elmers Probond wood glue. All screws were counter sunk then patched with Elmers Probond wood filler. I also used the wood filler to patch any voids in the wood, etc. All exposed edges are routed with a 3/8" roundover bit.




I test fitted the box in the FJ. The box is anchored using the existing tie-down holes in the front. The rear of the box is anchored using an eye bolt and small turnbuckle hooked to the tie-down d-rings.



After I built the box, I used it for exact measurements for the drawers instead of using the above plans. The real world dictates things don't always line up on paper.









The entire box and drawers are painted first with Killz primer and then Rustoleum flat black enamel. 2-3 coats on everything. If I did this again I would probably try a bedliner coating.















I switched out the above existing factory tie down with an shouldered eyebolt (M6x1.00).

I'm happy with the way they turned out. Also, since the drawers block the power outlet I got one of these to extend the outlet.

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This looks really great! I wanted to build a low profile cargo box and your design has inspired me. =) Thanks for the great write up.
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Just what I need. Very nice!

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Wow!!!

That looks great!! Wish I had the skills / tools to do that!!

What would one charge to build that for someone? (HINT HINT HINT)
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Re: Rear Cargo Drawers

Also, since the drawers block the power outlet I got one of these to extend the outlet.

http://www.amazon.com/360-DEGREE-ROTATING-FLAT-PLUG-LIBERATOR/dp/B003NYRAYE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_6

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Re: Rear Cargo Drawers

That looks solidly built!! I've only slightly considered building one of these, but I think this one would be the route I would go!
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Re: Rear Cargo Drawers

I really don't know what it is about those drawers that I like so much. There's really nothing special about them, other than outstanding craftsmanship. I guess that's probably it... the simplicity of it. Like I said before, "it looks like it grew there." The diamond-pattern mat really sets it off in both aesthetics and functionality; the slides are heavy and the latches are a perfect choice; the Allen-Head fasteners are a nice touch. All edges are "bevelled" (routed?), or sanded smooth, very nice job on that. Everything is symmetrical. The black paint looks thick and durable.
Very nice write-up, complete with parts list and prints, vendors and links... very, very nice. Thank you.


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Re: Rear Cargo Drawers

Thanks everyone. Once in a while I like to build stuff and having the FJ is a perfect opportunity to do so. It has got me back into the garage and I'm enjoying every bit of it.

Tstormin, sorry these are one of a kind special edition limited series of 001.
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how much to ship yours to me??? nice job!

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