Interior / Exterior Visual TechThis section contains discussion related to visual modifications of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Some items might include dash kits, roof rack modifications and other visual modifications.
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 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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