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by DirtyBacon04 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:25 pm

I started building the drawer/sleeper system I designed. This system allows me to reinstall the rear driver side bench, increasing my person capacity by 2. It's a long, narrow contraption. The rear 2/3 of it is a drawer accessible from the rear. The front 1/3 is a trunk type thing with a hinge-up lid. The top the container is 5.5' long so it'll double as a sleeping surface for long road trips.

I don't want to share pictures because I am apparently way better a mechanic than I am a carpenter. I am so far embarrassed at it's appearance, but I have faith it'll look better once i get it all sanded and covered in the trunk carpeting. All I have at my disposal is a skill saw and a scroll saw. I swear if I could get perfectly straight cuts, my blueprints would've been awesome. It's a friggin sturdy sumbitch, thats for damn sure. Bitch is heavy though (approximately 4 tons worth of screws, glue, and 1/2" plywood, i think)
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by Trail X » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:48 am

Looking forward to seeing it bacon. In the future, a straight 2x4 can be clamped in place to be a guide for the side of the skill saw foot. Straight cuts every time with that.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:21 am

That's a damn good idea... it'll be good for when I throw this thing in the fire and start over.
It's strange not only having rear seats again, but I've taken off the RTT until the next big trip. First time I've taken off the tent since I put it on. Almost feels like I'm driving a sports car, lol
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by DirtyBacon04 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:24 pm

Ok, here it is so far. Obviously the lid is not completed.
Btw, any tips on dealing with bowed sheets of plywood?
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by Trail X » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:14 pm

Looks good Bacon. No drawer slides? That drawer might get difficult to move if you load it up too much. You going to put a latch on it to keep it from walking out?

The bowed boards should go away once you put your lid on, right, as long as you line up the edges prior to putting your screw in.

Also, remember not to put your jump starter pack in the drawer. You can't open the tailgate when the battery dies.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:10 pm

Yea, I didn't feel like messing with rollers. I'm gonna line the bottom of the box with a fancy ultra low friction plastic. Should keep it pretty easy moving.
Jump box stays in my glove box for that very reason! Lol
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by Diacom » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:37 am

Yeah, that's all Drifta out of Australia uses is low friction polymers for their drawer systems. Good choice.
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by cpyonker » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:59 am

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Attempting to bend the number back to spec after destroying it at bundy Hill


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