Post up your drawer/storage system

My neighbor helped me build my custom drawer system. Eventually, I will extend the system over the folded down rear seats, so that I can sleep in my T4R. The left drawer uses Firgelli Automation 32" rails and the right drawer uses Home Depot Liberty 24" rails, with a 28" long drawer.

I do need an easy solution for a latch, to keep the drawers from opening while driving.

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Magnetic comes to mind. Or thread something into the top through a hole in the face of the drawer with a cotter style pin
 
FJ Storage

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This was a post-Christmas project with my SIL. Thanks to the help of a fellow forum member, Todd Gill, all we had to do was go to Lowes and get our materials. His measurements were spot on and it fit like a glove. We took Todd's advice and used 1/2" birch instead of 3/4" and it was plenty stout. Drawers have 100 lb ball bearing slides with friction locks. ARB Fridge just arrived(still in box), and Fridge tie-downs are on the way. Still trying to decide on the fridge slide. The whole unit is bolted in, in the front, and turnbuckles and D-rings in the back. Total cost so far about $150. Phase II will be getting the Fridge mounted and installed.
 
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This was a post-Christmas project with my SIL. Thanks to the help of a fellow forum member, Todd Gill, all we had to do was go to Lowes and get our materials. His measurements were spot on and it fit like a glove. We took Todd's advice and used 1/2" birch instead of 3/4" and it was plenty stout. Drawers have 100 lb ball bearing slides with friction locks. ARB Fridge just arrived(still in box), and Fridge tie-downs are on the way. Still trying to decide on the fridge slide. The whole unit is bolted in, in the front, and turnbuckles and D-rings in the back. Total cost so far about $150. Phase II will be getting the Fridge mounted and installed.
The fridge slides get pricey, the ARB slide/tray is nice but you can get a Dometic slide for less $$. Nice build.
 
Good work.

Totaly agree with thickness. I even made mine of 3/8 with small compartiment and back reinforcement. And it is strong enough that I ccan stant on it and I am 280 lbs.

Holds 1 arb 35 qts fridge on a slide on left side, 2 smaller drawer on right side and a topper space for folding tables. Still fairly heavy, but, way less than if I would have built it with 3/4" and on top of that, space gain is real, up to 1/2 each direction in each compartiment for same external dimension.
 

rayra

Expedition Leader
I keep coming back to this topic for the endless variety and creativity exhibited. Lots of interesting ideas.

I really like that thin drawer idea above, but cant help thinking what those tools will do on the washboard roads all over SoCal deserts. I think he might need to double the foam thickness or make it full height. Or even put a solid pad over it all, so things are really snugly trapped in place. And a full pad layer can be used as a ground cloth / cushion too.


Nothing much has changed with mine, but I'm about to complete a rooftop solar integration and a few more electrical changes, whereupon the 'power module' face arrangement might change and I might go for a real piece of highly figured hardwood for the fascias. What's already there is a sort of 'intermediate' solution. 'None of my projects are ever really finished, merely abandoned' -some medieval guy

 
I keep coming back to this topic for the endless variety and creativity exhibited. Lots of interesting ideas.

I really like that thin drawer idea above, but cant help thinking what those tools will do on the washboard roads all over SoCal deserts. I think he might need to double the foam thickness or make it full height. Or even put a solid pad over it all, so things are really snugly trapped in place. And a full pad layer can be used as a ground cloth / cushion too.
Tools stay put and don't rattle at all. The red sheet of foam is 1/4" thick which only leaves ~1 1/2" for the tools. (Keep in mind, the drawers are not actually 2" deep, more like 1 3/4".) With the black 1/2" thick pad on top, there just isn't room for them to really move around. In fact, for a couple of tools (like the tire pressure gauge), I had to remove the bottom red foam to allow them to fit in the drawer. All of the tools have stayed put for a weekend out in Anza Borrego and a 10 day trip to Oregon.

I like the idea of a pad which could be removed as a ground cloth, but it just won't fit.
 
Tools stay put and don't rattle at all. The red sheet of foam is 1/4" thick which only leaves ~1 1/2" for the tools. (Keep in mind, the drawers are not actually 2" deep, more like 1 3/4".) With the black 1/2" thick pad on top, there just isn't room for them to really move around. In fact, for a couple of tools (like the tire pressure gauge), I had to remove the bottom red foam to allow them to fit in the drawer. All of the tools have stayed put for a weekend out in Anza Borrego and a 10 day trip to Oregon.

I like the idea of a pad which could be removed as a ground cloth, but it just won't fit.
This is nice work, but I'm also in the category that would not use this in a vehicule. Too much wasted space. To use a similar space, I would go toward making a tool roll that I could lay flat and would be able to still us the remaining space for other flat items. But I still prefer soft tool bags that will not ratlle and can flex to make easy packing, even in drawers.

But this is me.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
To use a similar space, I would go toward making a tool roll that I could lay flat and would be able to still us the remaining space for other flat items. But I still prefer soft tool bags that will not ratlle and can flex to make easy packing, even in drawers.

But this is me.
That is how I am keeping most of my tools in my new cargobox.
Adventure Tool Company bags.
I even got rid of my two plastic boxes that held the SAE and metric socket sets, and have a bag for them.

 
Corey, this makes more sence to me, but will all do respect, ATC tool rolls are just way to expensive to make sence to me. And they are some kind of generic, so you have to find whitch one of your tool fit where, also resulting in wasted space and $$$

So to me, fo half the price and less, I can make my owns w/o wasted space and better organized for my own needs.
 
This is nice work, but I'm also in the category that would not use this in a vehicule. Too much wasted space. To use a similar space, I would go toward making a tool roll that I could lay flat and would be able to still us the remaining space for other flat items. But I still prefer soft tool bags that will not ratlle and can flex to make easy packing, even in drawers.

But this is me.
That's actually how I had things at first, in un-rolled tool rolls. I found they kept shifting around and tools came out of them if they weren't wrapped tight. I feel that I've been able to fit in more tools this way. YMMV.

Because of our large dogs, I cannot have tall drawers like others. I would if I could but the dogs live back there during trips and they're cramped enough as it is.

It's a compromise for sure, I think all platforms are. This is the one that works for and fits my multiple needs.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
Wile comping in Dixie National Forest, kitchen and refrigerator / storage slide out 5 ft all made with 3/4 in plywood paited with deck paint
Most impressive setup you have there.
I have seen similar ones on Instagram that pull out to hold everything needed to prep, cook, and store all the stuff like a chuckbox would.
Those gave me ideas to put my chuckbox on a Tembo Tusk fridge slide so I could prep, cook, and store the utensils in the rig if I did not want to setup the chuckbox on a separate table like I have been doing for quite awhile.



 
Indeed, what ever works for you. I just know that this would not be my bag "of tools". Lol. ;)

That's actually how I had things at first, in un-rolled tool rolls. I found they kept shifting around and tools came out of them if they weren't wrapped tight. I feel that I've been able to fit in more tools this way. YMMV.

Because of our large dogs, I cannot have tall drawers like others. I would if I could but the dogs live back there during trips and they're cramped enough as it is.

It's a compromise for sure, I think all platforms are. This is the one that works for and fits my multiple needs.