Re: Building a wooden toolbox?
Anything sitting on the bed floor will stay wet forever and rot or rust in no time..especially if you have a bed liner or bed coating,truck beds become pools after a hard rain,until you drive them and the water gets to pour out thru the tailgate..
I would look for a used tool box made of diamond plate aluminum or plastic ,and ones that do not sit on the bed floor,but have some space under the bottom between the bed..
Around here in junkyards you can usually get a decent used tool box for under $50 and replacing the locks is cheap,but I prefer to put real hasps on for a padlock than rely on the flimsy locks they come with..
I feel a wooden box is a waste of time and effort for a climate like we have up here,but it may work temporarily...but why bother when a used nice tool box is cheaply available..
Other things could be used as a tool box also..one guy I know who scraps a lot of stuff got a old chest style freezer that was not working free for scrap,he decided to leave it in his truck bed as a tool box..he added a hasp & padlock and mounted it off the bed floor high enough to allow his spare tire to fit underneath it,and used angle iron to mount it to the side rails on the bed..he gutted the copper & electric motor out of it first and got a few bucks for them in scrap too..
Another friend of mine had a old fridge in his basement,that no longer worked,so he decided to make it into a tool chest,by adding drawers & drawer slides to replace the shelves in it..it was pretty cool,but he said many friends were bummed out when they opened the door hoping to get a cold beer,but all that was inside was tools!..