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post #1 of 12 Old 04-07-2019, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Building a wooden toolbox?

I have an aluminum over the rails toolbox for my 2011 Ranger XLT Supercab but I have a double hoop roll bar I’m planning on installing. I’m thinking of using some thick treated plywood I have stored inside to build a storage box in the front of the bed. This one would sit on the bed floor so it’s deeper and holds more. I’m in eastern Minnesota and we get a fair amount of rain and snow. I’m wondering how easy moisture could get inside going through the wood? What if I had a lip on the lower outer edge of the lid? Thoughts or ideas????? I don’t have the money to buy a new toolbox. I won’t have a high value of tools in it but I carry tow strap, jumper cables and some basic tools and some clothes in the winter.

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox?

IMHO, a plywood tool box out in the open isn't worth the effort, moisture will seep in for sure and probably never dry out completely where it sits in the steel bed. How about hunting for a used aluminum tool box on CL, KIJI and the like, or searching local wrecking yards? My younger brother bought a set of plain steel side mount boxes for a Ranger for reasonable money some time ago and with a nice coat of spray paint they were pretty sharp.

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox?

I'd say if you are intent on building your own, you should be considering Marine grade plywood, use brass or stainless screws and caulk it tight. Or, you might consider a metal top, perhaps aluminum over the wooden top. Good luck.

FWIW, I think Bosox had a great idea. At the price of Marine grade plywood, brass/stainless screws, and a sheet of aluminum to cover the top, I'd bet you could find a used box on CL, especially for a truck as popular as a ranger.

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox?

I had built one years ago out of subflooring scraps, never got around to painting it. And it lasted about 4 yrs.
I put it out in the yard behind my barn for about another 4 yrs before I finally burned it.
I used 3/4" tongue & groove flooring.
But I'm in NC
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Google 'plastic portable tool box'.
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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!..


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Ok thanks. Maybe I could use a plastic box for the items not worth a lot and keep the basic tools in the cab. The back of the cab of my Supercab Ranger is piled up to the bottom of the windows.

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For my GMC extended cab work truck, I removed the rear seat and built some metal shelves to hold toolboxes/belts/small stuff, and then store backpack blowers on top.
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My Ranger has fold up seats in the back and they are big enough for maybe a 12 year old. Ford sold the Ranger with 4 door front hinged doors in Mexico and other countries but not here?????

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox?

If you build it out of wood, slope the lid so it will run water/snow off.

Get some scrape plastic decking to raise it up off the bed so it can dry, either on edge or four by four posts cut about four inches and attach to the corners.

Get some Rubbermaid Brute totes from Lowe's, etc. they are pretty tough and last.

BTW, if you intend to use the roll bar, all the stuff in the box will get messed up anyway!

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox?

I bought this used one for $100......nice box.
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Re: Building a wooden toolbox?

The first few years I did carpenter work I had a tool box made from scrap pieces of T-111 exterior siding. It was just a small box with a sloped top and 2x2 runners on the bottom. It worked well enough considering I had almost nothing invested in it.
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