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Show us your truck bed sleeping platform/drawer/storage systems

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 1patriot4life, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. Sep 13, 2017 at 6:31 AM
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    dziner

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    Thanks! It was practically the only option I have, unless I simply attach a foot to that cross slat. Since the center support is the same height, it adds to the rigidity to the platform. Keeping it simple.
     
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  2. Sep 13, 2017 at 6:40 AM
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    Yeah this is what I did, I just added a foot there, but I much prefer the way you did it:thumbsup:
     
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  3. Sep 13, 2017 at 6:48 AM
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    17taco4x4

    17taco4x4 I feel the need - the need for speed!

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    Not secured just notched 2x10 and the landings hold the 2x6. The weight from the plywood holds everything together. I like it because I can always remove everything if I need the room.
     
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  4. Sep 13, 2017 at 7:42 AM
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    I had planned on some turnbuckles when I was planning the platform, but after throwing it in for a test fit I didn't bother. My wood deck is VERY tight when I installed the carpet. Takes some real effort to lift the 2 1/2's apart.
    I have climbed into the bed many times and it stays rock solid as I climb on it. No shifts no tipping. Several months of driving has not had any rattles or anything. So basically make it as precise and tight fitting as possible.
     
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  5. Sep 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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    It also helps to keep the ply more rigid the entire length of the bed. It now can't sag under the center edge since there is no support there.
    I made my platform out of 3/4" square tube. I notched my center support just like you did.
     
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  6. Sep 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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    just something I have laying around that runs
    Here is my quick setup I made. I basically copied another members setup I saw in the forums. I have to finish the stash boxes along the sides. The top is 3/4" plywood and the vertical pieces are 1/2" ply to fit in the grooves of the factory bed liner. I also plan on staining it soon.

     
  7. Sep 13, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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    I like the quick removal of the center section for a tall load.
     
  8. Sep 13, 2017 at 9:13 AM
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    fatfurious2

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  9. Sep 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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    I'm also using a couple turn buckles on the rearward corners.
    IMG_1359.jpg
     
  10. Sep 13, 2017 at 9:15 AM
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    You're just going tag crazy o_O
     
  11. Sep 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM
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    C0d3M0nk3y

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    L-Track.

    I drilled a few holes in my plywood base (lost a little bit of height with the base, but I get a LOT of stability).



    The whole system comes apart into 4 pieces. I have the base/frame, the top and 2 drawers.

    Finished product (mostly, the cooler tie downs and top mat are not pictured)

    You can see more about this in my build {1}{2}{3}{4}here.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2017 at 2:29 PM
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    Nice work! Looks quite heavy though.
     
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  13. Sep 14, 2017 at 5:26 AM
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    It has some weight to it. The base is 1/2" plywood, and much of the drawers are 1/2 plywood. The top is 3/4" plywood, and the frame and front of the drawers is solid 3/4" birch. I cut holes out in the base to reduce some weight, and I could probably go back and free up some weight with the frame.

    I can move it all myself, and the platform did not impact fuel economy when installed. The bigger, heavier tires...now that hit my fuel economy quite a bit.

    Overall, I am quite happy with how it all turned out. I would make changes if I had to do it again...but we all learn from any project we do.
     
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  14. Sep 18, 2017 at 12:06 AM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

    OnHartung'sRoad -So glad I didn't take the other...

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    Looks nice! Suggest bull nose routering that sharp rear edge on the bed... nice write up, thanks for the ideas!
     
  15. Sep 18, 2017 at 1:16 PM
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    I went pretty low tech on the edges. I used sandpaper and smoothed the edges down to rounded corners. It may not be consistent for every edge, but there is nothing sharp.

    One tool I am missing that I really should get...a router. If I had one...I certainly would have done what you suggested. It is a really good idea, but not having the right tool for the job...
     
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  16. Sep 18, 2017 at 1:19 PM
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    How the heck did you flush mount those handles then??
     
  17. Sep 18, 2017 at 2:14 PM
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    C0d3M0nk3y

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    Well...me and my jig saw are pretty good friends. I also have a dremel that saw a LOT of use during this project. A router would have been glorious. I can not tell you how much of a pain some of this work was without it.

    I will tell you that if you look closely at a few details, you will notice a few flaws here and there. One handle is not exactly straight (but it functions quite well for the use).
     
  18. Sep 18, 2017 at 4:24 PM
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    dziner

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    It's projects like this that slowly builds to my tool collection. I bought a jigsaw for my latest platform build. That allowed me to quickly notch the boards. At some point I'll get a table saw and router. Slowly, but surely.
     
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