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Truck Bed Workstation

  • February 10, 2016
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Tom Bury
Tom Bury
Tom Bury
Tom Bury

As a contractor, I'm constantly on the move and need my tools to follow me to every job site. Complete with easy-access tool storage and the ability to create multiple work spaces, I'm never without my shop on the job.

See it in action at RYOBINation.com/RYOBIBuildOff!

Click here to download Tom Bury's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Assemble Drawer Box: Before assembly, sand interior side of panels smooth and polyurethane as it will be impossible after. Then, drill pocket holes and assemble sides, center, back and bottom using wood glue and 1-1/4" pocket screws. Then, pre-drill and attach top with wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws.

    2. Step: 2

      Assemble Drawers (QTY 2): Cut 1/4" wide dados 5/16" deep, in each side panel (QTY 4) as shown. Next, pre-drill and install drawer supports using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Then, assemble both drawers using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Fill screw holes with wood filler, sand smooth and polyurethane.

    3. Step: 3

      Assemble Power Crate: Cut 1-1/4" wide dado, 5/16" deep in the sides and bottom panel as shown. Cut out handles by drilling two 1-1/4" holes and connect using jigsaw. (NOTE: Divider/dado placed to accept RYOBI SuperCharger) Pre-drill and assemble power crate using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Fill screw holes with wood filler and sand smooth.

    4. Step: 4

      Assemble Drawers (QTY 2): Cut out handles by drilling two 1-1/4" holes and connect using jigsaw. Assemble frame using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Then, glue and nail bottom on using 1-1/4" brad nails.

    5. Step: 5

      Drawer Fronts & Handles: With drawers in place, located drawer fronts such that there is an even gap on all sides and attach using wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails. From inside of the drawer screw through and into the drawer front using 1-1/4" wood screws.

    6. Step: 6

      Finish and Install: Apply a bed liner paint or waterproofing finish to the drawer box. Paint or stain and poly the drawers, power crate and dividers as desired. (NOTE: A smooth finish will help drawer function.) Insert dividers, crate and drawers. Place in truck bed and tie down using ratcheting straps or equivalent.

Comments (8)


  • That is a Cool idea!
    By Ted L., on February 16, 2016

  • This is nice... I'm just happen to see this but I'm design my drawers slide box for my suv. It's half the length of your... Thanks for sharing your built.
    By Spyderx92, on February 16, 2016

  • Tom, Great idea. I have two homes and making sure you have the right tool at the location you are working is important. Happy Creating, Karen Marie Dragonfly & Lily Pads
    By Dragonfly & Lily Pads, on February 16, 2016

  • Tom, Nice build! And using the boxes as additional work area by flipping them over is a great idea. Did you use any drawer guides for the pull-outs?
    By mimeyer11, on February 19, 2016

  • Awesome project Tom. It's a damn shame I can't vote for you! This is way cooler and definitely more original.
    By BigSexy, on February 22, 2016

  • Thank you all for the LOVE. The truck bed work station was a fun build. Great question about the drawer guides. Answer: I kept this very simple and rugged because hey,....it is a work station for the truck. Also because of the weight of the tools inside I did not want drawer guides to add extra friction and make them harder to pull out. What I did do was leave plenty of room on all sides of the drawers from the housing, this allowed the drawers freedom and again less friction. And to help cover up these large gaps on the drawer face 1 added aluminum angles , to fill the gap, add durability, ohh and look so COOL.....
    By Tom Bury, on February 29, 2016

  • Great project! My truck is screaming for it. Nice job! Mitch
    By cetaco, on March 20, 2016

  • AWESOME IDEA I love it I am going to have to build one
    By mpeaslee, on March 22, 2016

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Truck Bed Workstation

by Tom Bury
Feb 10, 2016
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As a contractor, I'm constantly on the move and need my tools to follow me to every job site. Complete with easy-access tool storage and the ability to create multiple work spaces, I'm never without my shop on the job. See it in action at RYOBINation.com/RYOBIBuildOff! <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/DIY%20Truck%20Bed%20Drawer%20Plans.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download Tom Bury's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Assemble Drawer Box: Before assembly, sand interior side of panels smooth and polyurethane as it will be impossible after. Then, drill pocket holes and assemble sides, center, back and bottom using wood glue and 1-1/4" pocket screws. Then, pre-drill and attach top with wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws.

  2. Step: 2

    Assemble Drawers (QTY 2): Cut 1/4" wide dados 5/16" deep, in each side panel (QTY 4) as shown. Next, pre-drill and install drawer supports using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Then, assemble both drawers using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Fill screw holes with wood filler, sand smooth and polyurethane.

  3. Step: 3

    Assemble Power Crate: Cut 1-1/4" wide dado, 5/16" deep in the sides and bottom panel as shown. Cut out handles by drilling two 1-1/4" holes and connect using jigsaw. (NOTE: Divider/dado placed to accept RYOBI SuperCharger) Pre-drill and assemble power crate using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Fill screw holes with wood filler and sand smooth.

  4. Step: 4

    Assemble Drawers (QTY 2): Cut out handles by drilling two 1-1/4" holes and connect using jigsaw. Assemble frame using wood glue and 1-1/4" wood screws. Then, glue and nail bottom on using 1-1/4" brad nails.

  5. Step: 5

    Drawer Fronts & Handles: With drawers in place, located drawer fronts such that there is an even gap on all sides and attach using wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails. From inside of the drawer screw through and into the drawer front using 1-1/4" wood screws.

  6. Step: 6

    Finish and Install: Apply a bed liner paint or waterproofing finish to the drawer box. Paint or stain and poly the drawers, power crate and dividers as desired. (NOTE: A smooth finish will help drawer function.) Insert dividers, crate and drawers. Place in truck bed and tie down using ratcheting straps or equivalent.