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recycledsole
11-13-2012, 09:27 AM
hey guys, i would appreciate anyones help on this.
i want to build walls on my pick up truck for leaf and debris collection. so i can haul more things more securely.
i have a toyota tundra with 6.5' bed.

i will use 4 2X4s in the stake holes @ 4' each.
i will use 1/2" plywood walls @ 4' high. (is this too high)?

the things im concerned about are
1) the box is attached to the truck only by 1 lag bolt in each 2X4. doesnt seem secure enough. is it?
2) the 2X4s going in the stake holes being modified to a smaller size to fit the opening. will they break? is there metal - square steel tubing?

do i put the plywood on the inside or outside of the 2X4? i think outside would be better

thank you!

recycledsole
11-13-2012, 09:52 AM
thinking to use a 2X4 across the back to secure it and a hinged door above the tailgate.
top will be open, covered with mesh tarp

willretire@40
11-13-2012, 09:53 AM
Should hold fine. put the plywood on the inside of the 2x4. Use a mesh tarp on top of the box.
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willretire@40
11-13-2012, 09:54 AM
I am using a tarp for the top and the back. Didnt feel like making a door. Tarp works good so far.
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recycledsole
11-13-2012, 10:29 AM
do the 2X4s have to be cut exaclty the size of the stake

agrostis
11-13-2012, 02:24 PM
Use 3/8 plywood, it's lighter and you will be shocked at how much a 1/2 inch thick, 4 x 8' plywood sheet cost's.

recycledsole
11-13-2012, 08:00 PM
ok thank you

STIHL GUY
11-17-2012, 08:31 PM
Use 3/8 plywood, it's lighter and you will be shocked at how much a 1/2 inch thick, 4 x 8' plywood sheet cost's.

i agree...no need for 1/2''

i put my plywood on the outside and also had to cut the 2x4s down to fit them in the stake pockets...as long as everything is secured and sturdy they wont break

recycledsole
11-17-2012, 10:23 PM
i want to use metal for the vertical posts. home depot only had 1 1/4" instead of what i need 1 1/2" tubing. they did have round 1 1/2" tubing though

agrostis
11-18-2012, 12:25 PM
I wouldn't use metal, the vibration's from your truck will make those post's mess up the sheet metal in your stake pocket's.

recycledsole
11-18-2012, 07:43 PM
I wouldn't use metal, the vibration's from your truck will make those post's mess up the sheet metal in your stake pocket's.

really?
what if the pipe fills the 1.5" pocket exactly? willit cuase a problem then?
thanks

agrostis
11-18-2012, 08:55 PM
When you have metal on metal, something's going to give. It might be the edge's of the stake pocket, it might be the sidewall of the bed if the post rub's there. It might rub on the truck bed. It might just be the paint. If it's a beater truck, i wouldn't worry about it, but even then, you can beat on a wooden post with a big hammer a lot easier than a metal one. Red oak for post's is my choice.

CTmower
11-22-2012, 07:42 PM
Why only go 4' high on the sides?? Your limiting the amount of debris you can haul with that short of a box. I have a 8' dump insert and I used 6' high sides for my leaf box. 2x4's are on the outside. I originally started with barn doors on the back but relized very quickly that it was tough to open when the box was full and changed it to having a solid back door with the hinges on top. Door automatically opens when the bed is tilted. I used screws to hold the 2x4's in the post. The box is pretty heavy when fully assembled so I honestly wouldn't worry about it ever falling off.