Please critique my fall clean up box for pick up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by recycledsole, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    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!
     
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    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
     
  3. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Posts: 1,387

    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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  4. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Posts: 1,387

    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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  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    do the 2X4s have to be cut exaclty the size of the stake
     
  6. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    ok thank you
     
  8. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    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
     
  9. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    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
     
  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     

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