Any idea of a rough budget number for the plan fromBig Blzn?
I don't as I have only posted this on several other hobby forums I'm on when members have asked similar questions about truck storage systems.
One the first page of the link is shows that the cost for the project is approx $50-$100. I assume that is for standard 1/2" plywood, glue, nails/brads, screws and any pull handles for the drawers, etc.
Here is my take.
I tend to overbuild projects. Bigger, stronger, better, etc. If I had the need for a storage system in my truck i would do this one but use better and more expensive materials. (I have seen many times in pickups a modified version I like better but can't find any Internet pics of them, it's a DIY project also and real cool.)
I would use 1/2"-5/8" marine grade plywood for mine. Roughly 50% more expensive but IMO much better than a CDX ply and gives better finish product. If you want marine grade look for AB Douglas Fir marine grade plywood. Looks like current prices are around $45-50 per sheet. You can also get a CDX Sanded One Side for approx $30/sheet. Also, instead of using a professional wood glue as many would use I usually only use Gorilla Glue, epoxy type. The brown stuff that expands to look like a foam when dried and is water proof. Like i said, I over build.
My initial list of materials if I had nothing to start?
-3 sheets 1/2" marine ply. = $140
-5 lb box 1 5/8" galv course thread screws. = $18
-1 pint or so of gorilla glue. = $12
-Misc galv metal bracket and handles = $20+\-
-Paint, what ever you choose.
-carpet for top sleeping area.
Remember, you have four corners of the bed of the truck that are approx 9" wide by 16" long in front and behind the wheel wells in the bed. Ruses spaces are great for additional storage aside from the drawers.
You will save probably save 20-40% I'd you used non-marine grade plywood and if you have screws, etc you can probably get this project done for less than $110. A huge savings over any prefabbed or bought kit and you can build it to your own design.