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    One of my customers wanted a drawer system for his hilux but did not want to spend the local asking price of around 20k , had to be low profile and light.

    I have been using light plywood for a while as a sheet is only 15kg and very sturdy.

    So Saturday morning we build a drawer, sealed it carpeted the drawer.

    I now want to take my one out and also build the same as the steel units are very heavy and extremely difficult to move should you want to take it out

    Anyway some pics
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    Nicely done! What thickness ply did you use? Did you not use any slides for the drawers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    One of my customers wanted a drawer system for his hilux but did not want to spend the local asking price of around 20k , had to be low profile and light.

    I have been using light plywood for a while as a sheet is only 15kg and very sturdy.

    So Saturday morning we build a drawer, sealed it carpeted the drawer.

    I now want to take my one out and also build the same as the steel units are very heavy and extremely difficult to move should you want to take it out

    Anyway some pics
    Plywood is totally underrated Use it with confidence!

    -it is about the most versatile, cost-effective, easy to use, and structurally/thermally effective form of sheet/beam material available to everyman.( when properly used and weather-treated)

    I have built a modular, full bin-depth multi-drawer system of 12mm plywood -very effective, durable, light, easy to fabricate/maintain-weighs about 55kg -incl. runners -for entire unit filling the bin of double-cab with a void only for 50l fridge, and 55l water tank. It is built in 5 manageable sections, which can work together-or individually and in various configurations.

    It is held in place by big cable ties only -and its own packed weight-and it has never bounced around or moved in 20k km off-road travel!

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    12mm ply, but its proper stuff imported

    Used a very strong glue, not the ave stuff and drilled and screwed [more for the glue sake.

    Runners are 1m heavy duty repon that can do 90kg on 500mm extended

    Sealed with gripseal, gemken and heavier duty carpet.
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    Who charges R20k for a drawer system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Who charges R20k for a drawer system?
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    Who is stupid enough to pay 20K for a drawer system ?

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    very well done.

    The nice thing with the ply, you can add or change in the future and recover with carpeting again. You could even house a battery on the side where the lid is and add some powersockets.

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    Proper job that.
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    Looks great I am building mine out of ply too,my problem living in the sticks a bit is finding the carpet. any sources preferably online ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    One of my customers wanted a drawer system for his hilux but did not want to spend the local asking price of around 20k , had to be low profile and light.

    I have been using light plywood for a while as a sheet is only 15kg and very sturdy.

    So Saturday morning we build a drawer, sealed it carpeted the drawer.

    I now want to take my one out and also build the same as the steel units are very heavy and extremely difficult to move should you want to take it out

    Anyway some pics
    Oh wow. Looks very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by travoski View Post
    Looks great I am building mine out of ply too,my problem living in the sticks a bit is finding the carpet. any sources preferably online ?
    My question too, where do you get the carpet? I am building a bed structure to sleep/store stuff on and cooler box etc under. I am using pine shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    My question too, where do you get the carpet? I am building a bed structure to sleep/store stuff on and cooler box etc under. I am using pine shelves.
    Boat shops are a good start, but sometimes pricy.

    In Voortrekker road in Pretoria is an automotive upholstery supplier, I canít remember the places name, but will stop by this afternoon and get the contact

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    Ek en n pel bou ook gou die naweek my drawer vir my Prado 120. Baie eenvoudig.
    Die mikpunt is so lig as moontlik en goedkoop as moontlik. Ek is bly om te hoor dat die 12mm ply goedgenoeg gaan wees interme van gewig en sterkte.
    Gaan ook die HDPE nylon strips gebruik vir die laaie. Net die yskas sal op furnlock slides loop.
    Mat het ek by top carpets gekoop(Dalk kan julle manne daar probeer) Off cuts was nie te duur nie.

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    In Cape Town Kehls sells the carpet.Not sure if they have a branch other side of the mountains.
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    Very neat! What does it weigh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    Boat shops are a good start, but sometimes pricy.

    In Voortrekker road in Pretoria is an automotive upholstery supplier, I canít remember the places name, but will stop by this afternoon and get the contact
    Did you perhaps manage to find out the name of the place?

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    I made my drawer system using 4mm ply on the sides and 8mm bottom of drawers and top of box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    My question too, where do you get the carpet? I am building a bed structure to sleep/store stuff on and cooler box etc under. I am using pine shelves.

    I have bought Black and Grey carpet in various lengths and widths from the Fleamarke in Boksburg - opposit the East Rand Mall on North Rand Road - about R30/m for a 1.6 wide section.


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