NEW! Faster Search Option
PICKUP BED DRAWER BOX
A couple of years ago, I designed the perfect system for hyper-extending finger and thumb digits.
I set aside about half the width and depth of my long-bed pickup and installed an 8' long, by 22" wide, by 10" tall, slide-out drawer: then put in adjustable compartments, and loaded it down with tools. The completion of this project occasioned much celebration, a glow of self-satisfaction, and phone calls to nearby neighbors.
I was almost smug, in fact, because I imagined that I'd saved myself a lot of cash. A chunk of propellant tank foam hit the leading edge of my ego, however, when I tried to pull the drawer out. It wouldn't budge. I mean, it might just as well have been screwed to the bed with Tapcons.
SO... After the neighbors left (and a couple of Budweisers later -- Bud's being the second cousin to invention...), I decided to install waxed, 3/8" skids on the bottom of my drawer. This proved to be a master-stroke, as I could now pull the drawer out by hooking my thumb in the 1/2" cargo ring, howbeit with enormous effort.
That was several years ago, and my bed drawer has returned, repeatedly, to its former state of sullen immovable stasis. The usual progression is for me to remove all the tools, pull the drawer out (it's heavy as hell by itself) re-wax the runners, reinstall, reload, and repeat.
I can usually last about six weeks between rewaxings. The thumb-in-ring-pull procedure is replaced about midway through the process by the claw-of-hammer-in-ring procedure, and that's followed, almost immediately, by the grudging rewax procedure.
Please install propeller beanies and help me out.
I can't find a source for drawer hardware that will handle this drawer. Nothing's long enough, or heavy-duty enough. I've thought about installing some sort of ball-bearing assembly that allows the entire drawer to glide on the floor of its enclosure. Does anyone know of a source for continuous ball-bearing assemblies (6' or longer) that I could mount on the floor of the drawer-box enclosure? Of course, the other option would be to install such hardware on the bottom of the drawer, itself (I'm way smarter than I look).
I've tried, at various times, installing things like furniture glides on the bottom of the drawer (those little neoprene jobbies that allow you to push heavy stuff around), and that hasn't worked. What happens, instead -- as the drawer is pulled out (even with the glides on 4" centers) -- is that you experience the equivalent of driving an empty pickup over a washboard road. This solution is also wildly amusing to assembled neighbors, but highly unsatisfactory.
I would appreciate any helpful (or amusing) thoughts you may have.
The alternative, at this point, is to throw in the towel and bite the after-market bullet. I need a bed drawer to store my tools, and the metal, diamond-plate-constructed equivalents are out there to be had (for multiple-thousands of dollars).
If I adopt your solution, I will give you all the credit the next time I buy a keg and assemble my buddies. (as far as you know)