Just thought I would post a little winter project that I worked on... I’ve had a number of people asking about it so thought I would post a few details...
I’m certainly no professional welder but I was determined to build this out of metal so I learned quickly with my small Lincoln wire feed. I created my design on paper and placed my order with a local metal supplier who also did all the metal cutting for a very reasonable price. The frame is built from 3/4 inch square metal tubing. The box fits between the wheel wells and I built the top deck with “wings” to fold down once it slides in the box. Nothing more annoying than things falling into the sides. I’ve built it to fit into a 2016 F150 with the short box.
My two wingers slide into the slots and my zinger winger holding blind slides into the third slot. I used what we call in Canada “puck board” which allows things things to slide very easily. Same stuff used on hockey boards. The drawer is also built to slide on the puck board which makes it very simple... no dealing with drawer rollers and rails. I used lots of small rivets to anchor the puck board to the metal frame. The top wood deck is simply bolted to the metal frame.
I drilled holes in the bottom of my kennel and anchored it with bolts into the top deck so it’s solid.
The only thing I would do differently is perhaps built it out of aluminum as it’s quite heavy although that is much above my rookie welding skills. Anyways, maybe you have other ideas... would love to hear them and see pictures.