Originally Posted by sevise
I'm interested in making a cutom rear stoarge box. I'd like it to go from the tailgate to the front seats, about 6-8 inches high. I'd rather build it myself for a couple reasons but mainly I just need something to do and I'd like to have it fit my needs.
I was planning to build one for a vacation I am going on this spring. I was going to build it out of 2x4s and 3/4" plywood and bolt it to the seat brackets and those holes the plastic Jeep trunk uses. I'll probably paint it black (or maybe tan to match the interior) so it doesn't look quite so obvious that it is homemade. You could cut the cost quite a bit by using thinner plywood but I like 3/4 because it is surprisingly strong. I considered maying a "cage" out of just 2x4s but somehow it seemed like that would be even dorkier and I figured someone might be able to slip a wrench/hand in and remove my bolts.
Yeah, I'm going to look like a huge dork, but I don't want to pay $200 for the Bestop extendatrunk when I can build one out of wood for like $30-40. I only plan to use it when I am on vacation(s) and I would not rely on it for overnight security. I just want something to stick my backpacks in to avoid "casual" theft. I hate leaving them strapped to the roll bars because they can be removed in about 30 seconds. I have a cable and lock I can use but the cable secures the packs through nylon straps. Cutting the nylon straps is probably faster and easier than removing all the bungies I use to keep them from shifting.
When (if) I get around to making it, I will definately post pics and measurements, but that may be a while (vacation is not until May).