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Old 04-19-2009, 02:08 PM
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Default Home made truck bed slider

Thought I'd pass this along. Made this bed slider to carry my planes. Works really well and only cost $32.00 to make. After some dumpster diving, found the gargage door rails and hardware ....cost $0.00. 2- 4 x 8 sheets of plywood (1 -3/4" and 1- 1/2) cost $23.00. Six casters and a few carrage bolts and nuts $9.00. The rest was scrap wood I had in my shop.
Slides very easy with one finger. Any question please ask. Thanks Dick.
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:03 PM
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Default RE: Home made truck bed slider

That is an excellent slider. Nice work !

Now, I feel the need to question a sheet of 3/4" plus a sheet of 1/2" for $23.00 ????? Six casters plus bolts and nuts for $9.00 ????? Around here the home U Do It type stores have a cover charge more than that just to get in the door, or so it seems.

Again, a really nice design and work.

Bob
Old 04-20-2009, 09:21 AM
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Default RE: Home made truck bed slider

How about adding removable legs so you can slide it all the way out and you can use it as a portable work table too!
Old 04-20-2009, 07:56 PM
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now thats a good add on idea, I'll have to look into this. I just switched trucks and could use something like this.

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Old 04-25-2009, 06:54 PM
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sweet idea...i think i may do something like this for my trailer. when you have it pulled out all the way is there still a caster that catches so it doesn't flex down under the weight of the plywood?
Old 05-04-2009, 10:48 AM
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Dick,

This is great! Just curious to know what you are using to secure planes and gear etc. to the slide out tray. I'm thinking it would be nice to cut some dados in the plywood and embed some aluminum channel flush that could allow for "infinite" placement of anchor points to strap things down. Everything could be locked down for transportation and then slid into place.

What are you using?

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Heres some pic of how I transport my planes to the field. Notice notch on slide bed to keep it from moving
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:43 AM
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OK...nice. I notice you have a high cap on your truck so you have some decent headroom. My Tundra has a hard flat top that hinges open but I don't have nearly as much headroom. What intrigued me most about your slider was that it could work really great for my situation. I just need to devise a way to anchor planes and gear directly to the slider. You have given me some ideas to work with...thank you!

By the way, good idea putting the heavy flight box in front toward the cab. I hate to think what could happen if that were mounted near the tailgate and came loose during an unfortunate hard stop!

Thanks again for sharing....and I wish you a totally crash free summer!

Tom
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I'm looking at building this slider for my Toyota and have a couple of questions... I'm not a carpenter so please forgive my lack of knowledge...
First, how are the wooden side rails attached to the sliding piece of plywood?Is there a groove cut in the rails or do they just attach to the sides with screws/nails?
Second, how do the casters run on the guide rails?Are they inside?Outside?does it matter?LOL...
Third, do the casters themselves hit the rails or is it the wood mounting blocks?Or are the guide rails just there to keep it from getting too far sideways? If the latter, about how much clearance do you give it?
Last, have you had any issues with the slider warping over time?Here in the AZ desert, we always worry about wood drying out and warping. I'm guessing the side rails help keep the ply from flexing and maybe warping too?

Thanks much. It's a great design!

Charlie
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Cotman, I know this is an old post but how is your slider holding up?

Was thinking of doing something similar to what you designed then found this page.

Did anyone else make one?

Another link I found for building one...

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=210300

Bill S.
Old 05-06-2014, 09:10 AM
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I found this online also and it's what I want to build for my truck bed slider.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/...d=748834385001
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I saw that one too earlier and while it looks great, i think its too high and doesn't leave enough room for planes. great for tools though.

Really i would like to find an older slip in camper on the cheap that needs to be gutted. plenty of room and i would be able to stand in it! Over kill yes but wth... lol

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No updates since 2014?? Damm!!

Hoping to get a newer truck soon with an 8' bed...

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