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$50 DIY Rear Drawer Upgrade!

August 19, 2018   |   By Liam Arthur $50 DIY Rear Drawer Upgrade! - image Capture-11 on https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/news

You may be the most organized at your camp, but you are probably wondering if there are any good ways to stop your gear rattling around inside the back of your 4WD when you are hitting the corrugations or deep rutted sections of track.

Our team have put our heads together (it hurt a little bit) but we have come up with a couple of epic solutions to stopping your gear from bouncing around. We all like a quick D.I.Y. project but the one we have come up with is a real ripper. It’s so easy that even the kids could lend a hand and help you out.

We are going to show you how to set up an adjustable drawer divider set-up that you can adapt to your Titan Rear Drawers for even more versatility and organization!

These will only take you a couple of hours to knock up with a drill, a grinder or a hacksaw and a few basic hand tools. Better yet, it’ll cost you less than $50.

 

BITS AND PIECES

Most of us have a couple of bits of scrap ply or pine board left over from one of your last projects that you didn’t know what to use it for. Well here it is. So all you have to do is buy some 25mmx25mm aluminium angle or a handful of 90 degree brackets, some screws and marine carpet (or you could use paint instead).

 

WHERE TO START

First up, remove your Titan Rear Drawers from the back of your 4WD and measure up their internal space to see how many dividers you need to create.

When you know what you want to do you can then mark your angle into pieces about 30mm lower than the top of the drawer area this will make sure that nothing catches the top of your drawers when you are opening and closing your setup.

 

 

BRING OUT THE BIG GUNS!

When you have all of your measurements for the dividing pieces of timber and the locations of your angle bits established you are ready to trim everything!

You can use a grinder with an aluminium cut off wheel and cut your the aluminium angle to length. Once it has been cut, clean all the burs off the angle ready to use, you can also use a hacksaw if you aren’t equipped with power tools!

After you have your brackets ready, mark and cut the ply to the be 5mm narrower than the drawer internal width and 30mm lower than your Titan Rear Drawer so when you cover them in carpet they are still easy to remove and refit.

 

 

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Once you have your angle and ply cut to size, it’s now time to spray your contact glue to the ply and cover it neatly in  an offcut of marine carpet, if you don’t want to go this far, you can just hit it with a coat or two of dark spray paint,

Then measure and mark the sides of your Titan Rear Drawers and start screwing the angle to each side in a back to back configuration in 400mm intervals. Make sure you make them slightly wider than the thickness of your ply so they slide in and out nicely (the exact thickness will depend on whether they are carpeted or just painted). This is so you can change your drawer configuration in a matter of minutes, depending on who is going away and what you have to take. The spacing can of course be changed to suit your needs.

 

FINISH THEM OFF

Here’s a cool finishing touch. Secure the first divider in place close to the door and fit some foam to that section so you can cut holes out to allow your knives, forks, salt and pepper or even your knick knacks to poke into the foam and be in easy reach when you need them without jingling throughout your drawers!

WHAT IT COST US

12mm ply $0 left over piece from old project

25mmx25mmx1.4mm aluminium angle $19.80 from the local hardware

Marine carpet 2 sq. meters $19.85 from local hardware

Screws $3.25 from local hardware

TOTAL: $42.90