On my truck I have a standard cross-box style tool box. It’s your basic aluminum box that I got at Tractor Supply Company for around $300. It carries my roadside stuff, basic hand tools, ratchet straps, etc. Since it’s just one big open box, nothing is ever organized…until now.
I started with some plywood trays. Most truck boxes have a lip about half way up where you can add a tray. The plastic trays at Tractor Supply are about $40.00… um not gonna happen. I used 1/2in plywood that I had on hand and made two simple trays; one with a middle divider, one without. They were made with glue and brad nails, super quick. If you make trays be sure to allow clearance for the tool box latches. I had to notch out a place for the latches so I have to make sure the trays are positioned correctly when closing the lid.
Below the shelf that the trays sit on I made an awesome divider system. I took two pieces of 1/2 inch plywood cut dados in them every 3 inches. Once that was done I glued them to the inside of the tool box with some Liquid nails. My dividers are made from 1/8 inch hardboard.
This is the best thing I’ve ever done for my truck. It seems like I can hold twice as much AND I can find it! Watch the Video Below