DIY Truck Racks?

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  1. CharClothed

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    Looking to make my own truck rack out of wood. Looking to make it look pretty but be sturdy as all hell and functional. To hold a couple kayaks, wood, metal maybe, or anything else. Will bolt most of it but would love to do different joints maybe.
     
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    My advise would be to weld as much as possible, especially if you are taking it offroad for any reason. I bolted on mine to a trailer and took it camping. It came apart before the end of the camping trip because the road to the camp site was so rough.
     
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    Might be able to do something cool with plywood. Laminate up several sheets of marine-grade plywood with high strength epoxy, then cut to make the shapes you need & bolt/screw together. Look at what's possible in plywood boat building. The epoxies they use are very strong & waterproof.
     
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    I have seen it done and have seen them fail a lot!

    Harbor Freight has a reasonably priced steel ladder rack that will hold both my kayaks.

    I use it daily for ladders, lumber ect...

    Your going to be suprised at the cost of wood and hardware in comparison to a steel rack.
     
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    I had one for many years that I made out of 2 x 4s and carriage bolts. Every year or so I would treat it with Thompson's Water Seal and tighten the bolts. It cost me about 25 bucks and it lasted through three separate S-10 pickups.

    These are the only pictures I could find of it from those analog days. I still have the same Old Town canoe, though.

    (1995 looks like Ancient Times doesn't it?!?)


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    What ever you think that we'll work best for what you have. And how much $ you have to put in to it. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    $300 is not in my budget for a rack.
     
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    Ladder rack at Harbor Freight is $89.
    Use the 20% coupon and it's $72

    I have used it everyday for 8 years and it's still going
     
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    Very doable, and pretty simple. You'll only need to learn probably two joints. A Mortise and Tenon drawn in with dowels, and a dovetail or half lap dovetail.

    Look at "Building a Workbench with Paul Sellers" on youtube. A truck rack is basically a workbench without the top.

    I built a work sort of general purpose workbench with no screws, glue, nails or anything. All wood joints. It was a very fun project and I was very happy to learn what can be done without hardware, without a lot of complicated joinery, and with simple hand tools. I did cheat and use an electric drill for some of the drilling, but a hand brace would work just as well.
     
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    From what I can tell the $89 rack only expands to 34 inches. It wouldn't work for my Old Town.
     
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    That sounds about right. I have my kayaks on their side so they don't need that much space.
     
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    I built mine out of wood. Cost about $60 and I didn't need to learn any joints. I screwed and lag bolted it together. It's still pretty new, but so far so good. My canoe sits on it in the yard when not in use. When I need it I ratchet strap the canoe down to the bed, which holds the rack down by default. Mine is basically a wood rectangle with two 45 degree supports on each leg.
     
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    Here's a picture of mine...

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    I like the utility of this one and will for sure be taking aspects from it.
     
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    PVC Pipe truck racks are quick and simple.
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    I love it. And if it's done right, it could be a giant water tank. But that'd be a emergency thing. I'll have to go with this for sure.
     
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    This is the one I made for my last truck. All 2x4 and screwed together. It held up for a couple years till I took it apart when I got a full-size truck.
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