High Capacity Truck Rack

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 05-18-2012 11:58 AM 6047 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In yesterday’s blog post I forgot to mention that I am building a kayak rack for my truck. This is the second time I have built this rack. The first time was in 2006 when I retired from the Army and couldn’t afford to purchase one so I searched the web for one made of wood. What I found was this great design on what was then known as workbench magazine now known as My Home My Style Magazine.

Back then I was driving a Ford Ranger and now I am driving a Nissan Frontier so now I need to make the height change for the new vehicle.

There are several great things about this design. First it cost about $100 dollars to make and second; using the new hammered metal shaker can paint it looks like it’s made of metal.

Note: The measurements that are on the full size cut out are not correct.

I hope that you consider using this pattern if you need to transport a boat or even more fun WOOD. Cheers
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#1 posted 05-18-2012 01:50 PM

Thanks for the link.I will use this to transport my WOOD boats (kayaks) even more fun.

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 03:59 PM

One of the few woodworking projects I built prior to my current shop was a canoe rack with removable sideboards for my 2000 Ford Ranger. The whole shebang was made of cedar, and the design was simply put, not anywhere near as fancy as the one shown… The rack was simply cedar hoops that slid down into the truck bed stake pockets, that I had drilled and inserted T nuts (into the cedar legs). I would run a bolt with a rubber gasket and fender washer into the T nut and draw the rack tight. The Sideboards were basically a series of 4 ’” wide dog eared cedar fence pickets bound together and then wing nutted to the uprights of the rack.

The whole rig would allow me to carry 2 Pelican Excursion 146 DLX canoes, paddles, paddling gear, camping gear, coolers, and camp fuel. Including one of those huge Camp Kitchens from Cabelas, for group camping trips. I typically would carry gear for 6 to 8 people, and we would go camping with a group of 20 to 30 people. It was an adult singles social group. This was before I met LOML… I need to build a canoe rack for the F150. I can leave the sideboards off though. I don’t plan on hauling anyone else’s camping gear for a while…

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