Custom Oak Bed for a '53 Chevy pickup

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Project by Schwieb posted 04-08-2010 03:54 PM 9897 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an opportunity to take a paying gig and make a custom oak bed for my friend Tony’s pickup truck. I had a fun time working on this and just being with that neat old truck for awhile. I started from rough oak , milled a tongue and groove joint and recess for the stainless steel strips and fitted the bed; disassembled completely and finished it with a penetrating finish on all surfaces; drilled all the holes; assembled with stainless steel carriage bolts. I thought it came out right pretty, and quite a challenge given the various constrictions of the project.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 04:05 PM

great job! i had a 66 chevy pickup that i did a frame off restoration… well up to the point that it need painted and an new engine before i sold it to get back into woodworking! those old trucks can be tricky sometimes! as far as holes lining up and tolerances… the fit and finish wasnt what it is today! you do good work!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 04:23 PM

Nice Job! There is something oddly more satifying about doing an exceallent job on something that will be used. All the bangs, dings and scratches seem to be well earned. Might be a perverse pleasure but an honest one. Beautiful work.

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 05:12 PM

very nice should last a long time

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 04-08-2010 05:41 PM

Looks great. You wouldn’t happen to have any more pictures of the truck would you?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 06:20 PM

Great job! I have wanted to do this kind of projecy for many years… not just the woodwork in the bed, but the whole restoration. A ‘53 is perfect (the year I was born)

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#6 posted 04-08-2010 07:16 PM

You did a great job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 04-08-2010 07:18 PM

Great job. Nice to do small detail work like that.

-- He said wood...

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#8 posted 04-08-2010 07:19 PM

I realize this is a woodworking site, but I sure would like to see a photo of the truck.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 08:17 PM

me too Dale… My dream truck is a 52 or 53 chevy…. sigh….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 04-08-2010 08:23 PM

WOO-HOO !!!!!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 04-09-2010 12:14 AM

I love those old trucks, and to think you got to mix woodworking with one. Lucky Guy, Great work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 04-09-2010 12:27 AM

I remember making replace boards and entire replacement beds for older trucks when I first got started in woodworking. Worked for a lumber yard that had a shop. Did beds and replacements for a auto body shop.

Looks like a great job on the one you did…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 04-09-2010 01:17 AM

Love the bed – love the truck!


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#14 posted 04-09-2010 03:47 AM

Now that makes me want to go buy an old pick up. Terrific job!


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#15 posted 04-09-2010 03:32 PM

Very nice indeed. I have to do the same for my pa-in-law’s 1950 F100. Any tips? I noticed that you seem to have a tight fit. I live in Central FL and worry about the seasonal drenchings and how they might effect the fit. This may be unwarranted worry but I do want to get it right.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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