Truck bed riser for carrying plywood

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Project by IcemanSam posted 05-10-2008 01:42 AM 9227 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My pickup is too small to carry plywood flat. I decided to build a platform to rise above the wheel wells. This is the finished project. I know it’s not a “woodworking” project, but it helps me get the sheetgoods home. It’s a simple 2×4 frame with eye-bolts for bungie cords to hold down the sheets. The cross member in the middle locks the whole unit into the truck bed fitting into one of the pre-formed slots in the liner. I did use half-lap joints for the board crossing the unit towards the front of the bed so the sheets can ride flat. I have used it once so far and it works perfectly. Amazingly helpful.

-- Sam, Texas

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 02:29 AM

Nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 02:58 AM

Great idea. I currently have a 1/2 ton but with the price of fuel have been thinking of other options.

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 03:26 AM

That’s a great way of doing it. You can even carry 5’ square baltic birch.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 03:50 AM

Great idea Ice, Thats why Gary likes it so much, he’s the master of invention around here. He might even be a little jealous he did’nt think of it first. LOL. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 03:53 AM

Nice idea, Sam. I’ve been thinking about making something similar for my small trailer, so the lumber yard can fork lift lumber onto it, without worrying about the sides of the trailer.

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#6 posted 05-10-2008 04:02 AM

Great solution!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 05-10-2008 04:08 AM


This is a nice project that is quite useful for sheet goods. I built something similar when I had a Ranger but it wasn’t anywhere near as nice as this.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-10-2008 05:10 AM

Genius, sheer genius.

Woodworkers are problem solvers for sure.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 05-10-2008 01:42 PM

Nice solution! Although you did commit the mortal sin of a woodworker buying a pickup that wouldn’t hold a sheet of plywood in the first place. Now say three hail marys and sin no more!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 05-10-2008 02:37 PM

Thats using your head. Sheet genius! I have to say I would have never bought a small p/u for the reason miles states…but with todays gas prices…I would trade my full size for a small truck with your invention!


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#11 posted 05-10-2008 02:44 PM

I’ve also done this similar thing in the past. Works great. But this is a project. It’s forming wood into a useful product. Or, if you want to call it a jig…We like jigs too. LOL. Great idea. Believe it or not, I get as much inspiration from a simple jig as I do from a grand piano. (Not really, Gary…LOL). At least I might be able to build a jig.

-- JJohn

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#12 posted 05-10-2008 03:10 PM

Great WOODWORKING PROJECT! I thought about doing this too but the few times I’ve hauled sheet goods they fit pretty well sloped toward the front of the bed with the opposite end proped up on the tail gate. However, I have had to place a couple of 2 X 4’s under flimsier sheets. Maybe this will give me motivation to turn those 2 X’s into one of your frames. Thanks for posting.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#13 posted 05-10-2008 03:43 PM

This was a fun WOODWORKING project (thanks jjohn for reminding me of that) and I am happy to hopefully have inspired. Thank you for all the great comments. Sorry Gary. lol

-- Sam, Texas

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#14 posted 05-10-2008 09:36 PM

Ive seen something similar to this, but it was made permanent. The guy put 3 drawers under it that ran the length of the bed. he water sealed the top with rubber matting. He keeps just about every thing in them and it stays dry. at the same time it leaves the top half of the bed free for ply wood or what ever elce.

-- bryano

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#15 posted 05-11-2008 01:58 AM

Nice going. Great way to adapt, improvise and overcome! Uurraaaahhh!


-- 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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