Jigs and Such #3: Getting the Lumber Home

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Blog entry by Chris Moellering posted 01-13-2013 12:59 AM 2060 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We recently crossed a milestone at our house. We are no long a minivan family after almost 18 years of having one. This makes the wife quite happy and she really likes her new Kia Soul.

However, I lost my way to haul stuff home from Lowe’s.

So, I got to thinking and looking. I just can’t justify a truck…

So I decided to see what I could do with my roof rack on my Kia Rio. I have a rack that I use for my kayaks, so it was just a matter of ripping a 2×6 I had laying around in half, drilling a few holes and and using some of the rack hardware. I added some small pieces on the end to be an extra tough agains the plywood sliding.

Worked great on it’s maden voyage.

3 sheets 3/4” plywood and 4 2×4’s safely home. I even got a complement from someone in the parking lot on my ingenuity. Load was very solid.

However, I do only live about a mile from my nearest Lowe’s, so my top speed loaded was only about 40. But I think it would perform at highway speeds, as long as the sheet good were thick enough to not “flap” in the wind.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 01:17 AM

All you need is a rocker up thar…. Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. It works.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 02:20 AM

I used to use a Subaru sedan (back in the early eighties) to haul 16’ 1×12 whitewood 40 miles on Interstate 95.The most we ever hauled was twelve of them strapped to the top of the car. It could get a bit scary at moments. I had a few times I thought we were going airborn…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 03:41 AM

Please watch the load and speed.
I have had to look at too many pictures of accidents where people have been carring stuff on top of cars and vans.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 07:26 AM

I’m impressed. You have tie downs I usually just have the family hold the stuff down with thier arms out the windows. Sometimes they can be such a bunch of whiners…...........................

-- mike...............

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Chris Moellering

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 11:22 AM

Thanks all. Yes, I’m careful. 3 sheets of 3/4” is the limit of what I’d put on it. I’ve been hauling stuff on roof racks since I got my license. I only ever had one mishap, carrying some folding tables once and had to get on the brakes hard for something. of the three tables I had, the one in the middle slid significantly forward. Lesson learned.

If I was going to haul on this setup farther than the mile to Lowe’s, I’d probably add a strap from front to back just in case of such contingencies and to minimize any flapping in the wind.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 12:06 PM

In reference to Roger’s post

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 12:41 PM

Another good solution to a problem encountered by a LumberJock.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 02:39 PM

Yeah, any further I would suggest strapping the front of the load to the front bumper, to prevent it from flying up and over. The car that is, it’s light!!! Lol. Serious about the strapping!!!

I happen to have access to work trucks: 1/2 Ton PU, a 1-Ton PU and a dualie Dump Truck, along with 16’ & 22’ trailers. But should I need to, your arrangement would work on my “Cute Ute” Mazda Tribute.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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