LumberJocks

Jigs and Such #3: Getting the Lumber Home

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Chris Moellering posted 594 days ago 1366 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Router Insert Modifications Part 3 of Jigs and Such series Part 4: True ZCI for my Table Saw »

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+



8 comments so far

View Roger's profile (online now)

Roger

14398 posts in 1438 days


#1 posted 594 days ago

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. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

View HerbC's profile (online now)

HerbC

1162 posts in 1494 days


#2 posted 594 days ago

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

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

View Bigrock's profile

Bigrock

237 posts in 1597 days


#3 posted 594 days ago

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.

View redryder's profile

redryder

2139 posts in 1736 days


#4 posted 594 days ago

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...............

View Chris Moellering's profile

Chris Moellering

224 posts in 1282 days


#5 posted 594 days ago

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+

View Ross's profile

Ross

110 posts in 607 days


#6 posted 594 days ago

In reference to Roger’s post http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0_XAPku7SgE

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

View clieb91's profile

clieb91

3270 posts in 2569 days


#7 posted 594 days ago

Another good solution to a problem encountered by a LumberJock.

CtL

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

View DIYaholic's profile

DIYaholic

13335 posts in 1309 days


#8 posted 594 days ago

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 procratination a bad thing?

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase