|Project by EarlS||posted 08-27-2015 12:17 AM||2249 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
A friend of mine has been restoring a 1967 step-side Chevy pick up for the past couple of years. He wanted something a little more interesting than the typical wood truck bed for it. We looked through the online sites where you can buy the finished beds (expensive!!!) and he finally settled on walnut. We hand selected some pieces that had good figuring and color. Making the boards was fairly straight forward using plans he found on one of the truck sites. The boards were finished with 3 coats of Watco walnut Danish oil, 6 coats of high gloss spar varnish with 600 grit wet sanding between them. The final coat was sanded out to 12,000 grit and then finished with Behlens finisher which is an amazing wax product.
The truck bed is secured with stainless steel strips that fit into the recessed slots in the boards.
He has showed the truck 3 times and won “best in class” for it at one of the shows and a Top 25 at one of the larger shows.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"