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Plywood rack for Toyota Tacoma Pickup

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Project by mls posted 04-02-2010 05:32 AM 8972 views 31 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well with the price of gasoline, I finally gave up and dropped down to a smaller sized pickup. But I still occasionally want to haul a piece of plywood and, of course, it won’t fit between the fender wells on a Tacoma like it will on a full sized pickup. So I designed a rack that stores on the wall of my garage but can be quickly dropped into the truck to allow full sheet hauling. I made it from cedar to keep it light weight. It snaps into the bed slots in the bed of my 2007 Tacoma so it can’t slide out of the truck once installed. There is room under the rack for items to slide under the rack too. It really works great! It installs in 1 minute flat and comes out just as quickly. So I haven’t missed the full sized truck at all and am enjoying much better gas mileage. The rack has tied downs on the underside so sheet goods can be tied in. It has really turned out to be a neat tool for me.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---





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ND2ELK

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 06:02 AM

Good idea. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 07:14 AM

Cool idea.

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 07:38 AM

Very inventive. Great idea and execution.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 10:17 AM

Nice design, thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 11:20 AM

Very cleaver, haven’t gotten smart enough to get rid of my full size yet… LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 01:56 PM

Great idea. I’ve been “toying” around with the idea of getting a Toyota truck, but I just finished paying off my full size.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 02:26 PM

Thanks for posting this. I’ll need to buy another truck before the next winter, and this just gave me one more plus in the small truck column.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 03:20 PM

This is a very creative solution. I’ll keep this in mind for my next truck purchase.

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 04:27 PM

niiiiiiiiiiccceeeeeee

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 04:49 PM

Better lock that down. Something like that is liable to walk away while you’re in the store.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 08:15 PM

Too cool!

Now if it ever stops raining outside I’ll build one for my ‘06 Tacoma.
I don’t suppose you have a measured drawing or a cut list?

Dave
My shop is so small, I have to go outside to change my mind.

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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mls

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 10:36 PM

No, sorry, Dave, no plans or cut list. This was another one of those “seat of the pants”, “design as you go” projects. But its pretty simple.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 11:57 PM

I suspected so.

My monitor/resolution isn’t too sharp. Are the corners half lapped?
Or should I ask how are the corners joined? Mortise/tenon, pocket screws?

Thanks,

Dave
The size of your shop is inversely proportional to the number of your tools.

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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mls

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 12:04 AM

Yes, you are correct, Dave. The corners are half-lapped. I used the 5/4 cedar decking material to make the rack. There are less knots and it dry, unlike the treated stuff. The 5/4 seemed about right too.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 01:26 AM

GENIUS! You need to share the plans!

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