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Project by MikeDe posted 441 days ago 2095 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know that all projects should be made out of wood
But without this project I could not get any wood
With my wife’s insentience I bought this “Small SUV”
Then I found out that the rear window does not open
and I could not haul any wood longer than five feet.
With my old SUV with the rear open I hauled many pieces eight to ten feet long.
The front section, made out of wood attaches to the
clips on the back of the rear seat that are for attaching
a baby seat. The rear section, Made out of 1 1/4 square
aluminum tubing fits into the 1 1/4 receiver. I made the
height of the Tee section so that the wood rides somewhat
level. The strap holds the hatch down on the load.
When not in use it hung on the wall out of the way.
This setup could also be used on any Hatch Back vehicle





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Tootles

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#1 posted 441 days ago

Very clever. It just goes to show what can be done when the need to do something is great.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 441 days ago

I used to have one similar to yours that I bought to haul my Kayak. Worked well for hauling long boards in my pickup also.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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BBF

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#3 posted 441 days ago

Well at least you didn’t do it this way. http://www.wraezor.com/gdawn/overloaded%20car.jpg

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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wood_maestro

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#4 posted 441 days ago

Maestro likes it!!!! Great idea

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 441 days ago

Our of necessity comes good ideas. Nice job!

What you did reminds me …...

Many years ago picked up two 32 ‘ft. aluminum gutters at the lumber yard with our 1984 Chevy Cavalier wagon.
I propped open the hatch with a stick and tied a large H that I made from 1”x3” onto the front grill to hold that end of the gutter up. I tied the gutters on the roof rack an watch the yard guy’s scratching their heads as I drove off with them.

Thanks for sharing… Loved it !

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 440 days ago

Is it iron? I thougt it is wood :)
Is it aloud to transport your wood this way?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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stefang

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#7 posted 440 days ago

Nice solution. Probably not a big problem, but having an open hatch while driving can suck exhaust fumes into the car. I do it myself on occasion, Last time yesterday in fact, but not for long trips. Just good to be aware of.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 440 days ago

Thanks Mike
I understand the fumes issue and I should of mentioned that.

I only had to go 4 miles down the road and with all the windows open it was a breeze!

Edit.
I hope MikeDe had his windows open too!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 440 days ago

That’s a good idea. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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TheDane

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#10 posted 440 days ago

Pretty neat solution to a problem a lot of us deal with!

My next vehicle is going to be a pickup truck … I just need to sell the idea to SWMBO.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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patron

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#11 posted 440 days ago

whatever works is good
your solution seems to fill the bill right

i used to have an suv that i made a rack that rode i the ski rack slots
worked great (the engine froze in indiana and i had to abandon it)

when i got home i had a little ford escort
and since it was already old and beat up
i made a rack myself and just thru bolted it thru the roof
(with rubber washers between it and the roof)
right close to the columns that make up the roof support
with fender washers and lock nuts inside
and added some boat cleats with tee nuts for tie downs
and got a trailer hitch rig online to hook up my small utility trailer
works good so far
i can carry 20’ 2×12 and all the framing materials i need

and made it 50” wide and can carry up to 10 sheets of OSB or sheet rock

what ever you come up with sure beat this way of getting supply’s to work with

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Francois Vigneron

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#12 posted 440 days ago

Neat. I like the green cushion in the 1st pic to protect the door/wood when it bounces around. I would add a reflecting red triangle on the shaft to increase the awareness of John Stupid the tailgater & as insurance disclaimer. Thanks for sharing. I think I am going to build one.

@Dutchy: In France, I believe that the legislation requires a reflecting surface at less than 39” (=1meter) from the end of the load. It has to be reflecting surface, not just a red cloth. I guess it’s similar all over Europe (and probably in the US too) but the 1m limit might change from one country to the next.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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