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Virtual Designs in Sketchup #11: A 'Sheet Sled' (for your Truck)

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Blog entry by rance posted 999 days ago 4831 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was spurred from David's thread in searching for a way to haul plywood in a small truck. I came up with a ‘Bed Sled’ and kept modifying it. I thought rather than taking over his thread, I’d offer it here.



Notice the Grocery Bag corrall up front.

 

The ‘Z’ system in the center is hinged and can be folded up and laid flat. When set up, it sits on top of and locks in place(with a half lap) over the rear support. The rear support sits on top of and locks in place(also with a half lap) with the rear cross beam. The cross beam keeps the ‘Z’ from sliding out of the back of the truck when you drag race home from the BORG.

2×4’s, a piece of ply, and some hinges.

No plans per-se. Building procedure:
  • Cut the length of the rear cross brace to fit snug side to side at the rear of the bed.
  • Build the ‘Z’ rails to a length to fit tight between the front of the bed and the rear cross support.
  • Build the rear center support the same height as the ‘Z’ unit and half lap it to the bottom of the plywood in the ‘Z’ and half lap on TOP of the rear cross support.

 

A closer view of the half lap arrangement.

Also notice the addition of a center support block to prevent sagging.

 

You can also see here where a rope can be attached to the ‘Z’ to keep the sheetgoods from falling out.

Note: This was an earlier snapshot before I flipped the ‘Z’ around. Build it like in the first pic so your groceries will be on the driver’s side up front. You want them on the rigid side, not the floppy side of the ‘Z’. Also note that the rope should be tied to the left REAR, not the left FRONT.

 

On the way to the lumber yard.

 

Diassembled.

 

Stacked for storing in the garage.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--



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David

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#1 posted 999 days ago

Hmm… looks familiar

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 999 days ago

Looks pretty good & clever…

There is something I’d think about doing though…
1. Put a Cross piece across the Open(back) end… to make it more sturdy & to prevent flexing.
2. Extend the Center notched piece all the way to the piece just added & mount to it.
Just seems like it would stop a few Forces from causing trouble…
I’m no engineer… that’s just what hit me when 1st looking at it.

You’re having FUN with SketchUp! Wish I had the time to really LEARN that program… it’s SO strong, it boggles the mind.

Thank you.

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Craig

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#3 posted 999 days ago

I might worry about the weight and wind load on the cantilever section. The only thing preventing uplift on the section of the tongue in the truck is the weight of the wood. Add some wind back there trying to lift it and you could be dragging…If you could lock the diagonal portion of the Z to the front-to-back pieces, maybe with a hinge on one side and a pin of some sort on the other, the wedge fit might be enough vertical restraint.
Great idea and work in sketchup!

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rance

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#4 posted 999 days ago

Thank you for the comments and suggestions. Yes David, but with more changes. :) Joe, if it is built snug, I wouldn’t worry about it too much, even on the trip TO the lumber yard. Actually, a single screw from the cross brace into the lefthand ‘Z’ rail should do it. Or just a small block on the cross brace. I added a pic showing the tailgate to show how the rear center support would really be supported. Craig, I meant to include that the center plywood was hinged. I updated the original post. I’ve added a pic of it all folded up.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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lilredweldingrod

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#5 posted 999 days ago

rance, how about a length of 2” sq. tubing in the hitch receiver and put a T on that?

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 999 days ago

Hmm. I like a project and all that by why not put one edge below the wheel well and let the other edge stick up over the side edge of the truck? and if sagging is an issue then work on some sort of prop for the center.

After that, a bit of stiff plywood sticking out the back isn’t much of an issue. And I’m wondering. Is the bed only 60” with the tailgate down? That would indicate a bed length of about 48” which would be unsual. I have a short bed chevy and with the gate down it’s 8 ft. The Tacoma has a 5 or 6 ft bed. Depending on model and with gate should be close to 7-8 ft. I also carry a bunch of long bungie cords too.

Is this a project for projects sake?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Craig

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#7 posted 999 days ago

i didn’t mean any disrespect, just wanting to prevent an accident. I need to learn sketch up, you did awesome. I work in Microstation but not in 3D. Structural engineer by trade, so maybe anal? Again, nice looking project and drawings.

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rance

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#8 posted 999 days ago

That would work Rand. C.O.T.L, if you lay it up against the side, the corner by the top of the tail gate can gouge into the sheetgoods. Craig, none taken at all. :) I appreciate you pointing the hinge thing out. I’m still finding new ways to use SU. It sure beats drawing on a napkin once you get good at it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 999 days ago

“C.O.T.L, if you lay it up against the side, the corner by the top of the tail gate can gouge into the sheetgoods.”

Tape the corner, or tie a rag to it, or place an old sheet of plywood underneath it, or if you want to build something simpler make a small rack that is wedge shaped and lets it tilt like I described.

This sort of reminds me about that old story, interesting even though it’s not true..

Nasa needed a pen that would work in a weightless environment without the ink backing up. They spent a million dollars inventing a pen that pushed the ink to the tip Hence we have pens that can write upside down today. The Russians solve the problem a different way. They used a pencil.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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rance

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#10 posted 999 days ago

Yes, I tend to over-engineer things. I build it, then I come up with a better/easier/simpler way like you have. But at least I don’t have a ziilion hand-planes with more on the way. :D Hey, thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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