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.
Stacked for storing in the garage.
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