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10-14-2011 07:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: transporting plywood

My problem is I’m going to need to transport some full (4’x8’) sheets of plywood from the big box store (Menards in this case) and the largest vehicle I have is a double cab tacoma with a small bed. The dimensions are ~40” between the wheel wells, 57” between the sides of the box and the bed length is ~60”.

My primary concern is protecting the hardwood layer from scratches and dings. One thing I’ve considered is building a cradle for it out of a standard sheet of ply that I can attach to the bed and a blanket to protect the finish.

Has anyone come up with any creative solutions for this problem? Pictures are of course appreciated.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/


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#1 posted 10-14-2011 08:08 PM

I had a feeling that would be one of the responses… the next truck I buy will be a nice big Tundra with a monster V8 and a full bed, but for now I don’t have that luxury.

How about I set a budget limit of $100 :)

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 08:13 PM

I’ve just put a blanket on the inside portion of the bed of the truck, lenaed the plywood on it, tied it down, and driven off. Then again, I usually wasn’t getting the hardwood veneered ply. Didn’t seem to scratch anything for me anyway.

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 08:33 PM

I have the same problem with my S-10. What I do is put the tail gate up and place the plywood so that one edge lays on the front floor of the bed, and the other end rests on the tail gate. That way, the plywood has only two contact points. If I’m concerned about marking the ply, or damaging the front edge I put a moving blanket around the front to protect the edge, and a piece of cardboard or carpet over the top of the tailgate. It doesn’t need to be tied down because the natural airflow will hold it down.

Normally I don’t sweat the edge because in most cases it will be trimmed away anyway, and usually the edge already has a ding when I get it, or will get one in the shop.

Someday, I’m going to make a rack out of 2×4’s that will rest in the cut-outs in the bed to support the plywood in a flat plane above the wheel wells. In this case the tail gate will be down. In this situation everything will have to be tied down so the plywood doesn’t slide out the back.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 08:34 PM

My Chevy S10 has places on the side to put 2×4’s so you can slide the wood over the wheel wells.

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#5 posted 10-14-2011 08:47 PM

@landog http://www.toyota.com/tundra/
Yes, it’s a truck.

@ajosephg I like the idea of building a rack that sits in the bed. I was going to build one anyway to use as a sort of rough cut panel saw, perhaps I’ll just build it to accommodate both purposes. For now you’re right though, denting the ends isn’t really a concern.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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#6 posted 10-14-2011 08:48 PM

“How about I set a budget limit of $100 :)”

In that case I’d just throw in a sheet of cdx or chip board to throw on the bottom. Heck, you can always use it somewhere.

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#7 posted 10-14-2011 08:55 PM

Rent a 4×8 trailer. The bed in those double cab mini trucks are mostly useless for hauling building materials.

Maybe design and build a rack that fastens in the bed, that will haul your sheet goods over the roof level of the truck. I had something like that in a 6’ box Ford Ranger I had years ago…

Please, next time, buy American. We need the jobs. Don’t check the badge on the hood, check the country of origin stamp on the door sticker…

Oh, FWIW, my ‘04 F-150 6.5’ box I simply lay the tailgate down, load my lumber, and secure it with ratchet straps to the cargo tie downs… I hate feeding it, but I love having an honest to goodness full size pickup….

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#8 posted 10-14-2011 09:02 PM

You should have slots to put 2X4 so you can slide the wood over the wells.

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#9 posted 10-14-2011 09:08 PM

Yes depending on the year model of your Tacoma, you’ll have places on the sides to lay a 2×4 flat across the bed just above the wheel well that will support a 4×8 sheet of plywood. I’ve got a 2006 with the 6’ bed and I have these spots for that.

I just wish Toyota would have put the same ties downs on the bed of the truck at the front and the back. Mine just has a set at the rear of the bed, plan on installing another set at the front so you can make an “X” with the straps over the plywood.

-- James

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#10 posted 10-14-2011 09:17 PM

I’m thinking about a two level rack that will support sheet goods on the top level, and boards on the bottom level. It would extend out the back of the bed and at the very back have an end gate thingy that would flip up to keep the load from falling out.

In the meantime just get a two by and cut it to fit the bed cut outs and tie the ply to the bed tie-downs.

-- Joe

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rance

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#11 posted 10-14-2011 09:29 PM

The ‘Bed Sled’. 2×4’s, 1/2” ply, and some hinges. Way less than $100. Build to suit your dimensions. I’d make the ply 1/4” shorter than the 2×4 frame so it wouldn’t tend to scratch what you put on it. You could also line the tops of the 2×4’s with a strip of carpet.

And it folds up for easy storage.

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

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#12 posted 10-14-2011 09:40 PM

rance, that is a very cool idea you got there. And I assume it can even be made to fit one of those Toy trucks. :) Sorry I just had to say that since I really like landog’s fix for the problem.

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#13 posted 10-14-2011 09:51 PM

LOL! Absolutely Richard. :) Like it was mentioned though, you have to feed it.

Here I’ve added a back cross brace(loose, not attached to the rest). It wedges tight against the back of the bed to keep the ‘Bed Sled’ from sliding out onto the road. “Why would it do that?”, you ask? Because I also added rope tie downs to the front-most edge to keep your new purchase from falling out.The length of the ‘Bed Sled’ would now need to be the length of the bed minus 1.5” for the 2×4.

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

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#14 posted 10-14-2011 10:03 PM

I don’t think mine has the 2×4 supports, I’ll check though, that will be the easiest solution. I really like the ‘bed sled’ idea, compact and very functional. I’m thinking I could build some kind of triangular support that attaches to a 2×2 square steel support extending out of the trailer hitch. That should give a good solid fixed point so nothing can slide out. I smell a weekend project coming on…

Regarding the “buy American” comment, all I’ll say is this. I will happily sell my truck (that was assembled in TX) and buy an American brand one when you get rid of all your non-American made tools and buy American equivalents. I’ll start a non-shop talk forum later tonight if anyone is interested in continuing the discussion.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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rance

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#15 posted 10-14-2011 10:06 PM

Looking toward the tailgate, you can see from this angle that the rear 2×4 is just sitting on the bottom of the bed. No need for 2×4 supports like you’ve seen.

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

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