4 pressure-treated 12 foot 2 by 6 boards
4 pressure-treated 8 foot 2 by 6 boards
Box of-3-1/2 inch long galvanized screws
8 half-inch carriage bolts, 4 inches long with nuts and lock washers
Carpet strips, 6 inches wide the width of the pickup bed
8 half inch lag bolts, 4 inches long
3/8 inch eye screws
2 spring clamps
Staple gun and 1-1/2 inch staples
Carpenter Speed Square
Drill and drill bits
© 2011 by Tom King
|Very solid work by Chris Wheaton|
Scott sent me the pictures below with this note, "Thanks for the great plans. Built this over Memorial Day weekend. Very happy with the results - though it is HEAVY! That's okay, I'd rather err on the side of over-built anyhow."
|Scott screwed some eyebolts into the frame for holding his bungees.|
|In a pinch you could nest a couple of kayaks up there too.|
Love the pictures guys. Thanks for sending them. - Tom
Got this idea from Michael P. Nobrega in Otter River, MA:
Thanks again for the truck rack design; I had lots of fun building it this weekend for my new F-150.
I made a few design modifications in order to make it portable for one man to handle.
My design is a knock-apart system and it requires no tools to install or remove the rack.
The rack system consists of six pieces which can be effortlessly assembled/disassembled.
The front and rear frames are one-piece rectangular assemblies while the four side rails detach easily.
I used 1/2" threaded bar through the uprights with a nylon locknut/washer on the outboard side and a wingnut/lock washer on the inboard side.
I added 2" PVC pipe to the top of the front and rear frames to make loading and unloading a breeze. Just bore the pipe and screw with 3-1/2" exterior decking screws.
This system carried several construction staging planks without making a squeak!
See photos attached.
You can see how the wingnuts let you to remove the long boards leaving just the two end frames to lift in and out. It's quick with the wingnuts. You can store the whole thing against a wall in the garage and assemble it in minutes when you need it.
Here's a closeup of the wingnuts. A long drill, but doable with a long bit.
- Great idea, Mike!
Here's a version built by Kevin Leroy Froese that maintains stability by raising the lower lengthwise supports above the wheel wells. Looks great! Kevin is using the rack to carry his fishing boat.
This past week Keith Taylor sent me pictures and a really excellent video of his own version of this same canoe rack. Keith added some metal brackets to his truck to hold the up rights and built the whole thing with 2x4's and lag bolts. It allows him room to load up his ATV under the rack with canoes on top. He adds some width to the crossmembers so that the rack will carry two canoes side by side. The whole thing can be disassembled for storage and reassembled for carrying the boats. Here's the very watchable video Keith sent me of his very clever adaptation. Enjoy...
Lovely work, Keith.