Since I got my Coosa, I’ve wanted to be able to store it on top of my truck, or at least out of the bed for extra bed storage, and also so I could park with it. It also allows me to keep it on top of my truck 100% of the time, making the urge to get on the water that much harder to resist.
About two weeks ago, I decided to take on this project. With the help and supervision of my father, I built this truck rack out of only two by fours, Elmer’s wood glue, and deck screws. This project should not take more than an hour.
The materials needed for this project are as follows:
- 8 2×4″ boards (You may need 9-10 if you plan on messing up.)
- At least 3″ deck screws
- Elmer’s Wood Glue
- 1 Grape Fanta
Tools you might need:
- Table saw/Skill saw
- Measuring tape
- Drill bits for pilot holes
Now that the boring stuff is out of the way, on to the doing it yourself.
Start out by measuring the distance across the bed of your truck. Luckily, my bed liner has notches in it specifically for 2x4s, so I measured from there. From there you need to decide the ride hight of your kayak, or whatever else you are deciding to place on your rack. I chose 2 inches above the roof of my truck to allow me some wiggle room just in case. Cut boards accordingly, and start the assembly process. Apply wood glue to the places where the wood will meet. Drill two pilot holes into the wood, and then screw the decks screws into the holes. At this point you should have an “L” shaped piece of lumber. Do the same for your other two boards, and then attach them in the same manner to your first “L.” Do this once more for the other end of your bed.
Now that you have your vertical supports, you need something to hold them together. Measure across, from the farthest edge of one board, to the farthest edge of another. Cut your board, and line it up on the two verticals. Start with the bottom, and apply wood glue, drill holes, screw screws, wash, rinse, repeat.
At this point, you may feel like your rack is sturdy enough for a typical kayak, and it probably is. I added diagonal supports for added strength, and because I have some later plans for them, which I will post about later.
Use your table saw to make 45 degree angled cuts on the scraps leftover from the verticals. I would say it again, but I don’t feel that I need to. Attach the boards.
At this point, your rack is complete. I plan on painting mine, and adding a 4″ ABS or PVC rod tube, which I will do another post on later. You might want to add eye bolts to tie down with, but my bed has them already.