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Tell You How to Build a Plywood Rack for Your Pickup Truck

Instead, build these plywood racks that increase the carrying capacity of your truck and keep your wood clean, too. Hauling a full 4 by 8-foot sheet of plywood from the store to your home is a task best accomplished using a pickup truck. It’s what they’re made for. But just tossing plywood into the bed can leave marks on it, and it’s not an efficient way to pack your truck.

April Wilkerson of the YouTube channel and website Wilkerdos recently bought an old truck that she loves, but the condition of the truck bed left a lot to be desired. She designed these steel plywood racks to rest on the side of the bed and extend from one side to the other. This will allow her to carry a full sheet of plywood as well as store tools and other materials underneath.

This was her first project using a new mig welder and was built using 2-inch flat bar, 2-inch angle iron, and 1 1/2-inch steel tubing. She spent a couple weeks practicing different welds before finally starting the project.

The two racks can be installed and removed by one person and are held in place with a pin that bolts the rack to the bed of the truck. Many modern trucks have slots to drop a 2 x 4 into that serves the same purpose of raising plywood off the bed, but this is the perfect solution for older trucks that are still doing work.

Check out Wilkerson’s website for a tutorial and more information about building this rack.


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