How to Build a Wood Truck Rack

by Steve Smith
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A wood truck rack transports ladders, canoes, siding and larger pieces of wood. It is an essential necessity for contractors and adventurers. A simple wood truck rack is installed right inside of your pick-up truck and it is a project that will take a weekend or so to create.

Step 1

Measure the distance from the bed to the top of the roof over the cab and add a foot. Square cut two 2-by-4 boards to this measurement using a miter saw or table saw with miter attachment.

Step 2

Measure the width of your truck bed and add one and a-half feet to this measurement. Then cut two more 2-by-4 boards to this length.

Step 3

Attach one of the 2-by-4 boards you cut in Step 1 to the end of the boards you cut in Step 2, using 3 inch wood screws. Use the angle braces and 1-inch screws to reinforce these boards along the seams. The longer horizontal board will overlap the vertical boards by about 8 inches. The result is a large U-shaped rack.

Step 4

Install the rack in the bed of your truck using metal anchor bolts. Then cut another 2-by-4 board to the width of the truck bed and lay it between the vertical rack posts. This board adds strength and support. Use 3-inch wood screws to attach this support to the posts.

Repeat Steps 1 to 4 to build another U-shaped rack for the back of the truck and install it in your truck bed. Then brace the two racks with 2-by-4 boards cut to the length of the truck bed. Use wood screws to secure the support boards to the rack.

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