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Lazy man's Bed Wood
#1351044 Sat Mar 21 2020 08:52 PM
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Back in 2001 I had to do something with the rotted out bed wood. I was too lazy to go thru the exercise of installing correct planks with the metal bed runners between each piece of wood. Thought "Hey! what about a piece of plywood?" Oops, most commonly found plywood is/was 48" wide. The bed is 50". Argh!!

Then I heard about a local lumber yard that sold Ping Pong table wood which is 60" wide x 108" long x 3/4" thick. Yeah Baby!! Grabbed a chunk, brought it home and cut it to size. Pretty easy to install.

Still wanted the metal runners so I simply drilled the hole through the plywood and whoola!

Yes, the wood needs a sealer really bad and maybe this coming summer, I'll do that. Not bad for something I did 19 years ago, especially with all the gravel and rock the green turd has hauled for us.

The dark rubber sheeting up against the cab is my bed protector which lays out flat covering the entire bed when I am hauling rock, top soil, gravel, etc.

Just wanted to share....

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Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1351056 Sat Mar 21 2020 09:39 PM
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They'd probably not let you in Pebble Beach, but looks good to me. thumbs_up Nothing like a little "Stovebolter Ingenuity".


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Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1351565 Wed Mar 25 2020 01:29 PM
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Plywood that hasn't separated in 19 yrs is remarkable. Not even marine grade stuff. Clever chug

Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1351581 Wed Mar 25 2020 02:38 PM
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Simply wonderfully done. And it obviously great idea for a rather long term fix. Awesome

Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1367207 Tue Jun 30 2020 08:29 PM
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I wish I'd known about ping-pong table wood. I used standard 48" wide siding but added metal runners at the edges to hold it down and fill the gaps. The plate is for battery access.

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Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1367243 Wed Jul 01 2020 01:23 AM
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There’s many variations of 5’ x 9’ plywood available.
Just not found at the Box stores.
Marine / boat supply or lumber specialty distributors carry it or have it readily available.
I once bought a 5’x10’ x 3/4 “ sheet with sandy/pebble marine finish thru a boat restoration place.

Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1367268 Wed Jul 01 2020 03:28 AM
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Paint that baby dark green with the ping pong table white lines on it. Put a net in the middle too. That would turn some heads!

Re: Lazy man's Bed Wood
cmayna #1368175 Wed Jul 08 2020 01:26 AM
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Used exterior plywood in my '63 SWB but with cutting it into strips on the table saw, 48" was just enough. I also plowed a groove with the table saw in the edges for the metal strips to sit in. Installed and linseed oiled the daylights out of it. looked great all the time I had the truck.

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