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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
2ManyTrucks #1411758 Fri May 28 2021 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 2ManyTrucks
Did the panel trucks get one big slab of wood but with routed grooves for the metal bits so it looks like individual planks but the solid board kept dust down for the enclosed cabin
Might have been a modification on later years of the panel
Thought I read that someplace
So one piece in a panel might be original
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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1432159 Fri Dec 03 2021 05:51 AM
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So, since I do not wish to redo my bed later, I was looking at teak or cumaru - ipe a bit pricey. All harder than white oak. I use mine to haul gravel/dirt/lumber/furniture. Any thoughts on the exotic woods ? Price not much more than oak.


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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
dbwr #1434696 Sat Dec 25 2021 05:14 AM
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dbwr Use hard yellow pine that's what they used painted black,or white oak is durable cause it's full of pith so takes weather better. Could use green treated plywood I think you can get it in 9 foot length ,black locust is good, not hickory or red oak or soft pine will rot to easy !!

Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1434918 Tue Dec 28 2021 01:11 PM
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I used 1 1/2" yellow pine dimensional lumber routered just like you would have the 3/4". 2x8's The edge boards on both sides are routered 3/4" deeper. I stained mine a light gray. You can bevel the tailgate ends if you want.

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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1435109 Wed Dec 29 2021 08:41 PM
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Is yellow pine available in thinner 1 inch or I was looking at Menards that have 2 inch in different lengths and widths ,would just have to cut it thinner .is the stock wood 1 inch meaning 3/4 actual thickness.


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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1435723 Sun Jan 02 2022 03:31 PM
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Check out this wood bed. I suspect it has not had a load of gravel dumped into it though.(Owner made it out of red oak)

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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1435904 Mon Jan 03 2022 10:11 PM
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y e a h ... (red oak). I want mine to look purdy, too, but
I'm gonna use it. Like getting comments at HomerDepot.


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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1435926 Tue Jan 04 2022 12:07 AM
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Yes to one inch finished lumber is 3/4 thick. At least for now...

Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1438136 Fri Jan 21 2022 01:29 PM
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Has anyone used Cedar? I am not much of a woodworker but my BIL is. We have a family farm with several planted Cedars that need to be removed, the price would be great (free).


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Re: What wood should I used for my 9' pickup truck bed?
James S #1438205 Sat Jan 22 2022 12:38 AM
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Cedar would be way too soft unless your intention is a trailer queen.


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