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bed wood options #740325
Mon Apr 18 2011 05:51 PM
Mon Apr 18 2011 05:51 PM
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Hawkguy54  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 22
Des Moines, Ia.
What if one were to use a single piece of exterior grade oak plywood as a bed with strips bolted through. What are the pitfalls of this idea snd how should the wood be finished?

Re: bed wood options [Re: Hawkguy54] #740406
Mon Apr 18 2011 10:35 PM
Mon Apr 18 2011 10:35 PM
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bowtiefan  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 111
Greenwood IN
Thats what I did, cept I used cabinet grade since I have alot of that on hand. Sealed it with epoxy (also have lots on hand), and bolted SS strips down on it. Did not rout grooves...wanted the strips above the wood for protection.

Re: bed wood options [Re: bowtiefan] #740540
Tue Apr 19 2011 05:33 AM
Tue Apr 19 2011 05:33 AM
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Britcon  Offline
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Joined: May 2004
Posts: 1,337
Birch Bay, WA
Toughest thing would be sealing the edges and holes well enuf to prevent water getting in and swelling / warping plywood. Also with oak ply, you don't get the grain variation you see with individual planks. Veneers are pretty thin surface. Make your own planks. I bought 1 x 6 & 1 x 8 dressed Oak at a wood worker supply place for around $ 125.00. Grooved the edges with a table saw.

Re: bed wood options [Re: Britcon] #740546
Tue Apr 19 2011 05:54 AM
Tue Apr 19 2011 05:54 AM
1958GMCnut  Offline
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Langley BC Canada
delamination of plywood is a certainty.....


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Re: bed wood options [Re: 1958GMCnut] #741275
Thu Apr 21 2011 04:07 PM
Thu Apr 21 2011 04:07 PM
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jomichael  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2005
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Vero Beach, Florida
What are your reasons for wanting to go that direction? Durability? Beauty? Ease of installation? What is your goal?

Re: bed wood options [Re: jomichael] #741288
Thu Apr 21 2011 04:51 PM
Thu Apr 21 2011 04:51 PM
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Builder  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,944
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
If you are trying to do this with as little work as possible, just throw the plywood over the top of what is there. If you have to take it all apart to put the boards in, and you are just using the truck for a driver or a "not for show", just get some 1 by's and cut them to fit. I believe the instructions can be found here at the bolt or at Mar-K (look in the upper left of this page). I just used some good construction lumber and used a good UV resistant deck finish on mine. Replacing the boards as they were from the factory will eliminate a ton of squeaks and rattles too. http://www.mar-k.com/bedwooddimensions.pdf

Re: bed wood options [Re: Builder] #742615
Tue Apr 26 2011 03:05 PM
Tue Apr 26 2011 03:05 PM
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gazim  Offline
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CHARLOTTE MICHIGAN
Mine is done that way and 4 years old(I keep it garaged)
still looks great. I did seal it top,botom and sides. Ieven inset the strips as normal on a table saw. Dado blade.


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