As the time swiftly approaches when we will be moving into our first home, it becomes painfully apparent how many unfinished tasks remain at my current residence. We have some finishing touches to complete on the upstairs bathroom, (yes still!) The Wife is working on preparing some outdoor furniture for the new home, and my self-appointed task for the weekend is to get a hefty start on a new cargo rack for the Tacoma.
The initial catalyst for this project was the gift of an aluminum extension ladder from my in-laws, which is effectively longer than my little short bed, double cab.
As I began the sizing and design of the structure, I wanted to ensure flexibility for the future. The main design consideration was adaptability. For the moment, I will be transporting a ladder, in the future there is the potential for cargo such as Kayaks, plywood or over-sized drywall sheets, lengthy lumber, or camping gear if the bed is occupied with Mountain bikes or other equipment. I would also like the structure to have the ability to transform into a sleeping platform or even a housing for the metal truck storage box I already own but currently cannot secure to the bed.
I will primarily be constructing the rack from wood, probably salvaged, and basing the decision of finishing methods upon the quality of wood I am able to find. The idea is for this structure to be easily removable, weather resistant, durable, and to look good doing it. My initial thought was flat black for the lumber pieces, but I have been toying with the idea of a clear coat sealant or even a tinted varnish. Any thoughts?
I plan to begin collecting supplies and commence construction this weekend so look out for photos and updates!