Introduction: Taking Measurements
Okay this step is by far the most important, but leaving a little leeway is a good idea too. I can't remember what exactly we measured and the truck isn't with me so all lengths are my approximations.
The four measurements are:
The width of the bed, which was around 4-5 feet
The length of the wheel well protrusions, this the longer forwards to back one which is around a foot and a half. (I'm referring to this board as the supports from now on)
The width the wheel wells come out, this being the shorter one less than a foot
And lastly the angle of the wheel wells. We came up with 45*. Angling it isn't necessary as it is for aesthetic purposes, but we found out that because of this the bags pushed it upwards. To fix this we simply placed a bag on top of it once finished.
TIP: For the scalar lengths we suggest leaving around a half inch off what you measure so it is tight, but this way you could take it out easily in the off season.
Step 1: Chopped!
Next step in taking shape is to cut the width and the support beams. When marking the angle on the board it is important to remember that the longer side of the "trapezoid" is what you measured for the support's length.
Step 2: Screw This!
No literally... (My sincerest apologies)
Laying out all the boards on the floor is likely the easiest way to line them up.
Mark in on the main boards the sideways width of the wheel wells, this will be the edge of the board.
I suggest two things when drilling these: to predrill as end grain can crack easily, and a second set of hands to hold the board while you drill and screw it in. Plain and simple really, the zoomed in photo does a good job of describing it.
Step 3: Crossing Our Fingers It's Not Too Wide...
Phew it fit! Lastly fill it up with your bags of sand. For a quarter-ton truck like this the gentleman at our local hardware store suggested 200-250 pounds, but larger trucks need more weight obviously (ie ask google what your vehicle would need)
All in all this was a quick and easy project that took at max 2 hours including store time and came out better than expected.
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8 years ago
If you have a heavy snow just fill up your bed with the snow as you clear your driveway. Added weight and you don't have to remove it when it warms up, it just disappears.
Reply 8 years ago
I've heard of a few people I know doing this and they really liked. Almost makes me wonder if there is a cross between the two, maybe tanks of water. Just a thought. Thanks for the comment I appreciate it!
Reply 8 years ago on Introduction
Just seeing this, and tanks of water can be tricky. If any sloshes out or the tank isn't filled fully and water can move side to side when you turn it will make the problem worse.
8 years ago
For some odd reason my intro was deleted but here it is, it has parts and some background. Thanks-Andy
Intent: To build a simple and cheap way to prevent sand bags from sliding around in the back of a truck.
A little bit of background, my friend called me up a few days back to help him with a project for his new-to-him Dodge Dakota. He showed me a photo of a bracket similar to this but we made a few changes for simplicity sake.
2 8 foot long weatherproof 2 x 4
5-6 50 pound bags of play sand
8 decking screws
Miter saw or any saw that can cut a 2 x 4
Drill and bits
A pair of helping hands (preferably attached to a living person)