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I know this is going to seem crazy but I need help with the most absolutely basic project. On the link below you can see a sleeping platform that someone built for the back of their truck. I want to do the same thing but I honestly do not even know the first thing about carpentry. I called a couple of carpenters for quotes and they were talking about $500 worth of labor to do this which was very surprising. I understand people have to run a business so I guess they just cant be doing projects for only $100. Either way I have to do this myself or hopefully find someone who can help. Is there anyone in the area who can help me out with this. I will pay for all of the materials and of course pay you for your time. I want to make something really nice with a nice finish, round out the edges, carpet it, etc. Should be a couple of hour project at most I would think. Let me know your feedback.
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Hi Guys,
I know this is going to seem crazy but I need help with the most absolutely basic project. On the link below you can see a sleeping platform that someone built for the back of their truck. I want to do the same thing but I honestly do not even know the first thing about carpentry. I called a couple of carpenters for quotes and they were talking about $500 worth of labor to do this which was very surprising. I understand people have to run a business so I guess they just cant be doing projects for only $100. Either way I have to do this myself or hopefully find someone who can help. Is there anyone in the area who can help me out with this. I will pay for all of the materials and of course pay you for your time. I want to make something really nice with a nice finish, round out the edges, carpet it, etc. Should be a couple of hour project at most I would think. Let me know your feedback.
Thanks!

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...ading-up-my-road-trip-alaska.html#post6610780
It does look simple enough. With those pictures, you should be able to knock it together in no time. Look at all the money you'll save.






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Hi Guys,
I know this is going to seem crazy but I need help with the most absolutely basic project. On the link below you can see a sleeping platform that someone built for the back of their truck. I want to do the same thing but I honestly do not even know the first thing about carpentry.

Should be a couple of hour project at most I would think. Let me know your feedback.
Thanks!
You state you do not know the first thing about carpentry and yet you feel this is a couple of hour project. What you "think" and what it takes can be very different.

I am not surprised at the quotes. Lots of unknowns and some of the details can be time consuming.

The link has some useful pictures, but cutting the ends to fit within the curves/angles of the truck bed can be time consuming.

The board for the length/join of the plywood is easier. Did you intend to use a steel plate or some other joint. Joints can be time consuming.

Good luck with the project.
 

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You state you do not know the first thing about carpentry and yet you feel this is a couple of hour project. What you "think" and what it takes can be very different.

I am not surprised at the quotes. Lots of unknowns and some of the details can be time consuming.

The link has some useful pictures, but cutting the ends to fit within the curves/angles of the truck bed can be time consuming.

The board for the length/join of the plywood is easier. Did you intend to use a steel plate or some other joint. Joints can be time consuming.

Good luck with the project.
I was just using that as a guess based on what others who have built them have said. I honestly have no idea. I can see how shaping it to fit the truck bed can be time consuming.

What do you think is my best bet here? To seek out someone to help or try to tackle it myself?
 

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I was just using that as a guess based on what others who have built them have said. I honestly have no idea. I can see how shaping it to fit the truck bed can be time consuming.

What do you think is my best bet here? To seek out someone to help or try to tackle it myself?
I would tackle this myself. Hard to say whether you should tackle yourself. I have the tools I would need. Not sure what tools you have or can borrow.

Getting the side-to-side boards to fit the truck shape is likely going to need some hand chisels and a mallet. Measuring the shape to cut out is trial and error.

Cutting the boards to length is just a simple saw cut.

You have to decide on the joint between the middle board and the ends. You could just do a half lap wood joint. This would also need hand chisels and mallet.

Cutting the plywood is best done with a circular saw and straight edge.

Cutting the carpet is sharp utility knife, straight edge and sacrificial board underneath.

Attaching the carpet can be glue or preferably stapled to make it easier to replace.
 

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I say do it yourself, It's a great beginner project. Besides the $$ savings you'll have bragging rights when others ask about it. I don't know where you are located but if you can't barrow tools most can be rented now days at your local material supply place. As far as the joint goes. If you ar planning to leave it in the truck you can always just use some store bought angle brackets and screws to attach the center braces. Good luck with the project. Be sure to post pictures when you have it done.

BTW if you run into a snag along the way we are always here to lend some advise to talk you thru it.
 

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That looks like a lot of work to tie into the side of the bed. I think it would be easier for you to run some 2x6 or wider (2x8), lengthwise for support like a platform bed.
It will still leave storage underneath and could be removed easily.
That could be a 2 hour job with a circular saw.
 

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Where in NF are you Im in St. Marys Georgia just cross the border
 

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A couple of sheets of cabinet grade plywood..
The big box stores are selling maple and 3/4 oak for $45 - $60 per sheet. Not cheep. :)

Take a close look at his pics and look at your truck bed. Doesn't it have the recesses for 2x6's to fit across in several places?

Might have to brace it from the bed up to the crossmembers.
 

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If you are going to cover it with carpet, you do not need cabinet grade plywood, but you should use 3/4". It is waaaaay cheaper.
Sounds like an easy job, but longer than "a couple of hours".
$500 seems a bit much.
 

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I am in Jacksonville. So pretty close. Any ideas?
Yap it looks easy but need to see a picture of the back of your truck tho
 

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That looks like a project that a friend with a few tools would help you make for some beer. A pro might have to charge that much because he'd have to make it on site to fit the truck bed with minimal fettling, which would be more of a chore for him than it'd be for a buddy.
 

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The bed liner has ready formed pockets to support the boards built right in. Buy the plywood at Home Depot and let them rip it to size on their panel saw, and all you'll need is a circular saw and a staple gun. The hardest thing will be the center support. Take it to anyone handy enough to drill holes in a plate of steel and gouge out a couple of recesses in the wood and you're all done.
 

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I agree with Bigbull, it is a great starter project, and that way when you are finished you will have started yourself on the way to the woodworking hobby...you think $500 was a lot HA! Wait 'til you get bitten by the "hobby" bug. If you need help or advice we have lots of that here. ken
 
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