So I decided to begin the DIY project of building my own tonneau cover for my 05 lariat 6.5' box. I wanted a hard folding cover and didn't want to spend tons of money. I know the amount of money I'm spending on making mine would easily pay for one of those crappy fabric snap on ones, but that's not what I wanted.
I've actually already started and am pretty close to being done. I'm in the final stages of putting it together. I've attached a few pictures of the items I'm using, along with one of the rails installed. I'll post more pictures as I get it done, hopefully better quality ones.
The basic idea is 4 panels (21", 21", 21", 15") hinged together. The one at the cab is bolted down and the other 3 fold together and end up resting on top of it. They rest on slotted angle iron that is bolted to the bed rails. The panels are 5/8" OSB that I had Home Depot cut. Now I know they don't exactly cut perfectly, but they have a better setup than I do.
I painted the panels black with "Premium Plus" Behr semi-gloss black. I haven't decided whether I'm going to paint hinges and bolt heads yet.
There will be 2 drawer style locks on the end by the tailgate. They will lock into some 2x4's mounted vertically at the end of the bed (see picture where they will go). I also plan on securing the 2 middle pieces down with something that's easily removed, such as a **** of some sort. I might use ones similar to the ones that hold the handles of a lawnmower together. Still working on that concept.
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