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Old 10-11-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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Default My DIY Tonneau Bed Cover

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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Old 10-11-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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Good idea, it'd be cool to make something similar to this out of aluminum diamond plate. I know it'd be expensive but it'd look cool and be strong
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I would love to do it out of diamond plate, but yes, that stuff is expensive.
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Subscribe!!!! Can't wait to see what u come up with.
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yeah diamond plate would be awsome. with good planning (measure twice cut once) i bet it would still be cheaper than buying a new one though.
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I would have gone with a different material for the cover portion. osb just isnt smooth and dont think even with the paint it will look that great for long. they make black plexiglass thats not so expensive and it comes pretty thick or heck you could fiber glass the osb and make it forever fairly easy.
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Maybe u can coat it with some diy bedliner.
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Yes OSB isn't ideal. It's basically scraps glued together. If it gets wet too much, it'll come apart. I used it cause it's cheap. 5/8" plywood is about $30. This OSB was $11.50. If the concept works well, I'll probably upgrade to a better material. I'll cut it myself very carefully so it's more precise. And yes socal399, I'll use some liner. Thing is, DIY liners from a place like Harbor Freight is like $100 for the kit. The black paint I got was $37/gallon. I was really trying to cut costs on version 1. The hinges were $3.67 ea. The ones I wanted to use were $8 ea. I used that slotted angle iron which was about $10 ea, instead of aluminum angle iron at $20 ea.
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Yes OSB isn't ideal. It's basically scraps glued together. If it gets wet too much, it'll come apart. I used it cause it's cheap. 5/8" plywood is about $30. This OSB was $11.50. If the concept works well, I'll probably upgrade to a better material. I'll cut it myself very carefully so it's more precise. And yes socal399, I'll use some liner. Thing is, DIY liners from a place like Harbor Freight is like $100 for the kit. The black paint I got was $37/gallon. I was really trying to cut costs on version 1. The hinges were $3.67 ea. The ones I wanted to use were $8 ea. I used that slotted angle iron which was about $10 ea, instead of aluminum angle iron at $20 ea.
Hey I was just at walmart and bought a can of Rust-Oleum® Truck Bed Coating. it comes in a rattle can for like 7 bucks. im going to spray my hitch and ball with it. but anyways i saw that the had a gallon of the same stuff, for like 37 bucks. great price for a bed coating. heres a pic of it. u should check into it
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You may be able to find stainless steel diamond plate cheaper than aluminum, just a thought if you ever wanna upgrade down the road
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