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Old 01-08-2007, 08:24 PM
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53-56 wood bed kit search

I'm about to strip the wood from my 54 1/2 ton. Did a quick seach on LNC, Mid-Fifty and other sites and find the cost for oak about $380 and the stainless strips about $200. That's outrageous. What have some of you done? Any plans to buy out there to make my own? We're all competant with tools or we wouldn't be doing what we love to do - build trucks! What are some alternatives (i.e polished aluminum diamond plate) to laying out those big bucks?
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I thought some of the synthetic lumber made for decks might be interesting.
Have you priced out that much aluminum diamond plate if you think wood is expensive...?
Do you have a lumber yard that carries hardwood nearby? you could have the lumber milled locally. Maple or cherry isn't too expensive (Maple with a dark colored truck, cherry would be gorgeous after it ages) red oak would be another inexpensive attractive hardwood choice and readily available, the shipping is what drives the price up.
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I thought some of the synthetic lumber made for decks might be interesting.
I just finished a job at a place that makes synthetic lumber,in Olive Branch,Ms.They make the 'boards' at this particular place out of shredded plastic grocery sacks and sawdust.When the lumber comes out of the process,the stuff that breaks or is otherwise unusable is dumped in a pile outside and sits until it cools then is ground up and run through again.Right before Christmas one of the piles caught fire.That stuff burns like nothing I've ever seen before (looked like someone threw gasoline on it) and the smoke is very bad,toxic-smelling and thick.If you use any for a truck bed,be sure to shield the exhaust pipes and muffler well it looked like it burned a little too easily.

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Check out a few of the forum sponsors for the stainless strips. I think you'll find what you need. The wood is standard 3/4" thickness which you can get at most home centers/lumber yards. Then cut it down to width. Then, you can mill the edges of the wood yourself - it's actually pretty basic. Recessing the large round hold down holes is probably the most challenging thing. It's all about the right tools. A router table or router with an edge guide will do the edges of the boards. A table saw could also be used if that's what you have. A hole saw of correct size is fine to make a template out of to run a router in with appropriate bit to route the big hold down bolts.
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A proper sized forsner bit in a drill press would be even easier than a router template. If it doesn't need to be real pretty I just use an inexpensive spade bit in a hand drill to recess nut or boltheads. wrap a piece of masking tape around it to use as a depth gauge/stop.
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I got sticker shock at those, too. Made my own, took an afternoon. You'll have to find a buddy with a good table saw and dado blade if you don't have them. http://www.clubfte.com/users/earl/Re...%20This%20Page has the "recipe". It'll be the easiest woodshop project you ever did. I bought some beautiful red oak at a local lumberyard that specializes in hardwoods, cost just a little over $100. Below is also a good site that has extensively tested different finishes on bed boards. Bottom line, none work that great, the boards are gonna turn grey after a couple of years.... http://www.mar-k.com/wood_finish_testing_i.html
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Smile bed wood

Dennis Carpenter has the kits in unfinished oak. They are cut correctly, and come with the hardware. They also have the metal strips.

I bought a set two years ago for a fussy friend who drives a '54 F100 as his daily driver. After I stained and waterproofed the wood, he had no problems installing it.
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Many times items are shipped using a wooden pallet.
Many times these pallets are made using Oak.
Take them apart.
Remove the nails.
Clean them up and cut to your dimensions.
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Not many pallets as long as a truck bed though.
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There's a guy on ebay that has been sellling oak kits for some time now...$208. Seems he thought that the price from the vendors was too high as well and decided to make a set for himself...others saw what he did and now he's in business. I can't vouch for his workmanship but how hard is it to cut wood to size and notch the top edges.
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Another option is to go to a good hardwood store and buy a sheet of marine grade plywood. They should have several different woods, including teak, oak, maple, etc. that can be used. You can then route out for the strips and use whatever metal you want, such as stainless steel, aluminum, which you can get from your local machine shop cut to the right sizes.

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Making my own bed wood. I was quoted $65.00 for 40 bd. ft. of white Ash from a local saw mill. You can use ANY hard wood..... stain it the color of your choice. If youre not hauling anything other than lawn chairs and coolers, you COULD use a softer wood. You wont save that much money though. (soft wood VS. hard wood) Watch out for Home Depot/ Lowes etc. 3/4" AINT 3/4" anymore. I had thought about 7/8" furniture grade plywood too. Dado grooves and glue and screw some fake bed strips in.
As for bed strips..... I'll be using steel bed strips painted body color or silver hammerite. Havent decided yet. I'm NOT spending over 200 dabloons on bed strips.
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There's a guy on ebay that has been sellling oak kits for some time now...$208. Seems he thought that the price from the vendors was too high as well and decided to make a set for himself...others saw what he did and now he's in business. I can't vouch for his workmanship but how hard is it to cut wood to size and notch the top edges.

You'd have to ask my brother-in-law...... coffee came out my nose when I read this.
If you and 2 buddies went to his place to watch him cut a pine 1"X6"....... one of the four people would go to the emergency department.
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Question for everyone, did all these era trucks have the metal strips between the boards? After removing the metal diamond plate that had been retrofitted into my '54 F-100 at some point, from the remaining boards it looks like they were just tongue and grooved together.

Oh another question, could someone please give me the dimensions of the boards and how many it takes to span the bed? I am a 2 or 3 years away from working on my bed but since the topic has come up, I thought I would ask.
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