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TM reader and photo pool member JDWires posted a photo of this simple rack he build to help cart large sheet stock home without damaging his car.  It’s made of one 8′ 1×6, two 8′ 2x4s, some screws, and old carpet strips. 

As we’ve said before, we love this kind of commitment to the DIY ethic.  It’s inspiration to us all: don’t let a little thing like not owning a truck stop you from getting the job done.

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5 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: A Custom Car-Top Sheet Stock Rack

  1. Mark says:

    Nice, but how is it held down? The old arm out of the window? The force on sheet goods (or matresses) (from air coming off the windshield) at highway speeds is enormous. Maybe it is an (sub)urban legend, but I once heard a piece of plywood flew off someones car roof and decapitated some in car some distance behind.

  2. Joel Wires says:

    I cut the 1×6 in half and propped it up with a clamp. Then, I used a compass to mark the offset curve of the roof. Cut them out on my bandsaw and notche the top for the 2×4’s. Really simple. Really quick. I slapped it together in about an hour and a half or less, because my wife was waiting to go with me to get the wood for her new bathroom cabinets. 🙂

  3. Quentin says:

    Simply awesome! I’m going to build one just like this for my car. Then I won’t have to buy a truck!

  4. Joel Wires says:

    I used some adjustable hold-down straps with the end hooks holding on to the top of the back window. I forgot to take a picture of them before I unhooked the straps.

  5. TL says:

    I built something similar in my pre-truck days. One word of warning is be careful not to overload it. A sheet of 3/4″ plywood is heavier than you think. More than a couple of them can easily dent a car’s roof just from their weight. Not that it happened to me or anything.

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