Were you thinking of mounting the 2x12 where the Trail Rail system would go? If so there is a good thread in here where unistrut is used to make a DIY trail rail system for ~$130.No. I’m thinking a 2” x 12” board divider to mount things to, like a molle panel, but made of wood. I’m also wondering if E track end sockets would help in some way. I can’t wait until my Gladiator comes in next week so I can do some actual experimenting.
I ordered an E-Track system that I’m going to bolt to the 2’x12’. System rails, and anchors clips came to $72. 2’x12’ will run me about $15. $10 for can of bed spray and I have a system for tie downs for less than $100.Were you thinking of mounting the 2x12 where the Trail Rail system would go? If so there is a good thread in here where unistrut is used to make a DIY trail rail system for ~$130.
BTW: I had my Gladiator in the ADKs over the weekend, up in LP.
I'm doing the math in my head and I'm trying to figure out your comment about the 2x8 board. If you stack two 2x4s, the height should 7" (right?). Shaving a 1/4" off a 2x8 would yield a height of 7 1/4" (I think?). Realizing 1/4" of an inch isn't a big deal when stacking sheets of plywood, did you find 7 1/4" was better than 7"?Made this bed partition/grocery holder/plywood-drywall holder in between zoom meetings today (it was at lunch time! in case my boss asks - he owns a JL).
Owner's Manual call for 2 2x4's but why go that route when you can use a 2x8 and trim 1/4" off of it.
I may add holes and slots for bungee cords to tie smaller things down after figuring out what I use and need the most (only got the truck yesterday).
If anybody wants to take some of the guessing game out, see below for measurements.
Cut one 2x8 at 57 5/8" in length. Cut the bottom corner (3/4" in, at 45 degrees - that'll allow the piece (and weight on top) to rest on the bottom of the bed, not the rounded corners.
Then the handles were made with a 2 ½” hole saw and a jig saw.
I then rounded everything over with a router and gave it all a quick sanding before painting.
For carrying sheet materials, you'll also need a 2x4 cut at 50" long. Laying flat, you will need to trim the corners coming in contact with the bed for the same reasons we cut them in the other piece.
This took me 45 min from start to finish (I even made a second set for a friend). I didn't use treated lumber as this is a quick fix for now and my bed cover is arriving later this week. It’ll do the job for now until I come up with a nicer and better design.