I have a sturdy fiberglass shell on the bed of my pickup truck. While it’s handy for storing tools and many supplies, I needed a rack on top to carry oversize cargo. I come from a nautical background, so I wanted my new rack to reflect my long-standing interest in finely crafted boats. This led me to the local boat-supply shop, where I found a good selection of teak handrails. They come in various lengths, depending on the number of loops in the handrail. Each loop is about 14 in. long. The rails I selected are the four-loop variety.
I attached the handrails to the roof by running screws with 5/8-in. washers through the fiberglass roof from inside the shell. The crossbars are pressure-treated 2x6s, secured to the handrails with a pair of U-bolts at each connection. Now I’ve got a sturdy, versatile roof rack that looks sharp, with lots of places to anchor a line.
Chuck Keller, Marblehead, MA
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #41