Topper Update

Here are a few images to clarify some questions about the wooden topper.  It is not a work of art.  It was to be used for a single field project last summer but now I really like it so it will be a permanent part of the rolling home.

topper1Here’s the overview sans roof rack.  It has received about five more coats of spar varnish after a good sanding.  It is built from recycled lumber so there is some small shrinkage checking and a little discoloration from some mold or fungus but it hardly visible.

topper2Tacomas really suck for attaching racks and toppers for a couple reasons.  The top rails of the bed are plastic over some fairly unsubstantial metal and there are no stake holes.  There is however, the nifty rail system inside the bed that is secure.  To attach this topper, I used some construction straps from the Big Box Store which are screwed in behind the rails.  This is the forward view, blemishes and all.  The rope is for hanging up wet stuff like towels, swimsuits, etc.

topper3Here is another strap at the aft end utilizing one of the bed bolts in a reenforced spot.

topper4And finally, here is an image of one of the knee braces that are screwed and glued to the frame to strengthen the door area.  I hope this helps if someone else wants to construct something like this.


About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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8 Responses to Topper Update

  1. Covey Barbee says:

    I was wondering what is in the back box next to the stovepipe?

    Covey (musingsinhtx on tumblr)

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for the update!

  3. Bill Skoros says:

    I know its an old page but how is it holding up? Does the varnish need to be redone every so often?

  4. Tim says:

    Im thinking of building one for my truck, since its 15 yrs old n hard to fine a
    cap that will fit. Is there anything you would do different if you were to build
    another one? Looking for ideas

  5. Gene Groshon says:

    How much do you think it weighs? I’m tempted to build one for my Silverado’s 6.5 foot bed but would need to take it off to haul some stuff.

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