Small pickups have advantages over their larger brothers, and in the case of Mike in Missouri, he decided to trade the cargo space of his big truck for the efficiency of a Toyota Tacoma. Unfortunately, the Tacoma’s wheel wells cramp the bed space and don’t allow for full sheets of plywood to fit inside.
A mechanical engineer by trade, he quickly sorted out a solution: a foldable plywood rack that slots in and out of the existing space as needed. With a minute’s notice, he can assemble the rig to carry 4×8 stock, complete with hooks for tiedowns and space below for other items.
Check out his entry and writeup on the project on lumberjocks.com – no specifics about the plans are listed, but some tips are available in the comments section.
Put a rear wall (hinged door with lock) on the bottom of this and you’ve got a DIY tonneau cover.