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My homade tonneau cover.

I made it out of 3/4 inch plywood that i bought for $2.50 each at Lowes.

With my design i didn't have to drill a single hole into my truck.

I primed the wood, then painted 2 coats of Rustolium exterior wood paint, then wrapped that in thick black painters plasic for protection against water, and then i wrapped some black outdoor carpet around that. I used gate hinges (which are ugly, i plan to get another foot of fabric, and sew it over the hinges and the gap where the two bards meet.)

All in all it cost about 60 dollars and 2-3 hours of labor. Here's the results.

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Looks pretty good on there. How water proof is it?
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looks really good but i would be worried about it warping in the humidity
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pretty ingenious if you ask me...
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It hasn't rained on it yet, i just finished it last night, but i don't think it'll warp too bad if it does.

I can walk right across it (i'm about 200 lbs) and it doesn't even bend in at all.


And thanks for the compliments guys... i think it looks pretty good myself.


And about the humidity, i live in texas, it doesn't get too humid here very often...
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And about the humidity, i live in texas, it doesn't get too humid here very often...
You ant in east Texas then...
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North texas.

Dallas forth worth area.
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nice try though...i give that a few months...
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does it lock? looks good though for a home project
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nice. for now.
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i like that alot!
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Still purty darn humid 'round here. Try putting some bracing accross the bottom. a pice of 3/4 plywood will bow up even sittin on a flat surface. once it rains acouple of time, in a week or two, you'll be holdin water. Don't look half bad though.
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Not bad, actualyl looks pretty nice..! I think if it was myself, i woudl have bought a quart of herculiner and covered the entire board with it to help waterseal it.. the only problem then is rotting, but for the price, it sure beats spending the big money on a tonneau cover
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can you write up a how too and everything on that and show us all the stuff you did? i like your idea alot.
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Right on!!

I like when people think outside the box. You get creativity points for sure!!
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nice try though...i give that a few months...
To me this seems the exact opposite of Ghetto. He's trying something that I've never seen anyone do, he got it done for well under what it would cost to get a new one, and it looks pretty damn clean. It actually looks decent on the truck. IMO to be Ghetto it's gotta look like **** too.

I'm not sure if I'm totally sold on the carpet exterior but I mean it doesn't look bad at all from the pictures you posted.

But like everyone else has said I'm curious how durable it will be. You'll have to make sure to keep us posted.
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that looks good. the only thing is the hinges that kill the look when you cover them it better. 3/4 inch plywood for 2.50 for a sheet 4x8??
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for 60$ not bad at all.

I would have used aluminum or something to that effect tho.
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I would have ended up making it sit flush within th bed. Just weld some tabs or bolts tabs for it to sit on inside the bed rails so its a nice flush fit. But still pretty damn good looking. I want to do that to as $60 is better than $300 at first.
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that looks good. the only thing is the hinges that kill the look when you cover them it better. 3/4 inch plywood for 2.50 for a sheet 4x8??

You're the first one to question that.

Lowes (other places might too) does something called culling the lumber.

They take all the warped or damaged boards and sell them for 10 cents on the dollar. The wood would have normally been 25 dollars a sheet, so i got them for 2.50 each. The only thing wrong with them was one end of each was chewed up. I just cut off that end and used the good part.


I'll make sure to keep you guys posted as to how it holds up, if it still looks good in a couple months i'll write up a how to.
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looks good IMO. get some like hood struts or somthing so u wont have to use that stick all the time to hold it up and it'd be almost perfect.
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a guy at work actually gave me some spare hood strut things that he had laying around. As soon as i get them on i'll post more pics.
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Tonneau Cover

Just one ? you didn't drill any holes in your truck, but how exactly did you mount it?
Thanks, Doug
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To me this seems the exact opposite of Ghetto. He's trying something that I've never seen anyone do, he got it done for well under what it would cost to get a new one, and it looks pretty damn clean. It actually looks decent on the truck. IMO to be Ghetto it's gotta look like **** too.

I'm not sure if I'm totally sold on the carpet exterior but I mean it doesn't look bad at all from the pictures you posted.

But like everyone else has said I'm curious how durable it will be. You'll have to make sure to keep us posted.
ghetto to me is equal to redneck...

why spend X amount for something that wont last?

Its creative...props.

For 200 he could have something that was built to last...

humidity+rain+wind+wood=losing cause....
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Looks good, but like others I question its long term durability.
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