I thought I was going to work on my truck bed project today but it was kind of raining off and on so I postponed it till tomorrow. It's too bad because today was in the 70s and was really comfortable to work on a project like that, but tomorrow's supposed be in the 80s so it shouldn't be too hot to work outside.
Like I said yesterday I'm going to raise my plywood bed up about a foot off the floor of the truck so I can level it and store things under it. My first idea on how to raise it was to cut one foot pieces of 2 x 4 and screw them under the corners of the plywood to hold it up. But upon further consideration I started thinking that was going to add more weight to the bed and make it more difficult to store because of all those pieces of 2 x 4 sticking out of it. So this morning I had a different idea.
I got to thinking that instead of using 2 x 4s that were screwed to the plywood why not make some Styrofoam blocks and rest the plywood on them. This would not only save a lot of weight when I have to install or remove the bed, it would also give me more storage options for the bed because the Styrofoam blocks and the plywood bed itself could be stored separately.
So to test this out I went to Home Depot this morning and bought an 8 x 4' sheet of Styrofoam insulation, like you would put on the side of a house, which I intend to cut into pieces, glue them together into blocks and custom fit them to each corner of the plywood. And since the two pieces of plywood are hinged in the middle that means I've got eight corners to deal with.
Since I've got plenty of Styrofoam this will give me the opportunity to try the bed at different heights and see if that makes any difference in what little comfort I'm planning on having.
Since next weekend will be the last weekend that the tourist are running around Colorado clogging up our roads and breathing our fresh mountain air, after that weekend it will be a great time for me to visit Rocky Mountain national Park. So I really need to get my bed project sorted out by then so I can give it a real world test up in the mountains.