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Well, I've been waiting for this weekend and it's finally come and gone. Been itching to fab a bed rack ever since I saw Boxrocket's. So, first off, thanks for the inspiration Boxrocket.

First time welding in my life. Taught myself as I went. :eek:

Practice weld #1...Realized the tip likes to jump around a bit. :D



Practice weld #2



Practice weld #3



I thought I caught on pretty quick. It was good enough for me so I continued on.

First I drilled bed to attach brackets which I did not make.



Then measured and cut pieces.



Attached brackets then tacked in first two pieces of rack



Tacked the rest in and began to weld. Seemed to fit pretty good.





Close up of corner...not "too" bad, right? :confused:



Here it is all welded up



I have some grinding to do to clean things up a bit but I'm happy with it. I also have to weld in some flat bar steel to attach my tie downs. And have to weld some bolts to attach hi-lift on one side and weld a mount for shovel and axe for other side...but that's for another weekend

All in all...it was fun and a good learning experience. Can't wait to finish it off and start another project. :D Thanks to BoxRocket for this design and all others who has given me tips on welding.
 

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Looks good for a first try; might want to slow down travel speed a touch and use a back and forth motion the get that "stacked dimes" look on the bead.

Where are you in PA? I grew up in Bucks County and miss Yuengling bad...
 

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Looks good for a first try; might want to slow down travel speed a touch and use a back and forth motion the get that "stacked dimes" look on the bead.

Where are you in PA? I grew up in Bucks County and miss Yuengling bad...
Yeah, I did know to do that but at first I couldn't quite make it happen. After about 10 or so welds I managed to make a few real nice welds that actually are flatter and have the stack of dimes look. I found that inside corners were the easiest. I didn't take any pics of those. Sometimes I get sick of dicking around with pics when trying to work.

I'm near centre county. I'm all yuengling'd out. Drank enough of that to sink a battle ship in my earlier days. Used to love it though.
 

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Looks good for a first try; might want to slow down travel speed a touch and use a back and forth motion the get that "stacked dimes" look on the bead.
Slow down the wire speed and clean/ prep the metal better.
^ a good point and a good habit
thanks guys...I'll do that. I did notice that good clean metal helps a lot. I have to admit, I got lazy...and being rushed for time...caused me to slack on preping the metal at certain times
 

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Looks good for a first project. Not to be a safety nerd, but would recommend at least wearing safety glasses with the chop saw. A face shield isnt a bad idea either.
 

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Looks good for a first project. Not to be a safety nerd, but would recommend at least wearing safety glasses with the chop saw. A face shield isnt a bad idea either.
Look closer, I have glasses on. They are sun glasses but they did the job :D
 

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Looks good. I just finished mine the other day.
 

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constructive criticism... don't take it personal

the cool thing about learning how to weld... is...
...nothing's cast in stone...
and most times you can return to make correction/improvement...
...without scrapping the whole project ;)

I don't know how much weight you plan on that holding...

But if it were mine...
I'd likely beef 'er up a Lil'

In the picture below... I circled a couple things...
I would think to improve upon... if it were mine.
I'd likely include a some extra metal for a stronger support...
and the lesser possibility of fatigue issues later down the road.



The upper stand off angle(s) would get some additional fish plating,
(triangulation) to give that angle more strength.

And for the four individual mounts at the bed rail surface...

I would choose to tie those together with a single (longer)
rail mount... combining both mounting feet into a single (ea. side).
^ this would offer better load distribution IMO...
...to what I consider a rather weak sheet metal/bed rail.
* with excessive weight/load at those single points...
...could cause the bed rail to become malformed from overloading.


^ regardless... yer learning new skillz...
and your efforts will be rewarded with practice

so... have fun with it ! :D
 

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TacoDell...I can see the fish plating being a good thing. And I'll probably end up doing that. I have some extra steel left over that would be perfect for that.

But about the four feet. I know our bed rails are kinda flimsy, but most of the weight is distributed on the inner corner (or 90) of the bed rails. Which is stronger than one might think. I sat on it while it was attached to the bed and it seemed pretty solid. But I only weigh 156#. :p

I will not be loading the rack up with too much weight. I actually made the rack to get the light stuff outta da way so there's more room in the bed for the heavy stuff.

So...I will heed your advice...for the most part anyhow. :D
 

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in te fabrication thread. Title is bed basket.
 

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build similar to yers... w/some differences



...not sure what the RR ties are for tho' ? :dunno:



...in case I wasn't clear on what I was referring to



I've seen tools, tires and equipment dropped on these rails...
and it leaves a big dent fairly easy :mad: oops

btw... yer lite weight 156# ass is softer and spreads a wider load :p

You might not think that load weight, loading impact and carrier leverage
on those small mounting feet (lbs/per sq inch) could be of issue any day soon.

But mount fatigue from weight, loading impact, leverage forces...
could be at work and not noticed until a bracket mount was removed.
...like tires... when they start to wear funky...
...the damage is already done ;)

Of course... most folk don't own their junk for mo' then five years
...so it may not be of concern or worry.


Combining the 4 mounting points... would give the bed/rails more strength.
Not just impact wise... but also side to side, fore and aft including bed/frame flex(twist).

* your bed flexes with the frame... if you haven't noticed.

It's not to late too come to the dark side :p
 

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TacoDell...It's just a bed rack dude...holy moly!
 
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