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Old 11-07-11, 05:10 AM
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Platform ideas wanted....

I am looking to add some sort of a wood or a wood-type platform to my upper racks. I have considered a Skateboard deck for the rear but these are just a little too wide. I am open for suggestions........Below is a photo along with the approximate measurements for where I am wanting to add these......

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Cut down some plywood and put several coats of polyurethane on it.
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I use a piece of 1/4" plywood with a few holes drilled in. I just wire it to the top for a temporary platform when I am transporting large, heavy loads. If you want to do something fancy , a few wooden brackets and stops can be screwed to the base to fit around the rack.
My rack has an open framework rather than your solid plate, I think mine is a more versatile style of rack.
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This is one of the few times that I will not recommend plywood, or wood period, when plastic cardboard will do better and weigh a LOT less.

http://www.interstateplastics.com/se...FYHu7QodKgLzDA

Install with black zip ties and you're done!
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1st Wednesday of most Novembers there is abundant Free coroplast,
though it may be soiled by having some politician's name and vacuous slogan on it.

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1st Wednesday of most Novembers there is abundant Free coroplast,
though it may be soiled by having some politician's name and vacuous slogan on it.
Now THAT'S something that I had not given any thought. I'll be watching the yards and roadways for those that have blown over and are "free reign"......
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Durka! We use such signs all the time and here I was looking for a lightweight platform myself I'm sure the printing guys have some bad print pieces lying around. Good call.
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This is one of the few times that I will not recommend plywood, or wood period, when plastic cardboard will do better and weigh a LOT less.
Install with black zip ties and you're done!
If you want to strap a light backpack or a large, lightweight load on a regular basis, then zip ties and correx are ideal.
I have carried occasional bags of cement, plaster and horse manure on my plywood platform and I'm pretty sure that correx would bend under the load. Wire provides a quick, temp fixing that can be re-used more easily than zipties and is secure enough for occasional use.
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I put a piece of floor plate wood.


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Also, if one sheet is too wimpy, coroplast gets a LOT stronger if you laminate 2 or 3 sheets together with glue. It gets heavier, but it weighs so little to begin with that 3 X nothing = almost nothing.

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This is one of the few times that I will not recommend plywood, or wood period, when plastic cardboard will do better and weigh a LOT less.

http://www.interstateplastics.com/se...FYHu7QodKgLzDA

Install with black zip ties and you're done!
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1st Wednesday of most Novembers there is abundant Free coroplast,
though it may be soiled by having some politician's name and vacuous slogan on it.
Yep. I got myself a four by eight sheet of Coroplast the day after election day this year. There was more for the taking , but I figure I have enough.
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
This is one of the few times that I will not recommend plywood, or wood period, when plastic cardboard will do better and weigh a LOT less.

http://www.interstateplastics.com/se...FYHu7QodKgLzDA

Install with black zip ties and you're done!
That's what I use for the deck on my Bikes at Work 64A. I used it in two layers.
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I put a piece of floor plate wood.


That looks good. Where would one find something like that?
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