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Homemade tonneau cover?

I've been wanting to get a tonneau cover for a while, but my funds are limited (especially since I may be buying a new truck). I'm thinking about making a tonneau cover myself. What would be the best way to do so? I thought about diamond plate, but I don't think I'd like the look, plus I hear its exspensive and I don't know how to weld so I couldn't make any braces. My second thought was plywood and fiberglass. I want to mount it flush in the bed, not over the rails. What do you guys suggest?
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i had 1 for a while that i made out of angle iron and sheet metal that i wrapped in thin rubber i bought from home depot

i made a frame and legs out of angle iron and made the top with the sheet metal it worked out really well and now that i gave it to a friend he uses it as a table for his shop


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i had 1 for a while that i made out of angle iron and sheet metal that i wrapped in thin rubber i bought from home depot

i made a frame and legs out of angle iron and made the top with the sheet metal it worked out really well and now that i gave it to a friend he uses it as a table for his shop
What was the total cost of the supplies, do you remember? I didn't realize that Home Depot sold sheet metal and rubber like that. Though, I've never had any need for it so I've never bothered to look lol.
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A guy my dad worked with helped his dad build a cover for his truck, they used plywood, painted both sides then wrapped it in fake leather. Hinged it at the front and did an electric popper at the back to open it with some gas shocks. I'm guessing for about 150 bucks you could hook yourself up


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I'm thinking Plywood and glassing it will be your best bet, since you can't weld. If you could weld definately go the angle iron and sheet metal route.

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We made one a few years back out of a sheet of aluminum and .5x.5 aluminum sqare tube. Meteral was free but hate to see what it was actualy worth
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i dont know how much it cost, we had it layin around at a buddies house but the rubber was a lil pricey


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i had one for my old s-10 that i made out of plywood covered with vinyl. i had about $140 in it.
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learn to weld, its uber easy once you get the hang of it. just bevel the edges and try to get good penetration. whats the worst that happens, your weld doesnt hold, and you reweld it. at least its not your frame, which i learned to weld on. good luck

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