(I'm not sure if this is better suited for the fabshop as it's a small project but a large writeup and is decidedly very low tech..)
After spending some time looking at covers and thinking about what I'd like to have in one, I decided to build my own. My primary requirements were:
- to have something that would work with my soft top
- to ensure stuff was easily accessible
- to have the ability to stack stuff on top of the cover and tie it down
Here's what I ended up with after a couple mock-ups:
The frame is made of 2"x4" and covers are made of 3/4" plywood. I made the brackets, picked up the rest of the hardware at a local ACE, and picked up the vinyl at a craft store. So far I have about $25 and 6 hours invested in the project.
It's not perfect, but I'm not sure if I'll change the design yet so I don't want to waste too much time making it pretty.
My plans now are to make a removable hinged shelf to go between the rear of the cover and the tailgate. It'll need to sit level with the bottom of the cover to allow space to tuck in the top neatly.
I'm still not sure what I want to do on the front side of the cover. I'm thinking about separating the rear of the tub from the front and putting some shelves or pockets within reach of the front. Maybe something to hold a small toolbox.
Details to follow.