My new Taco just came in today. While sitting around admiring the shiny paint, my friends and I designed a topper for the truck. Our design uses red oak for the framing, skin, and window frames. 1/4" smoked plexiglass will complete the front window and back door. No side windows per say, but the sides will have a unique plexiglass/wood design feature towards the rear. I plan on using pocket hole joinery extensively on the frame and bracing. The finish will include stain, epoxy resin seal, and spar varnish. The topper will follow the radius of the Tacoma's cab lines.
I will post my progress here with suitable photographic evidence.
Build/borrow/steal 2 sawhorses with long, wide tops.
Start frame & bottom rails
Frame & Bottom rail Materials: (to be updated)
2 each - 3/4" x 4' x 8' AC Red Oak Plywood sheets
The plywood will be ripped down and laminated to make 2" square material for the uprights, side bracing and cross members. The side bottom rails will be 4" wide toward the cab and taper down to 3" at the tailgate.
..to be continued