I just picked up a used A.R.E. commercial cap for my Tacoma. The top of the ladder rack is heavily worn, sharp & jagged. I'm thinking about building my own rack out of wood, and I'm looking for suggestions. How long should the cross bars be to hold 2 tandem canoes? What type of wood and finish would best hold up to the elements?
I'd appreciate some links to pictures / designs - can't seem to find a lot on the net.