Truck Deck: Installation


To install the deck (on this glorious Thursday afternoon), I first laid down 1" x 3/4" strips of Ipe (finished with the same epoxy sealer / varnish combination as the planks) running crossways to the bed of the truck. Working from the center plank outward, I used a 1/4"-thick spacer strip to place each subsequent plank. I pre-drilled and countersunk each screw with a 5/32" bit (instead 1/8") to account for the hardness of the Ipe and the brittleness of the stainless steel. Great care had to be taken not to snap off the screw head while driving each screw (which is not to say that I didn't lose a few anyway...)