Well I decided for LSR it was time for the truck to get a real bed floor. The weather didn't cooperate so it only left me last week and this week to get it done before we leave Tuesday for Austin. I searched high and low on the internet for information regarding installing the bed wood in these trucks... I did not happen to find a whole lot of technical info so I hope to make this somewhat of a tech artical in hopes to help some of you out...Now I did not purchase a typical bed wood kit from one of the many companies out there as these kits can get quite expensive. I was lucky enough to have a specialty wood store that specializes in reclaimed wood and specialty woods here near the house. I am not a wood worker so coming up with the right wood and sealant combo to build a strong enough bed that can be used for hauling as well as take any weather while traveling, I needed some info. The owners of HLM here by the house were more than happy to answer all my questions and point me in the right directions.. For stability they suggested using a hardwood such as white oak...which is what I used. I puchased the 8 boards I needed at a cost of 230 bux. Pretty cheap considering bed wood and parts were more than double that after shipping...not to say anything bad about bedwood and parts they have beautiful products..I just couldn't afford the cost after all was said and done... Anyway I got the wood home and chose an oil based stain, based on the suggestions of theguys at the wood store, called candlelight. Now these boards only came in 8 to 10 ft lengths as that's the only way the store sold which was based on board foot. Needless to say I have a lot of wood leftover to make a couple other things if I see fit. Like I said before I am not a wood worker so tools to cut and shape wood are almost non existent. So I went to my local home depot and rented a nice table saw for a few hours which only cost me about 30 bux. I used this site for all my measurements...a very nice site relating to truck beds... http://www.gmcpauls.com/47-72_BedWood_Info.htm I first laid all my boards out to lay out the wood grain to make sure I liked the way the grain looked. Then marked and ripped them down to size. Once I was done ripping the wood down to the sizes specified I looked into the cross rails and needed to clean those up and get them sealed so I used some KBS rust blast which was another 30 bux at the paint shop. This brings up the location of the cross rails...I had no idea, so once I put them up next to each other it seemed to pop out at me and noticed the pads were in a different location. So if you look at the frame rails you notice that the pads closest together go at the front of the bed. The ones farthest apart go to the rear of the truck. Next was to cut out the grooves that the bed straps rest in. I again followed the diagram in the above website and setup a router table. I had to borrow the router but happened to have a tabletop router table that I could screw the router into. Long story why it is the only wood working tool I own.