How to install bed wood First, make shure to lay out the wood and make any adjustments so that they fit properly and line up with all mounting holes. I had a friend come over and help to shave off about 1/4" off most boards and recut the grooves for the stainless strips. Now pull it back apart, numbering the boards as you remove them. After fitting the bed wood, remove the center boards in order to mark the mounting holes. I marked on the side and front panel with a stabilo pencil (like a water based grease pencil) where the bolt goes. Use a straight edge to establish your lines and lightly mark on the wood. Drill all holes. I used a 1/2" bit for the mount holes, and a 3/8" bit for the side holes . I have traced the offset washer on the wood, tomorrow I'll get a bit to cut it out and sink it flush with the wood. Drill all of the neccessary holes, then test fit. If it all fits, remove them again and sand the edges round and the tops smooth. Test fit the cross bars. This is the rear cross bar on a 1/2 ton. It needs a block and rubber pad. The rear metal box mounts need a rubber pad, and the forward most mount needs a wood block and pad. I cut my blocks from a 2"x2" solid oak length, drilled the 1/2" hole through the middle, then let them soak in oil.