For $50 I woulda loaned you my roof rack that you could have attached to the bars and carried whatever you wanted
Seriously though, it will be interesting to see the build. Were you looking for something small? Years ago I bought one of the cheapy universal roof racks/baskets made by don't know who. Use to use it a lot on the Durango and IIRC it was only $100 or maybe $150
- Light weight but large enough to carry a big tent, chairs, etc. etc. for camping trips.
I don't tend to use it much on the LX though...everytime I put stuff on the roof I hear crazy sounds that make me not want to trust the factory rack anymore