How to Build a Canoe Rack

How to Build a Canoe Rack
If you want to get your canoes up off the ground and keep them clean, here is a simple homemade "A" frame canoe rack. A couple of hours work with simple tools and materials and you'll have an easy free-standing canoe rack for a couple of canoes or kayaks. Here's how it works.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Four 2x4-inch boards, standard stud length. Six 1½-inch wood screws for attaching the hinges Eight 4-inch-long x 1/2 inch carriage bolts with washers and nuts Two 6-foot-long 2x4s Three 10-foot 2x4's Two door hinges Six ½-inch or 3/8-inch screw-in eye bolts and some paint to finish the job. Saw, wrench, and a drill with boring and screwdriver bits Four to eight bungee cords 3 to 6 feet long
  • Four 2x4-inch boards, standard stud length.
  • Six 1½-inch wood screws for attaching the hinges
  • Eight 4-inch-long x 1/2 inch carriage bolts with washers and nuts
  • Two 6-foot-long 2x4s
  • Three 10-foot 2x4's
  • Two door hinges
  • Six ½-inch or 3/8-inch screw-in eye bolts and some paint to finish the job.
  • Saw, wrench, and a drill with boring and screwdriver bits
  • Four to eight bungee cords 3 to 6 feet long
 
Step 1
Lay two 2x4 studs end to end. Attach door hinges to legs as shown. Repeat with other two studs.
Step 2
Turn the hinged studs over and lift the legs from the center, creating an upside down V.
Step 3
Drill a ½-inch hole in 2 inches from the ends of a 10-foot 2x4 and in a leg of each "V" just below the joints. Bolt the 2x4 between the two leg assemblies at the top as shown.
Step 4
Attach the other two 10-foot-long 2x4s as shown at about 2 to 3 feet above the ground. Pre-drill and bolt the 2x4s to each leg.
Step 5
Screw the two 6-foot cross members to the legs.
Step 6
Attach half-inch screw-in eye bolts to the end of each cross member and to the top lengthwise cross member near the ends as shown. This provides a handy tie-down point for attaching bungee cords.
Step 7
Paint, stain and varnish or apply water seal to the structure.
Step 8
Strap the canoes or canoes on the cross members with bungee cords as shown in the picture.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Using pressure-treated lumber makes for a longer-lasting canoe rack. Galvanized screws and bolts avoid problems with rusting in outdoor racks. Further protect the canoes by throwing a tarpaulin over the top and tying it down at the bungee points.
 
Using pressure-treated lumber makes for a longer-lasting canoe rack.
 
Galvanized screws and bolts avoid problems with rusting in outdoor racks.
 
Further protect the canoes by throwing a tarpaulin over the top and tying it down at the bungee points.
 
If you're going to leave the rack free-standing, make sure the legs are well apart to keep from tipping over.

Article Written By Tom King

Tom King published his first paid story in 1976. His book, "Going for the Green: An Insider's Guide to Raising Money With Charity Golf," was published in 2008. He received gold awards for screenwriting at the 1994 Worldfest Charleston and 1995 Worldfest Houston International Film Festivals. King holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Southwestern Adventist College.

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