How to Make Surfboard Wall Racks

How to Make Surfboard Wall Racks
If you're like many surfers, you've probably stashed boards everywhere. The more surfing you do, the more boards you need to get the most out of every situation. You might have a thruster for maneuverability, a Malibu for stability and a gun for big waves. Maybe you picked up a board because the make, graphics or design appealed to you. A wall rack will organize and protect your boards in a central location, and you can build one with scraps and pocket change.


Difficulty: Moderate

A Cheap Vertical Wall Rack

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Drill press or hand drill
  • Chop saw
  • Sharp scissors
  • Stud finder
  • Carpenter's level
  • Utility knife
  • One 2---4
  • Wood dowel material (every piece 24 inches or longer)
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Pipe insulation
  • Zip ties
  • Piece of shag carpet
  • Nylon string
  • Hook and eye sets
Step 1
Lay out the holes. Use your pencil and tape measure to mark the center of your two by four at both ends. Line the straight edge up with your marks and put a pencil point every 14 inches. You can reduce the distance between your points down to 12 inches, if it helps to evenly space the points along the length of your two by four.
Step 2
Drill the holes. Use a drill bit that has the same diameter as your dowel material. You'll get more uniform holes if you use a drill press. If you don't have one, carefully position the bit over each pencil point and drill straight down, about three-quarters of an inch, without wobbling the drill. The drill press can be set for this depth, to insure every hole is the same.
Step 3
Cut the dowels. Tape measure and mark your dowel material at 24 inches. Cut off the 24-inch section, at your mark, with the chop saw. Measure and mark the next 24-inch section, and cut it off with the chop saw. Continue this process until you've cut enough dowels to hold your boards.
Step 4
Attach the dowels. Smear wood glue on one end of the dowels and push them into the holes in your two by four. If the fit isn't snug, push a toothpick into the hole and clip off the end with your scissors.
Step 5
Install the hook and eye sets. Use your hand drill to put a small pilot hole in the end of each dowel. Screw an eye into each pilot hole, until it's snug. Cut your nylon string, with the scissors, into sections that are a few inches longer than the space between your dowels. Tie a hook to both ends of each piece of string and hook one string to each eye. When you hook the free end of each string, to the next eye in the rack, you'll keep your boards from falling out.
Step 6
Pad the dowels. Cut the pipe insulation in half, lengthwise, with your scissors. Cut a 24-inch piece of insulation and wrap it around a dowel, so the padding is on the side where the board rests. Secure the insulation with a zip tie at each end.
Step 7
Mount the rack. Use your stud finder and pencil to mark the location of wall studs. Have some friends hold the rack against the wall at your desired height, and check it with your carpenter's level. Four feet, 8 inches is a good starting point, but your rack's mounting location will be determined by the length of your boards. Screw the rack to the wall where you marked your stud locations.
Step 8
Cut and place the carpet. Measure the area, under your rack, where the tails of your boards will rest. Turn the carpet upside down and layout this area with your pencil and straight edge. Cut the carpet, along your layout lines, with the utility knife. Lay the carpet under your rack and you're ready to rock.

Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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