How to Make a Rack for a Surfboard

How to Make a Rack for a Surfboard
Making a rack for your surfboard will protect it from dings and scratches. Ceiling or plywood racks belong in the garage. Your surfboard rack, however, is a piece of furniture you can get amped up about. Utilizing bamboo and a few woodworking tools, you can build a surfboard display you will be proud of when you're not busy catching the waves.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two bamboo poles, each 2 inches in diameter and 5 feet long Chalk line Drill Hole saw, 1 1/4 inch Two bamboo poles, each an inch in diameter and 6 feet long Silicone adhesive Two Slipstick gripper cups, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches Bamboo fencing, 5 feet high and 6 feet wide 2-inch deck screws 1/4-inch countersink drill bit Bamboo pole, an inch in diameter and 12 feet long Hacksaw Six gripper pads, 1 inch wide and 4 inches long Wood glue Wood stain Small putty knife
  • Two bamboo poles, each 2 inches in diameter and 5 feet long
  • Chalk line
  • Drill
  • Hole saw, 1 1/4 inch
  • Two bamboo poles, each an inch in diameter and 6 feet long
  • Silicone adhesive
  • Two Slipstick gripper cups, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches
  • Bamboo fencing, 5 feet high and 6 feet wide
  • 2-inch deck screws
  • 1/4-inch countersink drill bit
  • Bamboo pole, an inch in diameter and 12 feet long
  • Hacksaw
  • Six gripper pads, 1 inch wide and 4 inches long
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain
  • Small putty knife
Step 1
Mark a straight chalk line along the vertical length of the 5-feet-by-2-inch bamboo poles that will serve as your rack supports.
Step 2
Drill 1 1/4-inch holes with a hole saw inserted in your drill. Center the holes 4 inches from the bottom and 4 inches from the top, along the lines for the 1-inch diameter bamboo poles.
Step 3
Lay the two rack supports parallel to each other and 6 feet apart vertically on a dry work surface such as the garage floor or a patio. Position the 5-feet-by-2-inch poles horizontally at the 1-1/4 inch holes.
Step 4
Apply silicone adhesive to about an inch of each end of the two horizontal poles.
Step 5
Apply a heavy coat of silicone adhesive inside the holes on the rack support poles.
Step 6
Insert the horizontal support poles into the rack support holes, one inch in. Allow the adhesive to dry for about 30 minutes.
Step 7
Install a gripper cup on the bottom ends of the rack support poles.
Step 8
Position the bamboo fencing over the support frame that you just made. Use the countersink drill bit to secure the fencing to the front of the rack support poles with 2-inch deck screws positioned every six inches.
Step 9
Cut the 12-feet-by-1-inch bamboo pole into six lengths measuring 21 inches each.
Step 10
Secure a 4-inch long gripper pad to each of the lengths by removing the adhesive strip and pressing the pad onto the center of each pole.
Step 11
Use the hole saw to drill three 1 1/4-inch holes into the front of each of the vertical support poles at 16 inches, 32 inches and 42 inches, measured from the bottom of the assembled rack.
Step 12
Lay the six poles at the six openings in the rack. Coat an inch of each pole and its holes with silicone adhesive.
Step 13
Insert the poles through the fencing and into the vertical support poles, one at a time. Allow the adhesive to dry for 30 minutes.
Step 14
Tint a small amount of wood glue with wood stain, and use it to fill in the countersunk deck screws.

Tips & Warnings

 
This rack is set up for three boards, but you can adjust the plans for a single board by eliminating four of the 21-inch lengths of bamboo. Center the remaining two lengths on the vertical support poles. A strong silicone adhesive, like Liquid Nails, will support the weight of the surfboards. You can also reinforce the joints with additional deck screws.
 
This rack is set up for three boards, but you can adjust the plans for a single board by eliminating four of the 21-inch lengths of bamboo. Center the remaining two lengths on the vertical support poles.
 
A strong silicone adhesive, like Liquid Nails, will support the weight of the surfboards. You can also reinforce the joints with additional deck screws.
 
Always wear eye protection when working with power tools.
 
Always wear eye protection when working with power tools.

Article Written By Cheryl Hinkson

Based in Covington Tennessee, Cheryl Hinkson has been writing How To articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow, the "How to do Just About Anything" site. Hinkson received a certificate in Travel and Tourism from South Eastern Academy in 1983.

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