How to Make Your Own Wooden Snow Ski Rack

How to Make Your Own Wooden Snow Ski Rack
If you are tired of tripping over your sports equipment or never finding your skis under a piles of backpacks, running shoes and other gear, consider building your own wooden ski rack. Using tools and materials you have at home or can find at your local hardware store, you can build a rack in a short amount of time. A wooden rack can help you keep you organized and protect your skis from damage, and it is especially useful if you have multiple pairs of skis.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • 2x6 board
  • Sander
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • 3/4-inch wooden dowels
  • Hammer
  • Screws
  • Skis
  • Poles
Step 1
Use a stud finder to locate at least two studs in the wall where you want to hang your rack. Keep in mind that the studs are typically 16 inches apart. Mark the spot where you find each stud with a pencil, and make sure the marks are level with one another and high enough so that the rack can accommodate your longest skis.
Step 2
Mark two spots on the front of the board that align with the studs on the wall.
Step 3
Smooth the edges of your board with a sander if needed. You can also use a miter saw to design the edges of your rack.
Step 4
Drill a pair of holes 3/4 inches wide and an inch and a half apart for each pair of skis the rack will hold. Your should be able to accommodate 10 pairs of holes easily. If you need your rack to hold more skis, choose a longer piece of wood.
Step 5
Put a drop of wood glue into each of the holes.
Step 6
Stick a 3/4-inch wooden dowel into each hole. Use a hammer to pound the dowel into the hole if necessary.
Step 7
Allow the glue and dowels to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 8
Line up the board with the wall so that the marks are aligned, and drill screws through each mark on the front of your ski rack and into the studs on the wall.
Step 9
Hang your skis on the dowels on the rack.

Tips & Warnings

If you want to hang your poles, you can hang them from the tips of your skis. You can also add extra dowels to your ski rack to hang the poles. Buy a wider and longer piece of wood, and drill single holes below and in between the sets of ski-holding dowels.

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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