DIY Plan for a Wooden Canoe Rack

DIY Plan for a Wooden Canoe Rack
Wooden canoe racks are an easy, economical solution for storing multiple canoes that you can easily build at home in just a few hours. There are many rack styles you can build, but the easiest, most stable and most expandable is a simple grid-like rack where each canoe has its own square space in which to rest. If you ever need more space, the rack can be easily expanded upward or out to either side to accommodate more boats. Construction is simple, with no bends or complicated angles, and consists of a basic design with 4-by-4 supports and 2-by-4 cross beams.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4-by-4 wood
  • 2-by-4 wood
  • Table or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
Step 1
Measure and cut 4-by-4 wood for the vertical supports. You need four supports for the corners, and two more for each extra column of storage spaces you want. If you want three columns, you need eight supports. The length will vary depending on how many rows high you want your rack to be, but this is simple to calculate as you will cut 3 feet for each row of height. For example, if your rack will be three rows high, you need four 9-foot corner supports.
Step 2
Measure and cut 4-by-4 wood for the top and bottom frame pieces. You need a total of four depth pieces and four width pieces. Depth pieces will be 5 feet long. Width pieces will be 3 feet long times the number of columns desired for your rack. For example, if your rack will be three columns of storage spaces, you need 9-foot width pieces.
Step 3
Measure and cut 2-by-4 cross pieces. These will form the horizontal separation pieces of your rack, dividing it into rows. You need one cross piece for each row after the first, so if your rack is three rows high, you need two cross pieces. The length of the cross pieces is the length of the 4-by-4 width pieces cut in Step 2.
Step 4
Assemble the top and bottom of the rack. Lay out the 4-by-4 pieces cut in Step 2 into two rectangles. Each should have a depth piece at each end and width pieces connecting the ends of those. Drill screw holes in through the sides of the depth pieces and into the ends of the width pieces, then screw in the wood screws to secure the frame pieces in place.
Step 5
Stand vertical supports inside each of the four corners of one of the rectangles completed in Step 4 and every three feet along the inside of the width pieces. Drill and screw in from the outside of the rectangle pieces into the vertical supports to secure them in place.
Step 6
Turn the structure over so the unattached ends of the vertical supports now sit inside the other rectangle completed in Step 4. Drill and screw to secure in place.
Step 7
Drill and screw into place the cross pieces. These should be placed every three feet in height against and secured to the vertical supports.

Article Written By Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.

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