Homemade Wood Rack for a Canoe

Homemade Wood Rack for a Canoe
Canoes are a great way to get fresh air, exercise and take in beautiful scenery. Many people enjoy paddling during their free time and even take vacations geared around canoe float trips. One challenge that faces many people is the storage of their canoe. It is necessary to store a canoe so that it is elevated and not left sitting on the ground where it can be damaged. Canoes should also be stored upside down to prevent water or moisture from accumulating in the bottom. Constructing a wooden canoe rack to elevate and store your canoe is a simple project.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 by 4 inch lumber (ten 36 inch lengths)
  • 4 metal sawhorse brackets (2 sets)
  • 2 inch wood screws or #10 pan head screws
  • Phillips screwdriver
Step 1
Purchase enough 2 by 4 inch lumber that will yield ten 36 inch lengths. Buy lengths of lumber and cut it yourself or have it cut at a hardware or home store for a nominal fee.
Step 2
Hold one of the sawhorse brackets so that the clamp jaws are up. Place two of the 36 inch lengths of 2 by 4 in the lower supports of the bracket. Secure the 2 by 4 inch lengths in place with wood screws and a Phillips screwdriver. This will form the support for one end of the saw horse.
Step 3
Assemble the other end of the sawhorse support by inserting two more 2 by 4 inch lengths into the other bracket and securing with wood screws.
Step 4
Hold one of the sawhorse end supports upright so that the 2 by 4 inch legs are close together. Place a 36 inch length in the top of the bracket so that one of the 2 inch sides is facing up. This will be the cross piece connecting the support ends together and serve as a rack for the canoe.
Step 5
Spread the support legs apart causing the jaw of the bracket to clamp around the support 2 by 4 inch length. Repeat the step with the remaining end support. Adjust the end supports so that they are equal distance from both ends and secure in place with wood screws. This will complete one sawhorse canoe rack assembly.
Step 6
Repeat steps two through five to assemble another saw horse. When finished, place the saw horse canoe racks several feet apart and place the canoe on the rack cross pieces with the canoe upside down. Adjust the width of the sawhorse racks to gain the most support for the canoe.

Tips & Warnings

Pan head screws can also be used in place of wood screws.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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