Kayak Rack

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Project by cheller posted 2577 days ago 3306 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t fine woodworking by any stretch of the imagination. Before my spouse would consent to my buying a kayak (another addiction of mine which began 2 years ago) I had to have a place to store it. This required cleaning out part of the garage, and building a rack. Our garage has a very low ceiling, I’m 5’6” and can touch the ceiling without too much effort, so hanging it from the ceiling was not really an option.

This was my solution. The frame is 2X4 pine – standard HD stuff. The shelf is 1/4 pine. It’s provided storage not only for the kayak (which is strapped to the car ready for an early morning paddle tomorrow) but also for other sports equipment. The frame is secured with lag screws. If you look closely you might see the stretcher which runs parallel to the shelf boards. The shelf boards are screwed to it rather than to the frame. The edges of the upper section are padded with pieces of old mattress pads, covered with pieces from an old vinyl tablecloth. Stair runner carpet acts as padding on the long sides.

The hooks on the right side were cut with my scroll saw (could have used the jig saw but the scroll saw was right there) and hold the paddle when it’s not in use. The hooks on the left side, which are holding the ladder, are store bought ladder hooks.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 2577 days ago

Ingenious storage solution!


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#2 posted 2577 days ago

Looks like a great idea to me. I’ve got my canoe hanging from the ceiling of my garage. I like yours better. jockmike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 2577 days ago

we are going to be building something for our canoes. I’ll be coming back to check this out!
Thanks for posting

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 2577 days ago

Yes, function can easily trump form when watersports are involved. Nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 2576 days ago

Here’s a view of the rack with the kayak on it.

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-- Chelle

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#6 posted 2576 days ago

Ah, the functional shot! Perfect. Thanks for the update!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 2554 days ago

Cool, although I think you should call it a “Kay-rack”, that’s just me being punny..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 2554 days ago

Nice solution to your storage problem.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 2529 days ago

Great solution to a difficult storage problem!
Simple, with “common” materials is a nice aletrnative to over-engineering with exotic materials!
Keep up the good work!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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