I built a freestanding kayak rack cheap.
Posted by: QFT on Oct-21-13 3:30 PM (EST)
This was a weekend project for me, and only cost about $50. I haven't seen one like this yet on the internet - I think it's the best combination I've seen of being cheap, sturdy, and also provides padding so the hulls won't warp. I wanted to share the design; maybe it could help someone else.
It's just 2x4s screwed together with storage hooks for the Kayaks.
Hooks can be found at:
$8 apiece at Amazon, or about $5 at Home Depot/Lowes. I used 1.5" wood screws with washers to mount them to the boards.
Obviously the dimensions of your boards you use should vary with the size of the kayaks. For these fat little 9.5 rec kayaks, I used boards 54" long to stand up, and 60" long to go sideways. I also made the bottom supports 2' long, so they stick out far enough to become a "storage tray" for my paddles and anchor.
Obviously, those hooks can also be screwed to anything - studs in your garage for instance. In my case, I wanted to put these in my storage shed, and they now fit like they were made for it.
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Posted by: QFT on Oct-21-13 4:05 PM (EST)
One more photo that better shows the design:
Posted by: george4908 on Oct-21-13 10:24 PM (EST)
Instead of another cross beam, I would think a couple of 4" corner braces would do much more to keep your rack intact when loaded up:
Posted by: Canuka on Oct-22-13 8:43 AM (EST)
A small triangle of plywood on the outside of both bottom corners. You could make those out of any piece of plywood you have lying around and save a trip to the hardware store.
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Posted by: sweeper on Oct-22-13 8:44 AM (EST)
Posted by: QFT on Oct-23-13 2:29 AM (EST)
Posted by: jeffro on Oct-23-13 5:07 PM (EST)
Nice job! I like the way you kept it simple. Thanks for the info.
Posted by: c2g on Oct-24-13 5:10 PM (EST)
Very nice work. It looks like it will do a great job.