This step by step diy project is about large kayak rack plans. I have designed this kayak rack so you can build it with basic tools and materials in just one weekend. It can hold up to 6 kayaks. Moreover, you can make adjustments to the plans so it suits your needs. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Large Kayak Rack Plans
Cut & Shopping List
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
It’s that easy to build a canoe rack!
Build a kayak rack
First of all, you need to build the frame for the kayak rack. Use 4×4 lumber for the vertical posts and base beams. Drill pocket holes through the posts, on both sides (exterior and interior) and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Plumb the posts vertically.
Fit 2×6 beams to both sides of the base, as shown in the diagram, so you create a super rigid base. Drill pilot holes through the beams and then insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Use 4×4 lumber for the frame of the kayak rack. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports, on both sides. Align the edges flush, making sure the corners are square and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Use 4×6 lumber for the horizontal supports. Use a miter saw to make a 15 degree cut to one end of the beams. Make a decorative cut to the opposite side. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Drill pocket holes to the angled end, on both sides (interior and exterior). Fit the supports to the vertical posts, as shown in the diagram. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports into place.
Next, we need 4×4 braces to enhance the rigidity of the rack frame. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the braces and secure them into place with 5 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Use 1×4 boards of the exterior cleats. These cleats will lock the supports together tightly. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Last but not least, you need to attach the 1×8 boards to the top of the kayak rack. Center the board into place, making sure you leave even gaps on all sides. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it into place tightly.
Next, you have to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain over the components, so you protect them from the weather elements.
This compact kayak storage rack will hold up to 6 kayaks. The frame of the rack is made from wood, so it should be easy to assemble and keep the costs down.
This is a simple project anyone should be able to build in a few hours without much effort. Remember that you need to adjust the size of the components so they suit your particular own needs. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
If you want to get this project as a PDF file with 1 cut list and 1 shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.
This woodworking project was about kayak rack plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.