I don’t know about you, but I seriously had a problem sleeping at night knowing that my precious boards were leaning precariously against a wall. It grinds my gears. But you know what? I decided to make a place wear my boards could sleep at night, feel protected, and not get dinged. So I grabbed a pen and made an elaborate blueprint that was scaled down to every inch. It would serve as my guide to creating epic racks.
All you need is:
– PVC piping (I used 1 1/2 inch)
– PVC T-fittings
– One PVC 90 degree elbow
– PVC end caps or elbows
– PVC primer and glue
– Foam insulation
– Toggle bolts and/or Lag bolts (like a big wood screw)
– Piece of wood running the length of rack right below it (I used molding – you could use something like 1X3)
All of these materials are (or should be) available at your local hardware store, for under 50 big ones.
If you want to have an extensive rack that’ll hold more than three boards, you’ll need a lot of PVC pipes. I had 10 ft. of pipe and made a three-board rack.
What you want to do before you start is think about what types of boards you’ll be holding. You don’t want to make the arms of the rack 3 ft. high trying to hold a 10 ft. log. Do the math, it isn’t gonna work. I chose 5 ft as a good height as I’ll be able to put longer boards on it, but still will be able to put smaller boards on as well, although I would’ve made the arms probably 4 ft. high if I only had shortboards.
Measure the space that you want between the arms and cut accordingly, and do the same with the arms. Next, put together the pipes using the T-fittings and elbows (just like K’nex). Make sure you have all the joints lined up, and take it apart again so you can glue the pieces together, this way they won’t fall apart once you get it on the wall.
Now, tape that foam on, and measure and level out the spot where you want it on the wall. Remember that piece of wood that I listed in the supplies? Yeah, now you’re gonna nail that into that wall, this way the PVC won’t roll once it’s on the wall. Drill some holes in the PVC, and if you’re using toggle bolts it doesn’t really matter where it goes, just spread them out, and don’t thread them into a beam (that’s what the lag bolts are for!). Put on the rack right above the wood, resting on it.
That should be about it! Stick any end caps that you have on, put your boards on it and dance around! The rack arms may wiggle it bit, if they do and that bothers you, tie a string from it to the ceiling (as seen in picture)!