How to Build an Outboard Motor Stand

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Small or medium-size outboard motors can be easily stored inside to prevent theft, or damage due to bad weather. By building a simple, sturdy stand from a few pieces of inexpensive lumber, small boat owners can safely place their outboard motor in a garage or shed until it's needed again. The outboard can also be maintained and repaired while it's mounted to the stand, which will allow the owner to change sparkplugs or replace the gear oil in a warm, dry environment. All that's needed is a few pieces of wood, lag bolts, and some simple hand tools.

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Things you need

  • Saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Socket set
  • 2 3-foot 2-by-4s
  • 3 2-foot 2-by-4s
  • 2 1-foot 2-by-4s
  • 2-foot 2-by-10
  • 10 ¼-by-4-inch lag bolts
  • 10 ¼-inch washers

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  1. 1

    Cut two 8-foot 2-by-4s in to the seven pieces listed above.

  2. 2

    Assemble the 3-foot 2-by-4 and one 2-foot 2-by-4 into two upside-down Ts. Use one 1-foot 2-by-4 to create a 45-degree angled brace between the base and the leg to add support to the T assembly.

  3. 3

    Drill pilot holes where the pieces of lumber meet. Secure the pieces with one ¼-inch lag bolt and one ¼-inch washer at each joint.

  4. 4

    Connect the two T-shaped assemblies with the 2-foot 2-by-10 at the top using the lag bolts. Use the last 2-foot 2-by-4 to connect the two Ts halfway up the assembly

  5. 5

    Place the mounting bracket of the outboard motor on the 2-by-10 at the top of the finished assembly.

Tips and warnings

  • Use heavier lumber and hardware for larger motors.
  • Use through bolts and nuts for extra strength.
  • Outboard motors are top-heavy; be sure your finished assembly is sturdy and stable.
  • Store outboards out of high-traffic areas to avoid tipping the motor over

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