If you love to ski but and need a place to store your skis appropriately, consider building your own wall ski rack. The project is relatively easy with a bit of preparation and requires minimal materials. Your ski rack can be tailored to fit the number of pairs you wish to store and hung at any height that is convenient for you.
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Things you need
- Two 6-foot 2-by-4s
- Chamfer routing bit
- Exterior-grade paint
- Tape measure
- Bevel gauge
- 3/4-inch drill bit
- 6 feet of 3/4-inch dowel
- Latex caulk
- Caulk gun
- 2 4-foot lengths of Armorflex pipe insulation
- Heavy-duty shears
- Stud finder
- 3-1/2-inch drywall screws
Bevel the corners on each end of two 6-foot long 2-by-4s with a drill fitted with a chamfer routing bit. Sand the edges until smooth. Paint the boards with exterior-grade paint to protect them from moisture. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Mark the 2-by-4s at evenly spaced intervals based on the number skis you want to store, starting at the intended top of the boards. Divide the length of the board by the number of pairs of skis plus one to allow for space at the bottom of the rack; for example, if you want to hang four pairs of skis, divide 72 inches by five to get 14.4 inches, round up to 15 inches as you will still have some space left at the bottom of the rack. Cut the 2-by-4s in half before starting the project for only two pairs of skis, suggests Skiing Mag.
Guide the 3/4-inch drill bit at a slight angle with a bevel gauge. Drill holes 1-1/4-inches deep at each mark on the 2-by-4s.
Saw the dowels into 6-inch sections. Sand one tip of each section until smooth. Insert the dowel sections with the sanded end facing out into the holes in the 2-by-4s. Use a caulk gun to apply a bead of caulk around each base where the dowels connect. Cut the Armorflex into 4-3/4-inch sections with heavy-duty shears. Slide one section of Armorflex onto each dowel peg to create the supports for the skis.
Choose a wall for the ski rack that has enough room your skis hung horizontally. Space the 2-by-4s parallel about three to four feet apart. Use a stud-finder to determine the location of two studs for the 2-by-4s. Use the drill and mount the two 2-by-4s, 4-inch side against the wall, at your desired height with four to five drywall screws per board. Set a level across the pegs on the top rack to ensure that the 2-by-4s are hung evenly and the skis will rest levelly.
Tips and warnings
- Hang the rack high up if you want to keep skis out of the way or lower to the ground if you desire easy access.
- Do not attach the 2-by-4s to drywall without making sure there is a stud behind them.
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