DIY Surfboard Rack

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DIY Surfboard Rack
Organise your surfboards on a surfboard rack. (surfboard image by Stefan Häuselmann from

Surfboards, despite the grace and ease with which they travel through the water, are bulky and hard to store. You need to keep them off of abrasive surfaces, and if you have more than one they need to be separated from each other. You can build a simple, effective surfboard rack at home with a few simple items. The boards stand vertically on the ground and are held in place between the padded dowels of the rack, so your board are stored in neat row against the wall.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Two-by-four wood
  • Saw
  • Power drill
  • One-inch diameter wooden dowels
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Foam pool noodle
  • Plastic zip ties
  • Eye screws
  • String

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  1. 1

    Cut a two-by-four to the length you want your rack to be with a saw. You should make your rack in intervals of 14 inches per surfboard. For example, if you need to store three boards, the two-by-four should be 42 inches long.

  2. 2

    Lay the two-by-four flat on a table and drill holes on the side of the wood facing upward. You need a hole at the beginning and the end of the two-by-four , and every 14 inches in between. For a 42-inch board, you will have a hole at the beginning and end of the wood, as well as a hole at 14 and 28 inches. Make the holes one inch in diameter and one inch deep. Center the holes along the horizontal middle of the two-by-four .

  3. 3

    Cut the dowels to 24 inches long. You need a 24-inch long dowel for each hole you drilled in the two-by-four .

  4. 4

    Spread wood glue on one end of each dowel and insert the glued end all the way into the holes in the two-by-four . Use a mallet to bang the dowels down into the holes.

  5. 5

    Hang the rack horizontally on the wall using a power drill and wood screws, four to five feet off the ground. Have a friend hold a board vertically, so it rests on the ground between any two of the dowels, to determine the best height for your rack.

  6. 6

    Slide a foam pool noodle onto each of the dowels, trimming it to the same length as the dowel.

  7. 7

    Secure the foam on the dowel with plastic zip ties and trim the long ends of the tie. You should position the zip tie closure so it is facing down and won’t rub on your boards.

  8. 8

    Insert a small eye screw into the end of each dowel. Screw the eye into the wood until it is secure.

  9. 9

    Tie a piece of string to each eye except the last and leave about two feet of string hanging down. Tie the hanging end to the next eye to lock boards in place and keep them from falling out of the rack if they slip.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use different colour noodles to act as identifiers of the different boards in the rack.
  • Only attach a surfboard rack to solid, sturdy wall or it can be ripped out of the wall when supporting the weight of the boards.

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