For your all-mountain skis to last longer, you have to store them properly. A ski rack is one of the best ways of ensuring that your cross-country skis stay in good condition when you are not skiing steeps.
Contrary to what a large number of skiers think, building DIY ski racks is extremely easy. In this article, we will take you through the steps you will need to follow to build your homemade ski rack.
The Tools and Supplies You Will Need
To make a homemade ski rack ideal for storing your skis when you are not wearing your ski jacket, you will need the following tools and supplies:
- Crescent or socket wrench
- Carpenter’s square
- Safety goggles
- Pipe cutter
- Stud finder
- 1-inch spade bit
- Handsaw, chop saw, or circular saw
- Measuring tape
- Wood glue
- 4 or more lag screws and some accommodating washers
- 3-inch wood screws (44 or more)
- 2 five-foot PVC tubes (1-inch schedule)
- Two 5 feet metal conduits (these should have a 1-inch diameter)
- One 8 feet 2 by 6 board
- Two 8 feet 2 by 4 boards
- Two-three hooks (you will only need these if you would like to hang the ski poles)
A Step by Step Guide on How to Make DIY Ski Racks
The first thing you will need to do is find a space that is as wide as your skis. This should be the location for your DIY ski racks.
The height will be dependent on the number of skis you own – the height will increase as the number of pegs increases. To give you an example, if you want the ski rack to hold up to ten skis, a 4 feet height may be ideal, with the 5 sets of pegs spaced approximately 1 foot apart.
You will need to measure and cut both your 2 by 4 boards 53.5 inches from each end. You should get 2 boards 42.5 inches long and 2 more boards 53.5 inches long. The two 53.5-inch boards should be the front-facing boards.
Measure and cut the two 42.5 inches boards exactly 7 inches from each end. This should give you 4 seven-inch boards and two 28.5-inch boards. These boards will be touching your wall when the rack is complete.
Measure and then mark where you would like to drill your peg holes. For marking, use a pencil. For example, you can measure 4 inches from one end and then about 12 inches apart.
Do not drill yet. The marks should show you where you are not supposed to put the screws in the step that follows.
You will be putting the screws in this step. Layout one of your 53.5-inch boards. Using the wood glue and wood screws (pilot holes or self-tapping), attach one of your 7-inch board, flush to the end of the 53.5 inches board.
Measure a six inches space and then attach the 28.5 inches board. Measure an additional 6 inches and then attach another 7 inches board. Using these same steps, work on the other 53.5 inches board.
Using the pencil marks you made, drill the peg holes.
The next step is optional. If you would like a cleaner finish, you will need to cut 45 degrees at the end of the boards.
In this step, you will need to determine the width of your ski rack. This can be done by measuring the width of the widest bindings. You may need to cut the 2 by 6 board into 2 forty-two-inch segments.
Position the board segments you cut in step 8 above in place. Glue the segments and also use screws to join them.
The metal conduits will be used for making the pegs. Measure the metal conduits and cut them. You can make ten pegs measuring approximately 12 inches each.
By now, you should have the peg holes ready. Use your mallet to pound the pegs obtained in step 10 above into the drilled holes.
Measure, cut, and then sleeve your PVC piping. Ensure that the PVC piping is cut to the same length as the exposed metal conduits. For example, you can make yours 12 inches long.
Now, your homemade ski rack should be complete. Locate and mark the stud on the wall. If possible, make use of an electronic stud finder to locate the studs. You must attach the DIY ski racks to the studs and not just the drywall.
To attach the rack to the wall, you will need a socket wrench, lag screws, and washers. To get the lag bolts through your DIY racks, you can drill the pilot holes first.
The lag screw length will be dependent on the wall thickness. You will need to use lag screws long enough to reach through your drywall and into the studs. Ensure that the lag screws are not too long such that they end up going past the stud and poking out the other side of the wall. To make sure that you are attaching the ski rack to a straight wall, you will need to use a level.
Note: If you would like to hang your ski poles, you can add the hooks to the edges of your ski rack.
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If you are just getting started with skiing, there is a high possibility that you are yet to invest in an ideal way of storing your skis. To avoid having to buy new skis now and then, you should consider investing some of your time into building DIY ski racks. Whenever you are not wearing your ski helmet, the skis could be staying in the homemade ski rack.
This article has all the steps you will need to follow. The supplies are quite inexpensive. If you do not own all the necessary tools, you can always borrow from friends and family.
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