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SKI RACK


DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE

Organize your skis, poles, and boots for the whole family with this easy to build ski rack. A top and bottom unit hold the skis together on both ends. 3/4 inch wide grooves are cut for each pair of skis. Dowels are used to hold the poles and an additional shelf can be added above for boot and helmet storage. This project can be completed in a half day to full day depending on your skill level and the finish used. This ski rack was stained to give it a more finished and complete look.

Click here to download DIY Pete's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      First, find an area in your garage to install your ski rack project. This rack is just over 4 feet wide, but please feel free to modify it if you have more or fewer skis. Use a stud finder to determine where the studs are in your wall. Generally, studs are 16 inches on center. You'll be attaching the brackets for each rack unit to the studs to create a solid connection.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut the long horizontal boards down to size according to the cut list, or to the dimensions that best fit your space. I cut the 2 long boards to 52 1/2 inches. Use a circular saw or miter saw to make this cut.

    3. Step: 3

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      Use the remaining scraps of the 2x8 board to cut brackets for the upper and lower ski rack units. They'll measure roughly 7 1/4 inch by 7 1/4 inch. Cut the boards at a 45 degree angle. You'll need a total of 4 brackets. If you choose to make a wider ski rack I'd recommend increasing the number of brackets. If you'd rather not make your own brackets, you can purchase wood or metal brackets at the store.

    4. Step: 4

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      Use a 1 gallon paint can to create an arch in the bracket. The arch gives it a nice look. Clamp down each piece and cut the arch out with a jig saw. The first completed bracket can be used as a template to help make the remaining brackets.

    5. Step: 5

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      Determine the placement for each ski slot. You'll want about 10 inches between each slot to accommodate for the width of the bindings. Each ski slot is 3/4 of an inch wide and 5 1/2 inches deep. This will accommodate most skis. Trace around a 3/4 inch dowel to get a rounded slot, and use a carpenters square to draw the straight lines on each side of the ski slot.

    6. Step: 6

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      Use a 3/4 inch spade bit to drill the hole for the back of the ski slot. Drill down as straight as possible.

    7. Step: 7

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      Cut the slots using a jig saw. You can use a circular saw to help cut the sides as straight as possible. Then finish with a jig saw to get the remaining area.

    8. Step: 8

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      Replicate the slots for the second section of the ski rack.

    9. Step: 9

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      Drill 3/4 inch diameter by 3/4 inch deep holes on the top side of the upper part of the ski rack with a spade bit. Cut 4 1/2 inch sections of a 3/4 inch diameter dowel. Glue each dowel in place. These dowels will hold ski poles.

    10. Step: 10

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      Attach the brackets to each ski rack unit. You can do this from either the bottom side or top side of the board. If connecting from the bottom, use a 2 inch screw for the front of the shelf, and a longer screw about 3 1/2 inches toward the back. Make sure to pre-drill to minimize the chance of wood splitting.

    11. Step: 11

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      Create an optional upper shelf for boot storage / helmets etc. The shelf was made out of a 1x12 board and brackets were made out of a 2x12. Feel free to use scrap wood or plywood for this upper shelf to save money. You can purchase metal brackets from the store if you'd rather not make your own brackets. If making wood brackets, use a bucket to help create an arch.

    12. Step: 12

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      Paint or stain the ski rack as you desire. I used special walnut stain.

    13. Step: 13

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      Attach the upper ski rack unit to the wall using 3 1/2 inch wood screws. Pre-drill through each bracket prior to inserting a screw. Make sure you the screw goes into a stud in the wall to create a secure connection, and use a level so it goes up straight. I attached the ski rack about 6 1/2 feet up from the ground. This will differ depending on the lengths of skis you own.

    14. Step: 14

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      Attach the lower bracket directly beneath the top so the skis will hang straight. I placed them 49 inches apart.

    15. Step: 15

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      Install the top shelf using 2 screws in each bracket.

    16. Step: 16

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      Enjoy your new ski rack and an organized garage!

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SKI RACK

by DIY PETE
Apr 18, 2016
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Organize your skis, poles, and boots for the whole family with this easy to build ski rack. A top and bottom unit hold the skis together on both ends. 3/4 inch wide grooves are cut for each pair of skis. Dowels are used to hold the poles and an additional shelf can be added above for boot and helmet storage. This project can be completed in a half day to full day depending on your skill level and the finish used. This ski rack was stained to give it a more finished and complete look. <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/DIYPete-RyobiNation%20SkiRackPlans.pdf">Click here to download DIY Pete's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge ddc2968e 4742 42f2 83da 794c069728e1

    First, find an area in your garage to install your ski rack project. This rack is just over 4 feet wide, but please feel free to modify it if you have more or fewer skis. Use a stud finder to determine where the studs are in your wall. Generally, studs are 16 inches on center. You'll be attaching the brackets for each rack unit to the studs to create a solid connection.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 1b3760b8 ad44 481c 94a6 d9f80b737ea1

    Cut the long horizontal boards down to size according to the cut list, or to the dimensions that best fit your space. I cut the 2 long boards to 52 1/2 inches. Use a circular saw or miter saw to make this cut.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 1d8f487e 7f6d 415a 8bcc 2f39af655a82

    Use the remaining scraps of the 2x8 board to cut brackets for the upper and lower ski rack units. They'll measure roughly 7 1/4 inch by 7 1/4 inch. Cut the boards at a 45 degree angle. You'll need a total of 4 brackets. If you choose to make a wider ski rack I'd recommend increasing the number of brackets. If you'd rather not make your own brackets, you can purchase wood or metal brackets at the store.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge b18a1ceb 39dd 4e18 8ec3 eaa9e49c6afc

    Use a 1 gallon paint can to create an arch in the bracket. The arch gives it a nice look. Clamp down each piece and cut the arch out with a jig saw. The first completed bracket can be used as a template to help make the remaining brackets.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge b390043a c4a2 4421 be56 66ec6576b506

    Determine the placement for each ski slot. You'll want about 10 inches between each slot to accommodate for the width of the bindings. Each ski slot is 3/4 of an inch wide and 5 1/2 inches deep. This will accommodate most skis. Trace around a 3/4 inch dowel to get a rounded slot, and use a carpenters square to draw the straight lines on each side of the ski slot.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge e21e58a8 6709 42da 9d51 e5aa1d307870

    Use a 3/4 inch spade bit to drill the hole for the back of the ski slot. Drill down as straight as possible.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge f3789065 6a7d 4d66 8320 cf2fe7f9677d

    Cut the slots using a jig saw. You can use a circular saw to help cut the sides as straight as possible. Then finish with a jig saw to get the remaining area.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 332f52d2 db6d 43ff 85dc f9e8ce640061

    Replicate the slots for the second section of the ski rack.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 14a9545c 483c 44d5 acfe 3280529ed64e

    Drill 3/4 inch diameter by 3/4 inch deep holes on the top side of the upper part of the ski rack with a spade bit. Cut 4 1/2 inch sections of a 3/4 inch diameter dowel. Glue each dowel in place. These dowels will hold ski poles.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge ac8211e0 88a2 40d6 a07f 2583dbdbc214

    Attach the brackets to each ski rack unit. You can do this from either the bottom side or top side of the board. If connecting from the bottom, use a 2 inch screw for the front of the shelf, and a longer screw about 3 1/2 inches toward the back. Make sure to pre-drill to minimize the chance of wood splitting.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge a31f2969 f0c5 462b 9e3f 6741d73f8a8c

    Create an optional upper shelf for boot storage / helmets etc. The shelf was made out of a 1x12 board and brackets were made out of a 2x12. Feel free to use scrap wood or plywood for this upper shelf to save money. You can purchase metal brackets from the store if you'd rather not make your own brackets. If making wood brackets, use a bucket to help create an arch.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 58f52f43 7486 4d00 8278 8d9a95ceae9c

    Paint or stain the ski rack as you desire. I used special walnut stain.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 4d644eea c5b6 4502 aae1 24866cc7f14a

    Attach the upper ski rack unit to the wall using 3 1/2 inch wood screws. Pre-drill through each bracket prior to inserting a screw. Make sure you the screw goes into a stud in the wall to create a secure connection, and use a level so it goes up straight. I attached the ski rack about 6 1/2 feet up from the ground. This will differ depending on the lengths of skis you own.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge afb5eb29 d85b 4746 ae76 cc3aab7b12fb

    Attach the lower bracket directly beneath the top so the skis will hang straight. I placed them 49 inches apart.

  15. Step: 15
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    Install the top shelf using 2 screws in each bracket.

  16. Step: 16
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    Enjoy your new ski rack and an organized garage!