For the avid skier with several pairs of skis for differing snow conditions, building a homemade ski rack for the garage is an excellent project. You do not need to be a master carpenter to make a useful and sturdy garage ski rack. All you need are the right tools and materials, plus focus and some patience.
Supplies and Tools
The basic design of your ski rack is having two pieces of wood that sit several feet apart from one another. There are angled wooden dowels along these wood posts on which the skis rest. The wood posts are attached to your garage wall. To build the ski rack you need two 2"x4" pieces of wood that are about six feet in length, about six feet of ¾-inch wooden dowels, drywall screws and latex caulking. Additionally, you need a saw, power drill, a 3/4-inch drill bit, a level to ensure the racks are even with one another, sanding drill bit to prevent the wood from scratching the skis and a tape measure.
Preparing and Installing
Prior to drilling into the wood pieces, you should sand the edges with a sanding drill bit for your power drill. Sanding gives your rack a more professional look. Additionally, you can add extra style to your rack by painting the wood pieces and wood dowels. Painting also prevents moisture from affecting the wood. Depending on how many skis you intend to hang, make marks along the wood at 15-inch intervals. You can store four pairs of skis with those measurements.
The most important step is creating the holes for your wooden dowels. The holes need to be at an angle to support the skis. Use a "bevel gauge" with your power drill to help you guide the ¾ inch drill bit into the wood at an angle. These holes occur at the 15-inch marks you created earlier. Cut the dowels into six-inch increments. Make sure to sand the edges of the dowels to prevent scratching the skis. Use the latex caulk to adhere the dowels to the drilled holes.
Allow the dowels to dry overnight. You can wrap and glue pieces of foam around the wood dowels to add padding on which the skis can rest. The following day, take the two pieces of wood and hang them on your garage wall. Most garages have drywall on the interior walls. Make sure to find the "studs" in your wall, which are the thick wood posts that support the garage. They are typically 16 or 32 inches apart. Use a stud finder to assist you in locating them. Drill the wood pieces into the wall about three to four feet apart. Use a level or straightedge to align the two pieces of wood so the skis hang evenly.
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