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Monday, 19 March 2012 02:00

Ep 01: Kayak Work Stand

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Welcome to the YakAngler Workshop. This is a new series of articles and videos I am putting together with tips, tricks, and how-tos centered around kayak fishing. In these articles, I hope to share with you not just how I do things, but why. I’m also looking for your requests and ideas for new episodes. If you have a suggestion, please post it in the YakAngler Workshop Suggestions forum. As with most things in life, there are multiple ways to do things, and I will be presenting one or maybe a few ways to do a project. We will have a forum topic for each episode so everyone can share their thoughts.

Episode 1: Building a Kayak Work Stand

In the first episode, I build a sturdy folding stand to support your kayak while working on it. I use two different height stands, for different purposes. The first one is shorter and raises the kayak about 15”. I use this stand at the launch ramp, while camping, and at tournaments. The second one sits about 33” off the ground. I use that one in my workshop, because it gives me a comfortable height working platform.

The materials for this project can be found locally at most hardware or home improvement stores for under $30.

  • 4 - pieces of 1 ½” PVC cut into 48” lengths
  • 4 - pieces of 1 ½” PVC cut into 20” to 36” lengths depending on how high you want to make the stand
  • 4 - 1 ½” PVC 90 deg elbows
  • 4 - 1 ½” PVC tees
  • 2 - 5/16” bolts with nuts and 6 washers
  • 2 – 24” axle straps (Tractor Supply), lashing straps, or other straps to support the kayak
  • PVC glue and primer

The tool list is also pretty basic.

  • Fine-tooth saw for cutting the PVC pipe
  • A drill and 3/8” drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Marking pen or penci

kayak workstand parts

The first step in this project is to cut the PVC to the correct lengths, then drill the holes in the four cross braces. I offset the hole 2” from the end-to-end center, and place the longer side down during assembly. This gives you a slightly wider base and makes the stand more stable. Then I dry fit the stand without glue to make sure everything fits, and it ends up being the dimensions that I want. With this stand you are building two interlaced rectangles, and the axle straps slide over the PVC. The bolts go through both cross braces with a washer between the two pieces of PVC. The nuts do not have to be much more then finger tight.

kayak workstand joint

After the stand is together I make any adjustments, then I glue the pieces. When gluing the stand, make sure your PVC is clean and dry. If not, you can’t go wrong by using primer. Also make sure your PVC glue is fresh. If it has been sitting on your workshop shelf for a year since you repaired your kitchen sink, toss it and get a fresh can. After you have glued the pieces, give it an hour or two to dry, and you can start using the stand.

Please join the discussion on this project below in the comments. We’ll see you out on the water.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.



# YakSushi 2012-03-22 08:13
So what's everyone's thoughts on the first episode?
+1 # AllWet 2012-03-22 23:20
Very good, quite useful
+1 # ABadBackcast 2012-03-23 09:11
I think this sort of thing is great! When I need to know how to do something, I usually look on you tube first....
+1 # Bayouscoot 2012-03-25 07:21
Awesome & very helpful!
I've been wanting to do something like this.

Agree with Rob, I usually go to YouTube as well. It's great that you've begun this addition to the site.
# okieyak 2014-07-24 17:21
Very useful information. This helps get the job done much faster and I don't have to guess at the measurements, materials, etc.
# TonyMSP 2015-03-07 12:19
Thank you

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