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
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.
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.