I finally got around to doing a quick project that I have been putting off for a while now. I wanted to build a kayak stand that was sturdy enough for me to put a kayak on for extended periods while I installed gear, etc.. This project can be completed in a couple hours easily, and that’s including a stop for lunch. The hardest part may be getting the PVC pipe home. I would actually recommend trying to get the place that you buy them from to cut them if they will.
Here is a list of the parts you will need to build this project based on what I built.
4ea – 10ft sections of PVC pipe. I used 1.5″ pipe for strength but you could use 1.25″.
8ea – 90 degree elbows for the size of the pipe you choose to go with.
2ea – 3/8″ Bolts – long enough to go through two pieces of the pipe you choose.
2ea – Washers and nylon nuts for the bolts above.
15ft – 1″ nylon strap material – You may want more depending on your stand
8ea – 1″ metal screws
8ea – Washers for metal screws
Tools you will need.
- Hand saw for cutting the pipe
- Mitre box for keeping your cuts straight
- Measuring tape
- Felt marker
- Drill bits (appropriate sizes to drill pilot holes for screws & bolts plus a 3/8″ bit)
- A couple of wrenches and a screwdriver or bit for your drill
- A rubber mallet
Since I went to the trouble of making the video below I am not going to get into the detailed steps of the project. Some have asked for my exact measurements on my pipe so I have included them below. Remember that I used 1 1/2″ pipe. If you go with smaller diameter pipe your measurements will be different because of the size of the elbows.
Pipe measurements for my project:
2ea – 59 3/4″
2ea – 55 1/2″
2ea – 36″
2ea – 31.5″
Hopefully the video should be pretty self explanatory. Let me know if you have any questions. Have fun!