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Old 03-09-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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This afternoon was Canoe rack time.

Trip to Lowes for sawhorse brackets and 2x4s. Had Lowes cut them into 48 inch lengths.


Damn 'Made in China' crap brackets are advertised for fitting 2x4s. Of course, they are too small. Slight modification of 2x4s required.



One sawhorse assembled. Cut 10 degree angle on bottom of 'feet' for stability.
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Added some cross bracing for stability. Shot for 6 inch lengths and cut them to fit the angles.



Sawhorses will be used for double-decker storage of our two canoes.



Almost done... Ran out of pressure treated lumber (DH used the pieces I had at home for supporting a chevy engine that is sitting on our moving dolly). Threw on some ladder brackets for multipurpose storage.



With just a bit more lumber I will finish up tomorrow. These are heavy as hell. I bought stainless eyebolts to lash the canoes down to them and I expect that they will be very stable.

More pics to come.
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Covering? You may not have the sunlight problems we have down here, but in Florida a canoe or kayak can be almost totally ruined within three years exposure to those UV rays.
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Yup - It will be under an overhang of the garage - out of the wind/weather and I'll rig a tarp up to protect it from the sun/rain.
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Finished the racks last week. Got both canoes on it today. There's just enough room with the ladder on the hooks for me to slide between the ladder and fence. Bungied everything down, just in case, but I don't expect it will catch much wind on the leeward side of the garage.

I underestimated the height required for the lower support beam... really I over-estimated the space needed for the canoe. So I'll have to raise it up a bit so the canoe isn't too close to the ground.

Thanks for the help and suggestions.

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Finished the racks last week. Got both canoes on it today. There's just enough room with the ladder on the hooks for me to slide between the ladder and fence. Bungied everything down, just in case, but I don't expect it will catch much wind on the leeward side of the garage.

I underestimated the height required for the lower support beam... really I over-estimated the space needed for the canoe. So I'll have to raise it up a bit so the canoe isn't too close to the ground.

Thanks for the help and suggestions.

Bragger! I couldn't get one of my legs through there!

Nice looking job.
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