Folding kayak stands - quick and clean DIY

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-18-2020 06:00 PM 836 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Folding kayak stands
quick and clean DIY

Hi LJ’s,
It’s not a lot of woodworking I get done these days and also not often I take the time, to hang out on LJ, but this one is a project I thought could be useful to others, so I thought it was time.

As some of you know, I have bought my self a wonderful little allotment house, right in the middle of the fields, in Denmark. Having spend a good year on restoring the house, I found it was time to look outside the small plot and so I bought my self a sea kayak, to row the sea and the lakes around here.

Here we have the kayak on the stands that this blog is about, it was bought used, but as good as new, except the finn needed replacement and one scratch in the bottom, so at almost half the price of a new, I bought it, with a big smile.

The star of the show, the folding kayak stand.
It can be used for maintaining, storage or to bring along.
The project was almost a direct copy of these that I found on the www. Thank you to: Richard Jensen & Chantal Ethier.

Here the happy monkey with a beer in the garden, in front of the wee house, we got to get him out of the garden, before he drinks all the beers…
Life is sweet here, the late summer is wonderfully warm and if it was not for global warming, I would say it was perfect.

Ok, you are allowed to laugh, this is my tiny car, with the new kayak, on the day I bought it.

I made it up as I went on, so here are the first one I finished and in the back you see the roof rafters I used for the project.
They are 38×55 mm and I cut them to 750 mm lengths, as I wanted a low version, you can just make them longer, if you want a taller stand.

First step was to drill holes through the centre and join them with threaded rod and put washers in between.

The leg part that touches the ground, cut to 45°.

Then open the legs to 90° and put a stop block on the two legs.

Just four screws.

Next I drilled the holes for the rope, the two fixed legs get a 12 mm, as the rope was 10 mm.

The moving leg, gets a 16 mm, as the rope needs to come in and out through it.

Next up is the stabilizing food, I found a 20 mm board in the backyard, so that was the dimension. On this I draw the layout for cutting.

The top was cut with a circular saw.
This is not needed, it’s just for decoration and the water to run off.

Then a curve under, for making contact points in each end, the makes it much more stable, especially on the grass.

Then it was screwed on the legs, so that the end of the legs, stopped by the curve. Again just four screws.

Here we have them after paint.

Here the rope going double in and out the folding leg and a knot is tied on the back side.
Ohhh yes I also rounded the tops, so they would not scratch the kayak.

Then one rope through each of the fixed legs and here again a knot to fix them.

Here we have it, a foldable kayak stand.

Other side.

Folded up.

Doesn’t take up much space, when folded.

They can be carried in the rope.

Here used for storing the kayak in my allotment garden.

Notice how the rope follows the curve, this is how tight you want your rope

Only the rope touches the kayak.

But I decided to make som carpet pads for the ends, just to make sure, I would not scratch the kayak, when putting it on the stands.
Here some leftover nylon carpet.

Plenty big and with this cut into it.

Then attach with stable gun on the back.

Pull and a few more, deep into the carpet.

Finally locking it down.

Trim to make a perfect fit.

That’s it!

Kayak stands completed.

Here a drawing I made after, with the meassures.
Yes I know it’s mm, so you might have to use your calculator.

I even found time during the day, to add a wind paddle to the kayak, am I the only one thinking adventures.

Ready to get going.

Kayak driving tiny car…

Out there!
Yes it’s wonderful, had a magic row, down the Danish coast line.

I hope you are all fine and finding your ways, through these crazy times of pandemic, mad politicians in many countries now and a world, that some how seem to be spinning faster than we can control these days…

Hope it can be to some inspiration, now we can sing, stand by me…
Ohhh shut up MaFe!

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 08-18-2020 06:50 PM


I am so glad to see you building things again. How have you been doing? It seems you are getting around a little better as I am also.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 08-18-2020 08:13 PM

And now we just wait for the blogpost where you start to bild a kayak..

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#3 posted 08-18-2020 10:17 PM

Great post as always Mads. You have the imagination and ethic I respect. Wish it would have worked out for us to meet last year. I have some sad news to share but I will do that in a private message.

I can’t believe that you were using an electric drill to drill those holes. Where are your brace and auger bits? lol

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 08-18-2020 10:21 PM

weve missed you here it’s not the same when your gone too long but i can see why,looks like youve been having a busy relaxing summer.ill bet you turn some heads when your heading down the road with that big yellow banana on top of that little car-lol.i wish you many happy days on the water my friend,thanks for sharing another one of your adventures.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 08-18-2020 11:45 PM

So well thought out, Mads!

Loved all 3 videos, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 08-19-2020 01:41 AM

Very nice project, and I’m glad you’re enjoying life rowing about.

Here in the desert, we keep busy, but still find time to watch the birds. This is a little lady my sweetie has named Annabel.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 08-19-2020 10:27 AM

Hope you got back before the sun went down Mads. Have you tried putting the sail on top of the kayak on top of your car. It would do wonders for your fuel economy. LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 08-23-2020 11:36 PM

Hi guys,
Arlin Eastman, I’m really fine thanks, life just fly. Yes I’m a happy busy bee. Happy to hear you are on the good path. Smiles, thank you.
Frustrator, ohhhh I would love that one fine day.
Schwieb, yes it was a shame we did not manage. Sorry to hear this, I will await your message. Ha ha ha, yes I du use plenty of electric tools, even got a generator here, when I need more than the 700w that the sun system can give. Best of my thoughts to you and the family. Thank you for the kind words.
pottz, I also kind of miss you guys, but the hours simply fly and I have put the allotment on the top priority now, hope I will find more time, when winter comes and I will be back in Copenhagen and my workshop. Thank you dear Pottz. Big laugh, yes people laugh and I call my self the happy monkey, with the yellow banana now.
Lew, thank you so much, big warm smile.
Dave Polaschek, wauuuuuuu what an amazing picture and bird. Thank you Dave, enjoy.
Brit, ha ha ha big laugh, that would look even more crazy.
I already got good use for the stands, as I spend most of my day fixing the skeg on the kayak, it showed out that the guy who sold it to me was a bandit and did not tell me it was broken… Well being Mr. Fix It, it was not a big problem and the parts needed were a 45 usd / 35 GBP (new finn and control), so it is still a good buy I made, well of course not if I had to take in to account, that it took me six hours…, but I love fixing things and now I have personal relation to it also.

The bandit had tried to fix it… Grrrrr…

I could only get a finn that had that the right hook, but was too big, so what do a wood worker do?
Take care.
Best thoughts and a big smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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