Kayak rack v2.0

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Project by JCantin posted 07-09-2017 03:34 PM 1209 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second version of this rack that I have built. I used pressure treated 2×4s for the first and overbuilt it somewhat, both of which made it quite heavier than necessary. This one is redesigned, made of red cedar, and is very light. It’s in two sections, the first fits in front of the wheel wells and the second, longer section sits behind them. The two are connected by three 1/2” lag bolts once they are put in place.

The rails are rabetted into the legs which makes if very sturdy, and I reinforced each corner with bracing. I scribed the top of the three top supports using the FastCap AccuScribe, which worked out great.

The rack is secured to the truck rail using two ratchet straps. The kayaks are secured to the rack using two bungee cords.

The finish is Sikkens Cetol in cedar tone. It’s my go-to finish for outdoor projects. Note, this is NOT the Sikkens SRD that Home Depot and others carry. That product is a single application coating. The Cetol product requires two coats, with ample drying time between. In my experience it holds up much better than the SRD product.

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 03:53 PM

It is simply gorgeous. Thank you for posting these pics. I’m glad to learn about the finish you recommend.

How did you attach the cross pieces into the frame?
For one example, the rear cross member that has the reflective material – how is that attached/joined to the lengthwise frame piece?

Is any type of glue used in any of the joints of the project?

Appreciate your great work, and any replies back.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 06:21 PM

Thanks Jim. I used double rabbets on each corner and then the cross braces. Titebond III and 1-5/8” stainless screws.

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#3 posted 07-10-2017 11:38 AM

Your gunna need a bigga truck!

Plus you would get a ticket in Australia for the ovehanging load

I have had good results with Sikkens products.

-- Regards Rob

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