After a match is over, it could be a challenge to be a hockey player because your kid has a lot of equipment. It’s not too hard to pick all your equipment and clean it up.
The challenge is to teach your children to store things after usage. In this case, you can get a stick rack for your kid. It will not only remove the mess created by your kids, but it will also allow them to keep their equipment in good condition.
Today we are not going to review any equipment on the market but we will show you how to build your own hockey stick rack instead.
It’s super easy to build and it’s gonna make sure that all your hockey equipment cross-country skis and snowboards are gonna stay up and off the ground. Now let me show you how we built it.
- Miter Saw
- Spade Bits
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- Qty 9 – 2 x 4 x 8′ Pressure Treated Lumber
- Qty 3 – 7/8″ Wood Dowels
- 2-1/2″ Exterior Wood Screws
The first step is to collect and cut down all of the lumber on the miter saw. However, it’s up to you since a circular saw would work just fine. We’re gonna use pressure-treated lumber for this project and that way it’s just going to be able to withstand all of the outdoor elements without any type of finish on it.
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If you want all the dimensions as far as the lengths of the boards and what these need to be cut down to, search for them online or you can stop by a material store.
After preparation, we should have the base of the rack and this is made out of pressure-treated two by fours. If you want to make these out of two by fours rather than something wider that way with their seams in the middle so you should get some joints to allow for drainage. Now go ahead and secure all of this together with two and a half-inch of wood screws.
Install Vertical Boards
Now get a vertical board centered in the same place on one of its side of the base, then what you are gonna do is to secure it to the base on an angle by screwing through on an angle on both sides into this board. This is not going to be the structural connection, it is just going to simply secure it in place when so that you can move on with the assembly process.
So go ahead and jack the base upon some scrap pieces of 2×4 and that way you can attach the mitered pieces the (45-degree feet) which are also going to act as support for this vertical piece as well. Now look at the line up in the middle, you put two screws in each side of those, and then we’ll secure it down here with two more screws and that should also happen to the other side.
Install the Feet
Now you space the base 1-½ off the ground with scrap wood and then attach the legs with 2-½” wood screws.
Install the Rails and Dowels
Next up, go ahead and cut a bunch of these poplar dowels down to about eight and a half inches and these are gonna be drilled and go all the way through each of the horizontal bars on this rack. Starting with drilling holes in top two rails to match dowel diameter and attach the three rails as desired with 2-½” wood screws, this step is going to keep the sticks and stuff from sliding around.
Then you cut dowels approximately 8” long and insert them one by one. However, in case these are not exterior rated then you should apply them a paint finish or something some kind of protective coating to these before we drill those holes and insert them in place.
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One side of this rag is gonna be for hockey sticks and the other side is gonna be for other customized equipment that you wanna add to.
The problem is in case we have a mix of adults and children equipment that we have to store, so, for instance, an adult stick we want to lean all the way up against the highest horizontal bar and then we also have to put a lower-level bar for the little and the shorter stacks on the other side.
So this one should be at about 32 inches in order to go all the way up to the top and then we’ll put one just across the bottom to keep things from sliding from one side to the other.
Puck Drawn Hockey hopes you guys enjoyed this project. We decided to make it as simple as possible for you to find a decent hockey stick rack so we created the guide above so that anyone could save both time and money for them and their children in the hunt for the right hockey stick racks. Do not forget to share with us your finished-product, comment if you would like for more information.