make a canoe stand

Anyone have instructions/pictures for a sturdy do-it-yourself canoe stand? I see, Snarfblat, you posted something back in 2005...

Submitted by jm2821 on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 6:01am

The below previous thread has some ideas/pictures for three different ones.

The below link is bvillanu's webpage with instructions and pictures of the ones that he made (A design/ folding X) with PVC pipes. I've made several sets for my OC-1's. I made a set with 1" PVC vice the 1 1/4" ones and they work just the same and a little bit lighter. I also made a modified set with with 3/4" PVC for my ama.

#1 Mon, 08/10/2009 - 12:32pm

Two ways to go.....WalMart has folding stools for $5 each. This give you the base to work from. Use the strapping for patio chairs for the side the boat sits on. You have to pull out all the lousy staples first. Secure these with ss screws and nuts with lock washers. Next, on the lower side, you need another strap that controls how far the seat opens. So, short strap on the bottom, long, sagging straps on top where you put the boat. Your ama cradle has a different height than the hull cradles. Best part....they fold up and sit in your trunk!!

Another option, no straps at all, except at the bottom to control width. Use pipe insulation on each arm where the boat sits. Tape the insulation to the wooden arms.

Another option is to use PVC tubing and connectors but that is a pain and the glue dries out.

#2 Mon, 09/21/2009 - 11:49am

i made these, but they are huge, and heavy (not very practical for lugging to the beach). anyone have more compact design, or could give me measurements, or could tell me how you made yours?

#3 Thu, 11/10/2011 - 10:02am

Fastest and easiest solution is to get those lightweight aluminum folding armchairs with "sagging," soft , long and flexible arm rests. They are getting rare though, because most armrests available on these chairs are stiff, hard and short, which are useless for holding canoes. For more sturdiness use two chairs, especially for two-mans.

#4 Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:41am


Instead of 1 1/4" PVC pipes and connectors, make them using 1" or even 3/4" PVC pipes and connectors.

Instead of 2.5 feet (30 inches) cross braces, cut them to 18".

Instead of 1.5 feet (18 inches) for the feet, cut them down to anywhere from 8 - 12"

Follow the same instructions (adjust the length of the bolts for the smaller diameter pipes) and you'll have lighter compact ones that you can lug around and supprt your OC1.

#5 Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:29pm

@E7M, ryim

I made those exact ones. The original design is a bit bulky for the amount of weight its going to be supporting. But I did have it out on a windy day and they were rock solid. My only complaint might be that they're a bit low to the ground. A friend of mine has similar stands, but based off measurements close to E7M's recommendations, and they're much lighter and higher. Makes cleaning the OC1 easier, but they're a bit more unstable.

Also, another suggestion would be to get a smaller than you think you need, diameter rope. I bought one that was exactly 3/8 in rope and it was too big. Ended up getting some old thin rope.

#6 Fri, 11/11/2011 - 7:57am

thank you E7M. my next set will follow those dimensions. i actually did use 1" instead, and for the "scrap rope", i used old wire from a tv set.

#7 Sat, 11/12/2011 - 2:34am

Here's an alternative. and I would add some cushion and paint. cheap if you have spare plywood also compact.

#8 Sat, 11/12/2011 - 12:56pm

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