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djredman99
11-08-10, 08:42 PM
Ok, so I built a stand this weekend so I can get my trailer out of the garage (& fit another Seadoo!).

First, I should say that this is not my design. I totally ripped it off of some pics I found on the net. Of the designs I saw, I did not like the PVC kind and amongst the wooden ones, this one looked sturdy, its design was simple, and is made of basic materials.





Materials

(4) 5" Casters, 330lbs......@$7.49 (from Harbor Freight)
(2) 2x4x8......................@$1.95 (Home Depot)
(3) 2x6x8......................@$4.89 (")
(1) 2x10x8.....................@$7.98 (")
(1) Tube of Liquid Nails....@$1.74 (")
Hardware.....................@$7.97 (")
Total............................ $66.22 (")
** In addition to these materials, you may want to purchase an addition 2x10 or a 2x8 to add support to the tall verticle bunk. If you have a flaw in the wood, a crack/break could occur along the grain of the 2x10, especially on a heavier ski. See the pics at the end to see what I am referring to. **

** Additionally, you could buy a 2x12x8 and cut 8 sections 2'x12'x10" and align the grain vertically and attach to the the 2x10 bunks (4 sections per 2x10 bunk). This will provide the tall bunk section with grains running vertical and horizontal. **



I tried to take quite a few pics of the process so if anyone wants to build one too, they can see how I did it. I used 3" decking screws along with liquid nails to attach the wood. You should pre-drill holes for the screws when you are close to the edge of the boards.

Starting materials
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0604.jpg


2x4's and 2x10's cut into 4' pieces. 2x6's cut to make (4) 36" pieces. the rest of the 2x6 cuts will need to be made later.
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0607.jpg


Started by piecing together the "bunks".
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0624.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0625.jpg


After the bunks are put together, space them evenly and attach (2) 2'x6'x36"
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0626.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0627.jpg


Next, I attached the bottom most 2'x6'x36".
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0628.jpg


Next, I cut the cross support. I laid the board across in position and used a pencil to trace the angle along the 2'x6'x36"'s it attached to. The angle is roughly 30 degrees. Cut on the large side here at first and then cut it down in small increments so you get a snug fit
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0629.jpg


Attaching the cross support
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0632.jpg



Flip it all over and start attaching the top 2x6 pieces, cutting them to fit.
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0633.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0634.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0635.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0636.jpg


Now, time to attach the casters. I used 5/16"x1 3/8" lag bolts. Be sure to pre-drill holes.
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0637.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0638.jpg


Before attaching the carpet, i chamfered the edges where the ski will rest.
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0640.jpg


Attach the carpet, and the finished stand
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/IMG_0642.jpg


If you build your own and want to ask any questions, feel free to ask.

For a sturdier stand, you may want to double up the 2x10's or add a 2x8 along the backside of the 2x10 like the following pics. **Thanks Tony!**

http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/modified-1.jpg
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx274/djredman99/PWC%20Stand/bunks-1.jpg

Good Luck!

Rampage
11-09-10, 07:15 AM
Sweet write up!! For some reason I can only see red X's though

Dr Honda
11-09-10, 08:35 AM
Nice work :cheers:

BUT... do you think the two uprights will be OK? Since the grain of the wood runs the length of the boards... the outward pressure from the "V" hull may snap one of them. (just thinking)

djredman99
11-09-10, 09:22 AM
Nice work :cheers:

BUT... do you think the two uprights will be OK? Since the grain of the wood runs the length of the boards... the outward pressure from the "V" hull may snap one of them. (just thinking)

You have a good point. I think I will attach another 2x4 or a 2x6 to the outside edge of of the 2x10's, just along the top of the other 2x4. I will post a pic with the added support.

djredman99
11-09-10, 09:30 AM
Sweet write up!! For some reason I can only see red X's though

Hmmm...I seem to see the pics fine and Dr Honda apparently does too.

RFoster130
11-09-10, 09:34 AM
Nice write up. I would prolly do this if I had a ski..lol. Pics work fine here too.

Rampage
11-09-10, 09:49 AM
must just be me!! I'm sure I can see them at home later...you never know what is blocked at work

djredman99
11-09-10, 02:57 PM
I added some updated photos at the end based on Tony's feedback.

Thanks again.

Rampage
11-09-10, 03:18 PM
I new I could see them from home!!! Good work buddy!!! Thanks for the pics:cheers:

Dr Honda
11-10-10, 07:41 AM
Probably won't hurt that, unless you drop the ski.

Good job :cheers:

I hate moving skis from the trailer to the stand. I dam near killed my Genesis putting it on my trailer last summer. I was lifting it with a crane, and one of the lift straps snapped. So, the rest stretched enough that when it happened, it actually bounced off the stand leg. (thought it hit hard enough to break the hull)

djredman99
11-10-10, 05:06 PM
I dam near killed my Genesis putting it on my trailer last summer. I was lifting it with a crane, and one of the lift straps snapped. So, the rest stretched enough that when it happened, it actually bounced off the stand leg. (thought it hit hard enough to break the hull)

How much does that Genesis weigh? That is your 4-seater right?

Rampage
11-10-10, 06:06 PM
i made mine from PVC..let me see if I can find a pic.

Rampage
11-10-10, 06:16 PM
found it

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/proquad81/jet%20ski/102_1650.jpg

Dr Honda
11-11-10, 08:47 AM
How much does that Genesis weigh? That is your 4-seater right?

Yep... it's 4 seater.

I think the dry weight is just under 700#. So... with fuel and oil... it was probably around 730#.

For a big ski... it's lighter than any of the new 4-stroke skis, and with the 1200 tripple... it's surprisingly fast. (56 ~57 mph)

The coolest feature on it, is the grab handle on the handlebars. Since I have a 4 year old... she can sit in front of me, and hold on. (I think SeaDoo needs to add that to the 3 seaters)


As an FYI... I've built a bunch of stands out of PVC. They are very strong, and easy to build... But I've never put anything bigger than a stand up ski on them.

hfgreg
03-22-11, 03:21 PM
Going to sticky this thread to the top for a little bit. Great job.

bmilne1957
05-22-11, 11:22 PM
How do you transfer the Ski from trailer to stand?

Dr Honda
05-23-11, 07:24 AM
Either 3 big guys... or some times you can just slide it off the trailer.... OR, use a crane.

Either way... it's a pain with the bigger skis.

Bills86e
09-26-11, 11:24 AM
An old pump-up Barber chair makes a great Seadoo ski or engine stand. I used a 3/4"x20"x20" plywood with two 4"x6"x20" milled 29*'s.

(I'm cramped for space). GREAT JOB! Also makes a good base for shipping an engine.

Bill

crisso
09-26-11, 11:38 AM
Just a note.Those older barber stand bits,are going up hugely in value.Collectors love them

Jacobdixon
11-02-11, 05:47 AM
Looks great and seems to be very tough to carry seadoo to a long distance, you seems to had work hard to build such tough stand, great work

LouDoo
11-02-11, 06:16 AM
A PWC stand is typically used to either store a ski or to move it around a shop or garage, they are not used for transporting a PWC.

Lou

hfgreg
11-02-11, 11:29 PM
Closing thread for now. If you have some info that you think should be added to this thread please PM me!