How to build a D.I.Y. fin rack

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D.I.Y. fin rack

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A “fin rack” is the perfect towel rack for any surfer or a beach-themed home. Bosch and big wave surfer Mark Visser will show you how to make one for your home.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare the backboard
2 Cut the timber
3 Outline the surf fins
4 Cut out the surf fins
5 Perfect the surf fin shape
6 Mark out the spacing for the hooks
7 Router out the backboard
8 Pre-drill holes
9 Glue the fins
10 Finish up
11 Job done!
  • Step 1. Prepare the backboard

    Start with a piece of camphor laurel, 1400mm x 175mm x 18mm.

  • Step 2. Cut the timber

    Cut the timber in half so you have two lengths of 700mm, using one piece for the backing and the remaining piece to make your fins.

  • Step 3. Outline the surf fins

    Mark out the fin template you want for with a surfboard fin in four sections of the wood. Remember to include the extension on the bottom of each fin to insert into the backing board approximately 70mm x 8mm x 8mm.

  • Step 4. Cut out the surf fins

    Use a jigsaw to cut around the surf fin shape.

  • Step 5. Perfect the surf fin shape

    Once you have the fins cut out you'll need to sand the edges down into a slim line fin shape with an electric sander.

  • Step 6. Mark out the spacing for the hooks

    Next mark out the four points on the backing board that you want to place the fins into.

  • Step 7. Router out the backboard

    Using an 8mm router bit, router out a depth of 8mm and 70mm in length. Test to make sure all the fins fit snug into the backboard in each of the routered grooves.

  • Step 8. Pre-drill holes

    Pre-drill a hole into the middle of each routered out grooves. Put the fins into each hole with some wood glue.

  • Step 9. Glue the fins

    Put the fins into each hole with some wood glue.

  • Step 10. Finish up

    Secure each of the fins by putting a screw in each of the pre-drilled holes.

  • Step 11. Job done!

    Now all you need to do is find somewhere to hang your fin rack and add some towels.


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