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How To Build A Grab & Go Cord Rack

Updated: Jan. 18, 2018

This one-hour project provides a simple way to hang up a variety of things such as extension cords, rope or air hoses, and it keeps them away from your workspace.

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Watch the video below, and then use the tech art and instructions provided to build this super-simple and efficient cord rack.

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If you hang all of your cords on one hook, you already know the problem: You have to remove a bunch of cords to get at the one you want. You could have separate hooks for each cord, but that would eat up too much precious wall space in your shop. This cord rack is the perfect solution. It stacks cords to use space efficiently and lets you instantly grab any cord without digging.

Materials List

  • 6′ 1 x 4 Board
  • 6′ 1 x 2 Board
  • Bike Hooks
  • #8 Wood Screws
  • Nuts & Bolts

What It Takes

  • Time: 1 Hour
  • Cost: $10
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Tools: Any Saw, Drill, & Clamps

Cutting List Cord Rack Cutting List

Planning Your Rack

  • Everything you need is available at home centers including the necessary hooks.
  • Size the rack to suit your situation. You may want a version with longer or shorter arms with more or less hooks. Maybe just one arm or several. Plan it out and you may be able to get away with buying less wood.
  • Locate the wall studs before you build. The rack is designed for 16 in. and 24 in. studs, but double-check so you don’t get the brackets landing on a stud, as that will make mounting the cleat extremely difficult.
  • Make sure to attach the brackets with a piece of scrap wood in between them in order to keep them from pinching the arms once attached.
  • You can use any type of saw to finish this rack. I used a miter saw, but if all you have is a circular saw or jigsaw, this rack can easily be made in no extra time.

Tech Art

Cord Rack Exploded FullCord Rack Exploded Bracket