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Tactical gear is not only heavy for our shoulders, but it is also heavy for coat hangers. It is well known that heavy things like these can easily break hooks. We are sure that you have experienced this issue when you tried to store them in your closet.
So, you must be wondering how can you solve this problem.
Nobody wants to throw their gear on the floor, even when you want it to be easily accessible. But don’t worry, we have an excellent option for you.
This home-made solution will solve all your problems with the things you need to store. Just follow our steps, and you will soon learn how to build a tactical gear stand like a pro. With this DIY product, you won’t have to worry about your heavy stuff anymore. Now you will have a perfect hanger to rest them which is also easily accessible.
If you want to learn how to make this fantastic item by yourself, all you have to do is read on.
As you know, for every DIY project you will need some materials and tools so you can build the thing you want. We have singled out everything you need to have for this task. So, in order to put your stand together, here is what you will need to get in advance.
- 4 – 18 inches – 2 × 4’s
- 2 – 24 inches – 2 × 4’s
- 1 – 48 inches – 4 × 4 Post
- Small Drill Bit for Pilot Holes
- 16 – 2.5 inches Deck Screws
- Counter Sink
- Measuring Tape / Yard Stick
- Two – Sawhorses (optional)
As for the cost, you won’t have to spend too much money. In fact, this DIY project is an excellent solution for anyone who is on a low budget. The material is not expensive, especially if you don’t use cedar, but instead you purchase regular wood. That will surely help you to lower your costs.
The stand will be around 30 dollars. Bear in mind that this price doesn’t include all the necessary tools for this project such as a level and yard stick/measuring tape. But, it includes the costs of deck screws and wood.
Now, if you have purchased all the materials and possess the tools you will need for this job, we can continue to the next step.
Preparation for Building a Tactical Gear Stand
1. Prep Your Planks/Post
First, get your posts to the right length. That is the first step to begin this project. For example, if the smallest length you’ve found in a 4 x 4 is a 4 x 4 x 8 cedar post, you can cut it. That way, if you decide to bring a buddy, you will get 2 stands.
Another way is to purchase two 2 x 4 x 8 planks and save yourself time by cutting the 2 x 4’ into 24’ and 18’ parts. These two ways are both excellent, but they depend on the material you find in the store.
2. Mark It and Start to Cut
When you have measured the wood and have it at the perfect size, mark 48 inches off on the 4 x 4. You will need a sawhorse here because it will do the job precisely. When you start to cut it, you need to remember to do it slowly. That way you won’t make any mistakes. This part will become the top of the stand where you can place your helmet. So, if it doesn’t turn out perfect, don’t stress out because it won’t be noticeable.
3. Prepare the Wood
When you have cut all the wood, lightly sand the posts/planks. The next step is to drill the pilot holes. In the pieces that make the base (18 inches ones) place 2 pilot holes. In each of the mid-section parts, put 4 more holes. That way the deck screws will fit perfectly in the wood pieces.
1. Build the Bottom/Base
The first thing you need to do is to take one base piece of 18 inches at a time and screw the screws into the 4 x 4 base. Around the bottom of the 4 x 4, stagger the parts. That will help your stand to stand properly.
2. Set Up the Mid-Section
Measure down 13 inches from the top of the 4 x 4. This needs to be the mid-section that is made by the top of the 2 x 4 which is horizontally placed. To keep the first 2 x 4 in one place, screw 4 screws while using a level. Turn around the tactical gear stand and put the final 2 x 4, that needs to be at the same distance from the top. (13 inches)
Place the level across the two 2 x 4 mid-section and make sure to check it one more time before placing the screws in. Using the final 4 screws, screw in the last 2 x 4.
3. Top Off This Stand
When you have done every step correctly, and you have double checked every screw, your stand will be ready to hold all your gear. Now all you have to do is to test it to see if everything is okay and sturdy. After all, you need to make sure that your project can handle the heavy weight.
If it can hold them, then you can proudly say that you’ve just learned how to build a tactical gear stand.
NOTE: To keep patches attached to the tactical gear stand, you can buy adhesive backed loop Velcro. You just need to put velcro’s one side on the stand’s wood, and its other side on the patch’s back.
Building a tactical gear stand may seem like a hard task, but believe us, it is not. In fact, it is an easy project where you just need to have the right tools and materials. And with our step-by-step guide, you will learn in no time how to create one. Make sure to follow all the steps correctly.