Outboard Motor Stand

These wood working plans include:

The following drawings: Front and Side Elevation with a plan view giving the dimensions of the outboard motor stand; a detail of the plywood bracket with dimensions.

The plans have a List of Materials, showing a breakdown of materials for the outboard motor stand.

The Instructions discuss how to build an outboard motor stand made from plywood and dimension lumber, complete with casters to roll out of the way in the off season. The layout of the sides are shown in a drawing and discussed in the instructions.

Drawing of our outboard motor stand.

List of Materials

  • 1 sheet 4x8x3/4" plywood, brackets and base
  • 2 - 2x4x8' #2 or better, base and legs
  • 1 - 2x6x3' motor support
  • 3' of 1 1/4" wood dowel
  • 4 - swivel 2 1/2" plate casters (2 - with brake, optional)
  • 8 - 3"x#10 flathead wood screws, legs, motor support and plate
  • 1 box of 2"x#8 flathead wood screws, brackets, dowel, base and casters


Before starting on this outboard motor stand, check the measurements of your particular outboard motor to be sure the height and width is correct. I used my own 7.5 Honda as an example. I allowed 2" in height for clearance. Measure from the top of the motor support bracket on the outboard to the bottom of the skeg. Just add to the height or width of this drawing if required.

Cut 2 - 2x4s 26" long and 2 - 2x4s 19" long to construct the base. Toe-screw them together in the corners to assemble the 26" square base. Cut a piece of 3/4" plywood 26" square and fasten it to the top of the 2x4 base using glue and the 2" screws. Place the base with the plywood upright and fasten the casters to the plywood extreme corners using the 2" screws. Turn the base of the outboard motor stand right side up on the casters, if you choose to install brake casters place them on the front of the base. These are needed only if the surface is sloped where the motor will be stored.

Cut the two legs from 2x4s 37" long with the bottom end cut on a 20 degree angle. Notch out the top end to receive a 2x6 26" long, as shown in the drawings. Fasten the 2x6 motor support to the 2x4 notch with two 3" screws and the bottom of the legs to the 2x4 base with 3" toe-screws (through the leg into the 2x4 base at an angle). Pre-drilling these large screws prevents the wood from splitting.

Cut the plywood brackets to support the legs and the 1 1/4" dowel as a push handle, as shown on this drawing of the outboard motor stand.

Lay them out full size on the sheet of plywood, as shown. Use them as separate templates to mark the opposite side brackets.

Layout the position of the dowel so that there is about 3/4" of plywood around the dowel for strength.

Assemble the brackets keeping the bottom one flush with the plywood of the base of the outboard motor stand and the upper one resting on the lower one, as shown. Screw and glue these pieces with 2" screws. Cut the dowel 26" long and screw it from the plywood with glue and 2" screws, one on each end, centered.

If a router is handy, round over the edges of the plywood with a 3/8" round over bit. This will keep slivers out and make it look smart.

Paint or stain your outboard motor stand as you desire.


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