The amount of bicycles in a house for even a small family can really add up. When all of these bicycles are laid against the building they can be vulnerable to both theft and the elements. However, you may not wish to have the clutter of your bicycles in the driveway or garage. Keep bicycles more organized, reduce wear and tear on the bikes, and provide a more streamlined storage area by creating a wooden bike rack out of common pieces of lumber.
Items you will need
- 6 pieces of wood, 2-inch-by-6-inch-by-2-feet long
- 2 pieces of wood, 2-inch-by-4-inch-by-4-feet long
- Electric drill
- 12 deck screws
Cut off two corners from the same side of each 2 by 6 with the jigsaw. There should by two sharp 90-degree corners on one edge and two angled corners on the other side.
Measure 3/4 of an inch from the 90-degree angled butt ends of each 2 by 4. Make a mark with a pencil at this location so that it is visible on the end. Mark 3/4 inches high on both ends of all six 2 by 6s.
Line up the 2 by 6 pieces on the ground, sitting on their edges. Lay the 2 by 4 pieces butted up against the ends of the 2 by 6s. Position the wood so that the ends of each 2 by 4 are pushed up against the edges of two of the 2 by 6s.
Lift the 2 by 4 up so that the bottom touches the line 3/4 inches from the bottom of the end of the 2 by 6. Drill one screw through the 2 by 4 to hold it in place here. Repeat for both ends of both 2 by 4s. The 2 by 4 is kept slightly off the ground to prevent rot.
Place one bike up against the edge of one of the outermost 2 by 6s. Press the wheel against the 2 by 6. Push another 2 by 6 against the other side of the wheel for a custom fit. Drill through the 2 by 4 into each end of the 2 by 6 to hold it in place. Repeat for another bike on the other outermost 2 by 6.
Find a location to place the middle rack. The actual distance only depends on how much space you want between the various bikes. Once you have found a good location, attach one of the last 2 by 6s by drilling into the ends through the 2 by 4s, the same as you did for the racks on the ends. Press the third bike up against this 2 by 6, press the last 2 by 6 against the bike. Drill a screw into each end through the 2 by 4s to create a custom rack for the third bike.
Take the bikes out of the racks if you haven't done so already. Drill another screw through the end of each 2 by 6 so that there are now two screws going through the 2 by 4 into the ends of each 2 by 6. This will make the rack solid now that all the adjustments have been made.
Pick the rack up and place it in position outside your house or in the garage.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have a router, use it to smooth out the edges to give your bike rack a nicer finish and make it easier to place the bicycles inside.
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