How to build a tire rack

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How to build a tire rack

Garages and shops can easily become cluttered with many items in them. Shelving can solve a lot of your problems by clearing up floor space; but then there are spare tires that take up a lot of space and don't sit well on regular shelves. You can build a custom tire rack shelf with a few tools and supplies which will fit five standard tires or four racing tires standing upright on each shelf.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Saw
  • Phillips drill bit
  • drill
  • Twenty-four 2 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Twenty-four 3-inch wood screws
  • Seven 10-foot 2 by 4's
  • Level
  • Wood clamps
  • Protective eye wear
  • Gloves

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    Building a Tire Rack

  1. 1

    Cut six 22-inch 2 by 4 pieces. Cut six 5-foot 2 x 4 pieces.

  2. 2

    Position the pieces to form three 62 by 22-inch rectangular patterns (place the 22 inch pieces as the ends on the rectangles). Screw two 2 1/2-inch screws through the end 22-inch joints, do this to every corner and build all three wooden rectangles.

  3. 3

    Cut four 6-foot 2 by 4 pieces.

  4. 4

    Lay one rectangle flat onto the floor. Stand up a 6-foot 2 by 4 just 2 inches in from the side on a 22-inch end of the rectangle. Use a level to make sure the 6-foot 2 by 4 is level upright and clamp it into place. Screw two 3-inch screws through the 6-foot 2 by 4 into the 22-inch 2 by 4 end. Repeat these steps on the other side of this same end of the rectangle. Repeat what you did on this end of the rectangle on the other end.

    How to build a tire rack
  5. 5

    Lower the next wooden rectangle into the frame. Measure up 34 inches from the floor. Use the level to level the next shelf. Clamp all four 6-foot 2 by 4s into place. Screw two 3-inch screws through each of the four 6-foot 2 by 4s into the 22-inch 2 by 4 wooden rectangle ends. Repeat this step to screw the top shelf even and flush with the top of the 6-foot 2 by 4s.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear protective eye wear and gloves.

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