If you've ever found yourself with skateboards strewn about your room and you want to find a neat way to store them and put them on display, a wall-mounted rack can solve your problems. With a little bit of woodworking ability, you can create your own wooden skateboard rack. The materials are inexpensive, and it shouldn't take more than a few hours to create one. Your friends might be begging you to make a skateboard rack for them, too.
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Things you need
- Wooden board 90 cm by 1.95 m by 2.5 cm (3 feet by 6 feet 6 inches by 1 inch)
- 10 7.5 cm by 20 cm by 2.5 cm (3 inch by 8 inch by 1 inch) pieces of wood
- 8 Large screws, 15 cm (6 inches) or longer
- 8 Anchors for the screws
- Hand saw
- Wood glue
- Stud finder
- Protractor (or other angle finding tool)
- Marker or pencil
- Paint (optional)
Saw notches in the left and right sides of the long board using your hand saw. Make these cuts lengthwise starting 15 cm (6 inches) from bottom, make them 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide by 7.5 cm (3 inches) long, and space them 30 cm (1 foot) apart -- 27.5 cm (11 inches) from top of each previous notch. You will get five notches on each side.
Saw grooves into your smaller boards. At 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the end of each board, make an angled groove that's thick enough to rest a skateboard in. Use the protractor to cut it at 50 degrees, causing the skateboard to rest horizontally facing outward and lean over the long part of the board. It may not stay in place yet, but it will once the rest of the rack is assembled.
Glue each of the smaller boards using wood glue into each of the notches of the larger board. The boards should be protruding out of the large board so that as you are facing the broad side of the large board, these smaller boards will be pointing at you. Ensure the grooves of the boards are face up. This is where the skateboard will rest in the finished product.
Wait at least two hours, or longer if recommended for your chosen glue.
Paint the rack if you choose to decorate it, this is completely optional. Use any paint that works on wood.
Locate studs using the stud finder. Mark these studs with a marker, just a small dot or "X" will do. Mounting the heavy rack on studs will keep it from tearing your plasterboard.
Drill through the rack into wall with all eight screws using wall anchors. Make sure you're screwing the rack into the studs you've marked. Place screws above each other, not side by side. Mask the screws with paint if desired. Your rack is now ready to hold your boards.
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