How to Make a Wooden Bike Rack

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How to Make a Wooden Bike Rack
Fix bicycle clutter with a wooden bike rack. (old bikes image by Jodi from Fotolia.com)

Bicycles are a great resource to have around. But they can also be a hassle to store, especially if you have several of them. If your garage suffers from a case of bicycle clutter, a wooden bike rack is an easy do-it-yourself solution that requires only a few dollars' worth of material, a couple of tools and less than a day of work. These instructions walk you through a three-bike rack that suits children or adult bikes with wheels up to 2 inches wide. For thinner or wider tires, modify the measurements accordingly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 lengths 2x4 board cut to 30"
  • 2 lengths of 2x6 board cut to 24"
  • 4 lengths of 2x2 board cut to 24"
  • Wood saw
  • Drill
  • 16 #6 galvanised wood screws, 2"
  • Sandpaper

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Instructions

    Build the Bike Rack

  1. 1

    Cut all of the boards to the indicated lengths. Cut a 30-degree angle off one end of each of the 2x2 boards. This tapered end will give the finished product a cleaner look.

  2. 2

    Use the two 30-inch 2x4s for the front and back sides of the rack. Place them so that they are parallel to each other and standing 4 inches high. Place the two 24-inch 2x6 against the ends of the 2x4 so that they form the left and right sides and stand 6-inches high. Pre-drill two holes at the end of each 2x6. Insert screws into the pre-drilled holes at each end. You will use a total of eight screws and finish with a rectangular frame for the bike rack.

  3. 3

    Place one of the 2x2s on top of the frame running from front to back 2 inches from the left side, which will create a 2-inch gap for the wheel of the left-most bike. Measure 7 inches farther to the right and place another 2x2 followed by a 2-inch gap and the third 2x2, creating a gap for the wheel of the middle bike. Measure another 7 inches to the right and place the final 2x2, creating a gap for the wheel of the right-most bike. Ensure that the tapered end of each 2x2 is facing up and to the front of the rack. Pre-drill holes through each end of the 2x2 into the 2x4s that form the front and back of the rack. Insert screws in the pre-drilled holes. You will use eight screws.

  4. 4

    Ensure that all screws are flush. Use the sandpaper to remove any splinters or rough edges and to round corners.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear gloves and eye protection when working with tools.

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