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How to Make a Wooden Bike Rack

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

  5. Warning

    Always wear gloves and eye protection when working with tools.

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Things You'll 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

About the Author

Aden Williamson is an American living in Cairo, Egypt, where he is currently working on an advanced degree in anthropology. He holds a degree in linguistics and most of his published work has dealt with aspects of linguistic determinism. Aden also works as a freelance translator and writer, with articles published regularly on eHow and Answerbag.

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