How to make a D.I.Y. bike rack

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How to make a D.I.Y. bike rack

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Project Overview

Bikes take up a lot of space, especially if you have a big family. Rather than cluttering up your garage or backyard, you can build this bike rack and keep them safe and organised. Make it any size you like to fit the number of bikes in your home. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber
2 Taper the timber
3 Cut the taper
4 Lay out the frame
5 Assemble the bike rack
6 Job done
  • Step 1. Cut the timber

    To make this D.I.Y. project even easier, we had our timber cut at our local Bunnings Warehouse. Our cutting list is: Cut the 90mm x 45mm treated pine to: 500mm x 6 Cut the 70mm x 35mm treated pine to: 1200mm x 2
  • Step 2. Taper the timber

    We want the ends of the timber racks that hold the bikes to taper so they’re flush with the frame. To do this take a piece of the 90mm x 45mm (500mm) treated pine, use a combination square to mark 20mm down for the 90mm face and then use a measuring tape to measure and mark 100mm across on the 500mm face. Use the combination square to draw a line between the two points. On the same side of the timber, repeat these measurements on the opposite long side. Repeat this for the other five pieces of timber.
  • Step 3. Cut the taper

    Clamp the timber to the workbench and cut the taper with the circular saw. Then cut the taper on the other end. Repeat for the other five pieces of timber. Sand the timber to remove any rough edges.
  • Step 4. Lay out the frame

    Check the width of each bike’s tyre before starting this step. Our framework will feature two 40mm and one 55mm railing widths to accommodate two road bikes and a mountain bike. Lay out your timber to form a framework, placing your 500mm rails at each end and the middle of the framework, making sure they’re flush. Place the 500mm rail of the inside edge of your back and front 1200mm pieces, square it off using a combination square. On the inside line measure 40mm and square that off. This will be the opening for our bike rail to sit in. Repeat this in the centre with another 40mm rail. On the other side of the frame, measure 55mm from the line to allow for a 55mm width. Transfer these markings from the back piece on to the front piece using the square.
  • Step 5. Assemble the bike rack

    Clamp the timber to the workbench. Pre-drill two holes per rail through the back piece into the rail. Countersink slightly deeper than the bugle head for each hole. Then, apply glue on the end of the timber. Screw it off using a 65mm batten screw with a batten screw bit. Repeat to secure all of the rails.
  • Step 6. Job done

    You can paint or stain your bike rack but we’re keeping ours natural. Put the bike rack in its place, store the bikes and enjoy how much better the yard is with your bikes safely off the ground.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Cordless drill
  • 5mm drill bit
  • Batten screw bit
  • Countersink
  • Circular saw
  • Combination square
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block

Materials

  • 90mm x 45mm x 2.4m treated pine x 2
  • 70mm x 35mm x 2.4m treated pine
  • Bugle head batten screws
  • PVA or wood glue
  • 120 grit sandpaper
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