I had had the idea to build a bike rack out of spare 2x4s for the kids' bikes for a while, but this incident cemented my resolve to finish it quickly.
- 2 2x4x8
- 1 2x6x6
- Wood Glue
- 2" - 2 1/2" wood screws
- 7 2x4 cut to 21" (I figured this would allow some room for larger kid bikes)
- 2 2x6 cut to 29.5", assuming your 2x4's are 3.5" wide and you wheel wells need to be 3" wide AND you want 4 bikes to fit.
Firstly, I did some light sanding to all the pieces to prevent splinters.
Then, I started by adding 2 of my cut 2x4s to each end of my 2x6's to raise the bottom a bit, in order to suspend the bikes front tire so the sides where the tire attaches to the frame will rest on the 2x4's and be stable and upright. I secured each with wood glue and 2 2" screws at each end of the 2x4. I recommend the drilling of pilot holes as I found that drilling pilot holes for the screws prevented the wood from splitting.
Next, I turned it over and started by adding one 2x4 to one end. Like the 2 bottom 2x4s, I used wood glue and 2 2" screws to secure each end. The following 2x4 was placed exactly 3 inches away from the first.
I continued in this manner until I got to the end of my piece and figured out that I had measured my 2x4s incorrectly and cut my 2x6s too short. Boo.
What to do?
Well, I decided that I would just add my last 2x4 and let it hang over a little. While it isn't perfect (sigh), it is still very functional.
And it works perfectly!
I applied no stain or clear coat, since it will be out of the weather in our tool shed, and it seems rather pointless to make it too pretty when I know my boys will do their best to make it dirty. :)
No more bikes lying around! A mama can hope can't she?
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