This two-hour project for a wall-mounted bike rack is a simple yet inventive way to get your bike off of the floor, out of the way of everyday life, and safely out of the reach of bike thieves.
- 3/4” x 4’ x 4’ Plywood
- 2 x 6 Board
- 2” Trim Head Screws
- Wood Glue
What It Takes
- Time: 2 Hours
- Cost: $25
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Tools: Table Saw, Drill, Clamps, Miter Saw, and Jigsaw
Measure the Hole Location
With all of your boards cut out via the Cutting List, mark 3 in. from the top and edge of the side pieces (Part B). Center a soda can or caulk tube on the cross hairs and draw a circle. Draw a line from the top of the circle to a mark 2 in. from the top of the board, draw a parallel line from the bottom of the circle.
Cut the Top Tube Slots
Follow the lines you made in the previous step with the jigsaw to create the tube slot.
Cut the Drawer Front
Cut one of the sides (Part B) on the miter saw to form the drawer front along and side pieces. Make sure to cut on the outside of the drawer front in order to make sure that the front matches with the rest of the drawer’s dimensions.
Glue and Screw the Sides in Place
Glue, clamp and screw the non-drawer side (Side 2) onto the bottom of the rack. Then glue and screw the Side 1 top tube slot piece and small back piece to the base.
Glue and Screw the Divider into the Assembly
Use a square to set the Divider (Part C) flush with the side pieces. Clamp the assembly and glue and screw the drawer guide into the box
Attach the Top (Part A) to the Box
Flip the assembly over so you can make sure it is flush and screw on the top of the box.
Assemble the Drawer
Assemble the drawer box by clamping, gluing, and screwing. Rest the box onto a scrap piece of 3/4 in. plywood to use as a spacer and attach the drawer front (Part B).
Screw the 2×6 Cleat to the Wall
A beautiful part of this project is that it only needs one stud so if you are in an apartment, you can keep that security deposit safe. Mark the stud with masking tape. Screw the top screw into the cleat (Part G) with a 3 in. construction screw. Fine tune the board to make sure it is level before adding the second screw.
Attach the Rack to the Cleat
Hold the rack tight against the wall and screw four 2-in. screws (two on the top, two on the bottom) to attach the rack to the 2×6 cleat.