Things You'll Need
- One 2-by-6, 7 feet 7 1/2 inches long
- Two 2-by-4s, 7 feet 7 1/2 inches long
- 13 2-by-4, 4 feet long
- 12 2-by-4, 6 inches long
- Drill with screwdriver bit
- Wood screws
Besides your automobiles, the largest items you may need to store in your garage are bicycles. If you have children, you know what a hassle storing bikes can be. More often than not, bikes end up thrown on the ground because there is no place else to put them. A bike rack is an easy-to-build solution to your bicycle storage problem. A rack can keep your bikes together and provide a place to secure them.
Lay the 2-by-6 board on a flat surface. Place one of the 7-foot-plus 2-by-4 boards on either side of the 2-by-6 so the 4-inch sides of the 2-by-4s are resting against the 2-inch sides of the 2-by-6.
Attach the 2-by-4s to the 2-by-6 using three 3-inch screws on each side. Once completed, this structure should measure 7 feet 71/2 inches in length, 4 inches in height and 10 inches in width. From the side, it should resemble a U.
At either end of this long piece of wood, screw in one of the 4-foot-long 2-by-4s. This pieces should be centered vertically on the 2-by-6 and form an L with the board. The smaller side of the 2-by-4 will be horizontal, and the longer side will be vertical.
Measure 6 inches from the end of one of the 4-foot 2-by-4s toward the center. This mark will be where the edge of the next 2-by-4 is. Screw another 4-foot long 2-by-4 in this location, making sure there is a 6-inch space between boards.
Continue adding 4-foot-long 2-by-4 boards at 6-inch intervals until you have used all the boards.
Screw the 6-inch pieces of 2-by-4 between the 4-foot 2-by-4 pieces so the top of the 6-inch pieces are even with the top of the 4-foot pieces. This will fill in the gaps between the boards.
This rack will hold 12 bicycles. If you want a rack that will hold less, adjust the length of the base boards and cut down on the number of 4-foot boards.
Board placement is extremely important for this project. Make your measurements exactly, or you won't be able to fit the bikes in properly
R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.