How to Build a Wood Bicycle Rack

By R.L. Cultrona

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.

Tip

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.

Warning

Board placement is extremely important for this project. Make your measurements exactly, or you won't be able to fit the bikes in properly

About the Author

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.