Introduction: Bike Cabinet
So here is the story, my wife and I moved into a small basement apartment where the is one main room and a bedroom. The result of this small place is that leaving anything out ends up making everything look like a mess. When we left our bikes out this didn't help anything so we decided to make a cabinet to store them in. We ran into a few trouble spots along the way and hope to share our advice. So if anyone feels inspired and upgrades on our design I'd love to see your improvements. This is my first instructable so any positive feedback or constructive criticism would be appreciated.
Step 1: Step One.
Sorry there are not more pictures of this first couple steps but there are more as it goes along.
Now, of course you will have to adjust for the size of your bikes but for ours our height was 33" for the smaller side and 42.5" for the taller side.
It is important to remember that the inside of the box needs to be big enough to hold your bike and the final structure is going to be a little bit bigger.
1 full sheet of 1/2" plywood (4x8' any grade really, depends on how you want to finish it)
2 full sheet of 1/4" plywood (ditto)
3 2"x4" (8' long)
3 1"x4" (8' long)
We ended up having quite a bit extra scrap wood from this, enough 1/4" plywood to turn an old coffee table into a box, but because of the length you need a full sheet.
Step 2: Cut the Planks
The 1x4's get cut into the following
A. 31.5, 31.5 and 28
B. 65.5 and 28
C. 39 3/4, 28 and 28
The 2x4 get cut into the following
A. 42.5 and 42.5
B. 42.5 and 33
C. 42.5 and 33
This will end up with:
2 33" planks
4 42.5" planks
3 28" planks
2 31.5" planks
1 65.5" planks
1 39 3/4" planks
and then various scrap, *out of board b&c; you will end up with 2 pieces roughly 20.5", save at least one of these as we will use it later.
Step 3: Cut the Plywood
Check out the pictures, should be pretty instructive.
Step 4: Assemble
Here is where things get a little trickier. If you are going to have a front loading rack you need a fake leg. I think it works fine but my wife is nervous taking it in and out since our tv is really heavy. If you have the room to make it so that the bike goes in from the side I think that would work better, but the entire thing will have to be a little wider (in which case you would adjust the 28" boards accordingly. We used simple wood screws to hold everything together.
Step 5: Keep Assembling
Screw on the top plywood pieces and then the back and the sides. Its going to start feeling claustrophobic but keep in mind the prize.
Step 6: Make It Pretty
So my wife is amazing, b/c she thought that it would be fun if we painted trees on the doors as negative. It looks really good in real life with the wood grain behind it. We are eventually going to add colorful leaves as well, but that'll come later.
Step 7: Done!
So our landlady wanted us to put it on casters so she could move it and get to the water shut off behind it, so that was a later project. We also put the false leg on a hinge to make it hook into the roof, but the 1x4 28" piece it was attached to weakened, hence my suggestion to add the 2x4 28" piece. Additionally, the doors are held on by simple magnetic latches.