Introduction: How to Make a Shelf/Bike Rack

I recently bought a new bike and with limited floor space in the garage I needed a way to store it off the ground. I considered hanging it upside down from the ceiling but I've heard that's not good for a bike with hydraulic shocks and brakes. So I made this wooden rack that also has room to store a helmet and a few other small biking accessories.

Be sure to check out the embedded video for more detailed instructions.

Step 1: Get Your Measurements

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Your measurements are going to vary depending on the bike you're building for. Measure the distance from the center of the handlebars to the end of one side of the bars. Use this measurement to ensure that the bike sits far enough from the wall so the bars don't touch.

Step 2: Next Cut Your Boards to Length

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Cut your boards to length. I used a miter saw but you could use a table saw or even a hand saw if you don't have power tools. You'll need four boards cut to length to provide room for the bike to fit without touching the wall. In my case I cut the boards to 20 inches.

Step 3: Drill the Hole That the Bike Will Sit In

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I used my drill press with a two inch forstner bit to drill the hole that the bike will sit in.

Step 4: Cut the Slot for the Bike to Slide In

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I used my jigsaw to cut a one inch slot adjacent to the hole so the bike can be slid in from the front.

Step 5: Round Over the Sharp Edges

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Round over the sharp edges of the slot and hole so you don't accidentally scratch your bike when you're sliding it into the rack. I used a round over bit in my trim router but you could use a sander or sand paper if you don't have a router.

Step 6: Glue and Nail the Boards Together

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I applied some wood glue and then lined the boards up with corner clamps. Then used brads to nail the boards together while the glue dried.

Step 7: Measure and Attach the Back

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I used the shape of the box to measure the back piece. Then cut it with my miter saw. I used a clamp to help align the back and then secured it with some brads.

Step 8: Sanding and Finishing

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I used some sandpaper to smooth over the sharp edge between the slot and the hole on both sides. Then I used my orbital sander to sand the rest before spraying it with a few coats of lacquer.

Step 9: Mounting to the Wall

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I drilled pilot holes for mounting and then used a stud finder to locate a stud and line up the rack. I loosely mounted the rack to the wall and used a level to make sure it was lined up properly before driving in the rest of the screws.

Comments

lockhartwp (author)2017-02-23

What about a women's bike that doesn't have the upper frame bar?

It depends on the bike. My wife has the basically the same bike as mine but it's the women's version. Hers has an upper frame bar but it curves downward a bit. I was able to fit her in the rack but it hangs at a different angle. It actually worked really well because I was able to mount hers underneath mine and the offset angle keeps my tires from touching her bars.

If you don't have a top bar at all I'm sure you could adapt it to fit the bottom bar or some other part of the frame.

sharonnah59 (author)lockhartwp2017-02-23

lockhartwp, you can get a frame adaptor for about $30, which is also useful on a bike carrier for a vehicle.

UncleEd (author)2017-02-23

In addition to the craftsmanship and methodology, this one contains one more factor--a core idea that can be adapted and expanded to make it fit a need.

I'm a Trail Watcher. I carry small tools, tire patches, and odd items to help somebody stranded on the trail. I need a bigger box on this rack. No problem at all--make it twice as tall as it is wide and put a shelf/divider in the middle. There is nothing to keep you from making it floor to ceiling--well, except for possibly looking really strange. Maybe only single guys should do that.

I don't have great grandchildren yet, but I can see adapting something like this to park a jogging stroller and "diaper bag." Perhaps a folding umbrella and cover for the baby.

Well done, Steve.

The beauty of being able to make things for yourself is that you can adapt them to fit your own needs. :)

thepantheonzaibatsu (author)2017-02-23

Nicely done!!! Seen these guys selling for hundreds online. Congrats on doing it yourself for a fraction! :)

I'm thinking of redoing it with better joinery and maybe selling them at craft shows. Glad you liked it!

dbeutel42 (author)2017-02-23

This is Brilliant! I think my bike is art too so I'll hang it on the wall and the wife can complain its taking of floor space any more.

Haha! My wife liked the way the bike looked hanging on the wall so much she wanted to hang it in the living room over the sofa.

ArleenD2 (author)2017-02-23

Hi, this is really, really cool! Not only is the bike easily accessible but also a shelf to put all bike accessories (helmet, water bottles, etc.) in one place - GREAT IDEA!

brunoip (author)2017-02-22

Neat

3366carlos (author)2017-02-21

awesome

CrazyClever (author)2017-02-21

What a great idea to plan on having that helmet space. Excellent craftsmanship too!

Thanks!

Swansong (author)2017-02-21

Simple and effective, I love it!

Thanks! Glad you liked it!

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