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The purpose of this instructable is to convert my beloved 8$ LACK (from ikea) into a bike rack.

Since I moved to Netherlands, I felt the need to protect my beloved italian race bike but since my apartment is only 20 square meters, I struggled to find a cheap solution.

The great thing of this project is that I can still use the table to put my phone while charging and the Tv remote.

I think that the lack is one of the best products of ikea: it's cheap, lite, can be transformed in anything (you you need some inspiration you can take a look at my instructable's guide "hack the lack") and its design is timeless.
 
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Step 1: Tools

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For building the rack you need the following tools and materials:
  • Drill (an electric screwdriver is enough)
  • Jigsaw 
  • Ruler
  • LACk table from Ikea
  • Vinavil glue
  • White spray can

Step 2: Cut out the space for the bike wheel

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  • Before starting to cut, measure the wheel of your bike
  • Draw some guidelines with a pen directly on the lack
I choose to draw a rectangular large the same as the thickness of the table (later, I will explain why)
  • Start cutting using the Jigsaw following the lines. Drill some holes in the corners to avoid breaking the saw.

Step 3: Cover the cut in the table (optional)

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If you choose to cut a rectangular large as the thickness of the table, you can reuse the piece that was cut to improve the look of your modified lack.
  • First, remove the paper between the 2 layer of birch ( this tiny layer of paper is the one that give structure to your lack 0_0 )
  • Rotate the cut-out piece and reposition it into the cut in the lack you just made with the jigsaw (see third photo)
  • Add some vinavil glue and wait it to dry for 24 hours (yes, I know, it's a lot of time!)
  • You can also colour the brown parts with a spray can

Step 4: Enjoy your new bike rack!

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Advar2 years ago
One of those retro-obvious, why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas. Fan - frelling - tastic! :)
l8nite2 years ago
That's a GREAT idea !
derte84 (author)  l8nite2 years ago
Thanks :)