In this instructable, I will show you how to build an awesome portable bike repair station. Imagine having an entire bike shop on the rear rack of your bicycle! You can take this portable repair station to festivals, on bike paths or wherever your bike will go, using it for business or hobby purposes. I got this idea from a mechanic who lugs around a trailer full of bike tools. I think this design is an easier and more functional alternative to bringing tools in a toolbox and then having to find a work surface. This is my first wood working project so please give me feedback :)

I would like to thank the membership of The Recyclery (http://wptest.therecyclery.org/) and Pumping Station One (http://pumpingstationone.org/). The Recyclery is my favorite not-for-profit in Chicago because it does bicycle education and community outreach through the power of bicycles. Thanks Jesse for your input on tools and Tomaz for loaning me tools. Pumping Station One is an amazing resource for makers and hackers who want to build anything. I had to learn many new skills to build this project. I want to thank JP for his design consultation, Greg for his help with drafting, Josh for his help with parts, Jason for his help with the second iteration of the tool wall and everyone else who contributed. Building stuff is always a learning experience and these amazing people helped me understand and realize my vision for this project.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials


*Important* Use safety goggles, noise dampeners and other proper safety equipment; some of these tools can be very dangerous.

  • A planer and jointer - used on all the wood.
  • A table top drill press - used for small wood work holes.
  • Larger freestanding drill press - used for countersinking and metal holes.
  • Multiple bit sizes - for holes, bit size based on the size of my bolts (see below).
  • Spade bit - countersinks, size based on my washer size.
  • Safety stop table saw - to cut down the wood to size, also use a chop saw. All wood pieces were checked for metal with a metal detector to avoid damage the tools or myself.
  • An angle grinder - for quick small cuts.
  • Metal chop saw- was used to resize aluminum extrusion channel stock.
  • A belt sander and grinder wheel - were used to get rid of sharp edges and to create grooves in some pieces (for hinges).
  • Various small hand tools- like flat and screw drivers.
  • A square and pencil- used quite a bit.

The most important tool is your mind. Use it when design decisions need to be made. If you are in doubt, think it out.


I mostly used scavenged materials (approximately 70% of project. Available materials determined a lot of design choices.

  • 15/16ths bolts throughout - since I had an abundance of them. I used two sizes of washers and the corresponding nuts for these.
  • Single size U clamp- used throughout (pictured).
  • All wood was found wood - these look nice because of planing and jointing.
  • Hinges and L brackets - were bought at Ace and a small local hardware store (pictured).
  • Peg board - was found.
  • Aluminum channel stock - was found (80/20 is supposedly a popular brand though).
  • Small metric bolts and nuts - were gifted (see pictured).

*Important* I used a heavy duty weight rated old man of the mountain rear bicycle rack. I don't think my project is that heavy but do consider if your rack can handle this sort of project. Most racks have a weight rating. Check yours before proceeding.

<p>Thanks for sharing your methods. It's so important to know how to do good layout before you get into woodworking....nice 'ible!!!</p>

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