Introduction: Wall-mounted Horizontal Wood Rack

This is my first Instructable so bear with me.

I have been searching an easy and cheap way to mount my bike to the wall, and even though I saw some cool ideas here, none of them fit well the area I wanted my bike to be, so as we all do, I made my own.

Tools:
Handsaw, jigsaw or circular saw
Electric drill
Sheet metal shears
Screwdriver
Socket wrench and 1/4 socket
1/2 concrete drill bit
Wood bits and glue
Chisel (optional)

Material:
1 - 2x2x8
6 - 3 in. wood* screws
4 - 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. hex head bolts and washers
4 - 1/4 in. insert nuts*
1 - Perforated steel strip

Step 1: Cut the Material

So here is where you will use any saw you have to make this cuts:

For the vertical part (the one that will be mounted to the wall) I cut it to: 8 in. - 2 pieces
For the horizontal part (the one that will support the bike) I cut them to 12 in.* - 2 pieces
*If you want an exact fit for your bike I recommend to measure the distance between the frame to the end of the handlebar, so it rests near the wall, and just add and additional inch to that measurement.


For the next part I chose to chisel out an area around the vertical pieces to maximize the adhesion area between the vertical and horizontal pieces. You can do the same with your handsaw or don't do it at all, but I would recommend you use some kind of 90 degree angle metal bracket to secure both pieces.


After that, I sanded them down to remove any harsh edges.

Step 2: Make the Cradle

For the cradle, just take any bottle that you have laying around and use it to draw half a circle around the board and then proceed to cut it. I did mine without it and it turn out somewhat irregular. On this step I did use a jigsaw to make this cut.

Remember to leave at least an inch from the end of the board.

Sand the edges, and if you want, glue a piece of fabric to the cradle to avoid any kind of scratch on your bike frame.

Step 3: Glue and Screw

Now, lets put together the sets.

1) Make 2 pilot horizontal holes, starting from the piece that had the wood carved out.

2) Prepare the 2 screws, as seen on the second picture.

3) Glue both ends.

4) Screw together both pieces (vertical and horizontal).

5) Make another pilot hole, but now starting on the opposite piece - third picture. Also be sure to make it exactly in-between the other two screws, so you don't go over them.

6) Put in the third screw.

7) Repeat on the other set.

Step 4: Prepare the Wall Mount

At this step I used the electric drill to make the 1/2 holes on the wall and install the insert nuts.

After that, make 2 1/4 holes on the vertical pieces, this is where the bolts will be used later on.

Step 5: The Strip

I install this strip so the -screw/glue joint- doesn't carries all the weight, so with this in place, some of the bike's weight could be transferred to the vertical mounted piece.

Use the metal sheet shears to cut the strip, I cut 2 x 9 in strips. I sanded the edges because they were a little rough.

Next, make 1 pilot hole on one of the boards and screw the trip firmly. Now move it to where the strip is at the center of the other board, mark the spot, make the pilot hole and screw the other end of the strip.

Again, repeat for the other set.

Step 6: And It's Done!

Just mount the 2 sets to the wall using the 4 hex head bolts and your horizontal bike rack is ready.

You could finish the wood with some stain or just paint it to match the area you will be installing it.

OPTIONAL: I installed another strip on one of the sets just to secure the bike, in case someone or something bumps it out of place, this could prevent it from falling.

And that's it, I hope someone finds this idea helpful.

Thanks!

Comments

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3366carlos made it! (author)2013-04-28

nice

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Wilmette made it! (author)2012-12-15

Good job.It is important to make cycling more convenient and to make better use of spaces, especially smaller spaces and to show just how productive one can be with few tools and materials. Your inlet does all that. Some folks may want to consider some protection for the wall behind the bike. Many options for those who want that. Good job.

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APblackcat made it! (author)APblackcat2012-12-17

Hi Wilmette, thanks a lot for your comments! I'm glad you liked it and stopped by to comment on it. Yeah definitively, now more than ever, the spaces need to be well planned and used, specially in urban areas where it is limited. That's a good observation, maybe a couple of wood or plastic strips on the wall, along the length of the bike, so the wall behind it doesn't gets dirty with the tires, that would complement the project. Thanks again.

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