After having build my own skateboard, I needed a rack to store them: my wife wasn't that happy to see all the boards around...
I designed this one after a little surf on the net.
I build it using MDF 18mm thick. I have used two 66 x 24 cm sheets for the sides, one 42 x 35 cm for the back and one 30 x 5 cm as reinforcement.
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Step 1: Drawing Is Better Than Explaining
Here is the drawing of the rack with all dimensions.
I kept it as simple as possible in order to avoid complex cuttings and machining.
This is a simple 6 slots rack. Jump to the latest steps as I suggest you how to hang your helmets by adjusting a little bit the design. That's lessons learned ;-)
Step 2: TRacing the Lines on the Boards
I reported the design on the MDF boards in order to cut them.
It is a really important step to insure a good fit of the mounting.
I completely draw the rack to be sure that I will be able to build it.
I used dotted line as guide for the later routing. I have also defined the reinforcement plate using construction line to be directly fitting the sides and the back with little adjustments.
Step 3: Cutting
I used a little tip to cut the sides all in once. I screwed the 2 boards together. Thus I managed to have exactly similar sides. However if you make a cutting error, then everything is lost... That's a choice ;-)
I started with the rounded end of the slots using a bell saw and then the useful and tradition jigsaw.
I did all of this in our workshop in the mountain. Aside building it it was quite an experience to make it in the cold and almost stucked by snow.
I actually did not used the router apart from rounding the edges as I had not the right diameter. And with all the snow outside I couldn't go to buy one.
Step 4: The Router and More
So I used the router to round all corners and have a nice finish.
Then it was necessary to carrefully sand all parts to obtain a good finish once painted or varnished.
I did paint the parts at that stage. The snow is gone and I am back to my flat in the city of Lyon, FR.
Step 5: Mounting the Rack
We are almost done, let's mount it.
Position the sides and the reinforcement. Oh noooo. Since I did not used the router, my reinforcement is too small... Let's forget about it ;-)
I did a first attempt without screwing the parts just to see if everthing was OK. It was except the reinforcement but well....
I used 3 screws for each side. Done.
Step 6: Done!! (mounting It on the Wall)
One fixed and screwed, I just mounted it on the wall.
As I have weak walls I used dedicated screws. I took 6 of them to be really sure that the rack will stay in its position. The whole thing is given to support more than 100kg. I guess that the wall will fall much before this limit.
At the time I have 4 boards (1 I bought - the Brown longboard-, and 3 I built). The rack can up to 6 boards. I used the lowest slot for the helmets. Another solution would be to drill very big holes in the lowest part of the rack to hang them.
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