This Instructable will show you how I decided where and how to build my kayak / bike rack.
All wood was scrap wood from work.
- 4x4's, 2x4's, 1x4's
Step 1: Picking the Location
I have a really big yard and I have a lot of plans for the set up and utilization of every spot. I wanted it to be easy to bring my kayak in-and-out of my yard so I put it near the gate on the west side of my yard. I hate my grass in my yard so I plan to cover up the grass and put rocks. I decided to start this process during this project.
Step 2: Stones
Here are the stones I am going to use for the pathway and for the rack to sit on.
I have had these for over 2 years and finally got around to using them.
Step 3: Leveling the Ground
I had to level the ground on the gate side so I could put the stones down without the gate hitting them while opening an closing.
Step 4: Paper
This step I put down black paper to help with killing the grass and to help prevent it from growing again.
These photos show the areas I decided to do at this stage.
Step 5: Arrange the Stones
This step I added all of the stones were I wanted the walkway.
Now onto framing up the rack!
Step 6: Rack Bottom
The first step I did for the rack was the base.
- 4x4x12'11" - rear board
- 4x4x4' - 3 middle base boards
I had to chip out some core in the rear board to nail the middle base board. I used a hammer and wood chisel.
Once I had the board flush, I nailed all 3 boards.
Outside boards were inset 12" and the center board was centered on the rear board.
Step 7: Shelf Boards
Next I added the 2x4 shelf. Since these were scrap pieces from work, I had to finagle how it was done.
Back to front measurements of added board to make the proper length. I used pocket hole screws to attach the pieces.
1 - 37-3/8"
2 - 39-9/16"
3 - 39-7/16"
4 - 38-15/16"
5 - 39-1/16"
6 - 39"
7 - 38-13/16"
I didn't like the way the shelf sagged after all 7 boards were connected so I added a 2x4 under the area of the connections. This strengthened the shelf enough to make me pleased.
Step 8: Uprights for Kayak
This step I added the 4 legs and top rails to hold the kayak.
Legs x 4
Cross supports x 2
Top Rails x 2
Step 9: Bike Rack
This step I added the bike rack.
I spaced the base out by 12 inches.
I used 1 - 2x4 @ 10-1/2" and the other at 2'8-7/8".
I used pocket hole joinery to secure this base to the main base.
I added some drop-off to support the corner of the bike rack base.
Step 10: Bike Rack Continued
This step I built the vertical rack feature.
I wanted it as close to the eaves under the roof as possible so I made them 6'8" in height. The top piece supporting the legs was cut at 2'3-1/2" All was pocket hole assembled.
The rack wasn't standing vertical due to not having enough bracing so I added a brace in between the main rack and the bike rack.
- 6-3/4" Spacer
I used my level before I screwed the spacer in.
Step 11: Hanging the Bike
Next I hung the bike.
I used a spacer to drop the hooked piece allowing enough space between the eave and the hooked end.
- Spacer @ 2x4x10-1/2"
- Hook @ 2x4x15-1/2"
Step 12: Kayak Top Rail Modification
I didn't like how the kayak fit on the top rack so I added 3 support boards.
- 1x4x32" x 3
Outside boards were spaced 22" from the ends.
Center board was centered in between the 2 other boards.
Step 13: Final Step
I put the kayak on top along with the bike on the end. You can see here that it works well and I have plenty of storage underneath the rack. The main photo show all of my fishing gear on the shelf.
I might add rod holders to the rear of the rack and possible enclose the shelf area to prevent rain damaging anything.