Monday, May 18, 2015

Bike Rack

It's been warm and nice around here lately and the kids have been riding their bikes and scooters as much as possible! They tend to pull something out, ride it down the driveway and around the cul-de-sac, and then right back up to switch toys and head back down... super fun, but the resulting pile of wheels, pedals, and handlebars gets cluttery and frustrating!

We spent a lot of time Saturday cleaning out the garage and I decided a bike rack would be a great help with the bike and scooter situation! Building is way more fun than cleaning, of course, so I decided to start right away! ;)

I collected some 2x4s and 3" screws and got to work. I cut 3 30" pieces for the long sides of the base and the connecting piece on top. Next I cut two 17" pieces for the rest of the base. I wanted to use my Kreg jig so that I could lay all of the base pieces flat, but I didn't have long enough pocket hole screws, so I improvised and pre-drilled and screwed right through the outside of the base frame. 

Next I cut 2 18" pieces for the vertical supports, connected them to the base, then connected the cross piece. 

Next for the fun part! I used my miter saw to cut 1x2s at 45 degrees on each end (22" on the long side) and my super fun Ryobi Airstrike nail gun and Gorilla Wood Glue to attach the 1x2s to the frame! 

 (don't be confused - I did start with a 2x2, but realized I wouldn't have enough!)

I only went part of the way across the rack with the 1x2s because I realized that the scooters would sit in it better without the supports. Time to test it out!

Paint makes everything better!

Here it is in place! I hung an old coat rack on the wall above it for the helmets to help avoid the constant, "Mom, where's my helmet?" question!

One more step toward a more organized garage!! 

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