While most people associate the winter with holiday decorations and indoor festivities, I associate the winter months with bikes… lots and lots of bikes. My other half is an avid cyclist, which means the winter is storage season for his racing bikes. A while back I had made a wall mounted bike rack and shared it on my channel, but the bike rack doesn’t fit our new space (or his new bike). So, I tried my hand at making a new, modern wall mounted bike rack with my amazing friends at DAP Products, and I personally think it turned out pretty cool!
How To Build A Modern Wall Mounted Bike Rack
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Our last apartment was much smaller than the one we are in now, and I had made a different bike rack for my other half’s bicycle when we were in that space. While that one fit our needs, it was a little tall. This time I wanted to make something more modern and compact to fit above the custom book shelf I made for our apartment. I was originally going to buy this one from CB2, but it was slightly too deep for the space and also a little too harsh for his bike frame. So, I decided to use that one as inspiration and custom design it to fit his bike and his accessories.
Also… let’s be real. Doesn’t hurt that it’s made from walnut (yes, please).
Ready to see how I made this project come to life? Let’s get started!
What I Used:
½ x 3 x 4′ Board *
1 x 3 x 4′ Board *
1 x 8 x 4′ Board *
DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue
1 ¼” Wood Screws
1 ¼” Nails
2 ½” Construction Screws (For Hanging)
¾” Wide Foam Stripping
* I used walnut for this build, but any type of lumber works!
1. I started by cutting my ½ x 3 x 4′ walnut board into 10 ½” wide pieces on my miter saw (you can adjust the overall depth of this project to fit your own needs for your bike’s handlebars) and then glued them up together using DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue to create a solid panel.
2. While the panel dried, I cut my 1 x 3 x 4′ board into the following pieces with my miter saw:
(1) Front Panel @ 10 ½”
(2) Side Panels @ 11 ¼” Deep
(as with the bottom panel boards, you can adjust this measurement to fit your bike’s handlebar measurements)
I then cut my 1 x 8 x 4′ board to 10 ½” wide.
3. Next, I drilled “half” holes/openings in the two side pieces to hold the bike when it’s hanging. I ended up making these larger with my jig saw later. So, you can just use a jig saw for this part!
P.S. If you ever get tearout (like I did in the photo below), you can use some wood glue to fill in the tearout with a piece of wood and then tape it to dry. Once you sand it later, you will never be able to tell it even happened! Shoutout to my buddy EN Curtis for that fun tip!
4. Next,I assembled my box by attaching the back panel tot he side pieces with countersunk screws and wood glue.
And, I attached the front panel using wood glue and pin nails.
5. I then removed the bottom panel from the clamps and sanded the whole panel super flat before attaching it to the bottom of the bike rack with wood glue and pin nails.
6. This step is optional, but I used a roundover bit on my router to add a rounded edge to the bottom.
7. After the rack was assembled, I used my countersink bit to drill holes in the back panel for hanging it on the wall.
8. I then sanded the rack to 320 grit before finishing it with a spray polyurethane.
9. Last step was to add foam to the openings for the bike and add some hooks for accessories.
I then hung it on the wall making sure to hit at least one stud… and, after one day of building, we had ourselves a new bike rack!
We are both so happy with the way the new bike rack turned out! The bike fits seamlessly into our space now and even functions as a piece of art! Also, bonus points for not banging into it in the kitchen anymore…
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So excited to keep working on projects for this space! In the meantime, friends… Happy DIY’ing!