Please tell me I’m not the only one that has seriously almost rolled an ankle trying to get out of their van in the garage due to a giant pile of bikes, scooters and skateboards? A few weeks ago I literally fell to the ground one night trying to make it out of my van and into my house. I love that my boys LOVE being outside! But, my love towards their scooters, wiggle cars, bikes and their E-Z Roller was sadly turning into a love-hate relationship.
The morning after my fall, in a very excited voice I announced to my husband (right in front of the kids) that on Saturday we were going to build a new Bike and Scooter stand! Oh how the boys lit up with excitement and joy! My husband on the other hand, responded with a puzzled “oh, are we?!?”
Yep hun – we are!
He did quickly get on board with the idea and even took over figuring out the design he wanted! He was even nice enough to jot down instructions and then we took pictures along the way! Can I just tell you how much I love having a handy man in cowboy boots build me stuff?!? Plus, he is always so awesome to let the boys help him and practice their little hammering skills!
I hope this tutorial helps save some other poor, defenseless moms ankles, like it has mine!
- 8-10 2×2’s which come in 8ft lengths. I needed 10 because I was winging it and ended up mis-cutting a few pieces.
- A saw of some sort, preferably a miter saw (a.k.a. chop saw).
- A drill with a small drill bit and phillips head attachment, or if you are really ambitious you can use a screw driver.
- Wood screws 2.5″ or 3″
- Pencil or pen to mark with.
- Tape measure.
- Some cowboy boots so you can feel like a man (or woman) while using power tools. (My hubbies suggestion!)
Step 1 – Cutting The Wood
If you make all of these cuts first and have the wood ready, the project will go a lot faster.
- 14 boards at 24 inches long each.
- 1 board at 47 inches long.
- 2 boards at 66 inches long each.
- 9 boards at 8 inches long each.
- 2 boards at 13.5 inches long with 45 degree inward cut. See image:
Step 2 – Marking
- Grab the one 47 inch (Top) board and mark every 1.5″ and every 3.5″. That will give us 14 boards and 13 tire slots. The boards being 1.5″ wide and the tire slots being 2″ wide. See Image:
- Now grab one of the 66 inch long boards and do the same thing up to the 47 inch mark from left to right.
- Now on the right side of that same 66 inch long board, you are going to mark every 1.5″ and 2.5″ from right to left 8 times. This will be 8 boards and 7 1″ wheel slots for scooters. Repeat these measurements for the scooter wheel slots on the other 66 inch long board. See image:
Step 3 – Pre-Drilling
If you don’t pre-drill there is a good chance that you will split the wood. When selecting a drill bit to pre-drill, it needs to be smaller in diameter than the screw itself or else the screw will not be able to grab any wood and it will not have a tight fit.
- When pre-drilling, it is easiest to layout the wood where it is going to go, then start drilling.
Step 4 – Screwing
After you are done pre-drilling you should have holes everywhere you will need to put a screw. The order of how you do it doesn’t really matter. I did the bottom rectangle first, then the top bike tire slots, then I did the scooter slots.
Step 5 – Support Boards
Step 6 – Sand and Paint (Optional)
I didn’t stress too much about how perfect the sanding and painting was, since it is after all going in the garage. But, I did bust out the electric sander and spent about 10 mins getting all the wood smooth, so no little fingers would get slivers. Then I used spray paint and a clear sealant to finish it off! Like I said, I didn’t stress for perfection – little boys are going to be banging bikes and scooters into it on a daily basis. But, a quick sand and can of spray paint did give it a nice finished look!
No more tripping on bikes and scooters that are in a giant pile next to your van! A big shout again to my hubby for coming up with this idea in his head and executing it so amazing!
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