Bike Racks for Akshay & Linda!

Posted on January 18, 2016

I will first say, I shamelessly stole this from someone else, I thought I could build it myself and it would be more meaningful.

I will also definitely say now that I would 100% buy it if I were to do it again, the cost is very reasonable considering how much work it actually required to get it to this level of finish.

Here’s the render of what I want to make:

I blew up the template, cut it up into 8.5×11 sheets, printed out the template on my regular printer, taped it all together, cut it out, stuck it to the wood and used a jig saw to cut it out, with a bit of a buffer for fine tuning later:

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Refining the shape:
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“Final” shape:
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I didn’t take many pictures, but basically I found where the dowels will be for the attachment, and used that spot to screw the final shape to another sheet of plywood, and used a flush trim bit to trim out in two passes each additional side (3 more, for 4 sides in total)

I screwed the four together and then used the backside of all four screwed together as a curve guide to glue two pieces of luan together to make the “racetrack” in the middle and get most of the curve pre-made before assembling it.

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They kept most of the curve:
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So many half circles:
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Double checking the final assembly layout where the feet will be:
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Definitely safe drilling with a big forstner bit for the dowels:
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Dry test fit:
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Dry fit looks good:
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Cut out the rabbets for the “racetrack”
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Used a 4×8 sheet of 1/2″ ply I had for something else and drilled holes for the dowels, that helped to get the placement exactly right while sideways, put on a half circle, glued, put on the next, so on until it was fully assembled:
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Spent a lot of time fine shaping and sanding everything flat and smooth, stained the racetrack and used glue + pneumatic nail gun to install the racetracks:
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Used a sanding pad and cut out the pieces for the feet, the grip it provides is EXCELLENT, on carpet, floor, anything, and it’s non-marking, which is awesome.
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Used masking tape and super 77 spray adhesive to stick it on.
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And the glamour shots:


Cover Photo

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 14 January, 2016
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

  • Anil

    Nicely done!