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We’ve got four kids, so that means LOTs of bikes, helmets, scooters, tricycles, skateboards, etc. So far, as the collection has grown, they’ve ended up in up in a huge pile (along with my outdoor lumber storage). Finally, I had enough of the disarray and decided to make a giant bike rack to organize, and mostly hide, them.
To cover the front side, I used some slats from a 13′ pallet that a friend had given me. I realize that not everyone is going to have (or want to buy) boards that long. Adding fence boards to it, vertically, would be a great way to cover it with a different look.

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I cut two pieces of 2×4 down to act as the uprights.

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Those two pieces got fitted in between the upper and lower cross pieces.

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I nailed the outer frame together with a framing nailer, but you could use a hammer, or decking screws and a screwdriver.

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I trimmed one long piece down to fit inside the frame.

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The piece was lined up with marks I made on each end.

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This piece got nailed in from the outside.

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On all three cross pieces, I marked in 48″ from each end.

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I cut and fit in two pieces of 2×4, lining them up with the marks I’d made.

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These pieces were nailed from the top and bottom.

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The pieces in the other section were only nailed from the top.

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Once in place, I toenailed those uprights into place.

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I cut two “feet” for the rack from 2×4.

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On each “foot”, I drew a line alone a scrap of 2×4.

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Using that line as reference, I drew a 45˚ angle to the top of the 2×4.

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I cut off the corner, using the speed square as a guide for the saw.

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With both ends of both “feet” angled, I made a mark for aligning them to the frame.

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I lined the “feet” up, and nailed them to the frame.

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The outer end of the “feet” were connected with another full length 2×4.

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I used a scrap to force the 2×4 down, keeping my hand as far away from the nail gun as I could get it.  That thing is kind of scary.

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With a 2×2, I cut opposing 45˚ miters on each end, trimming to fit the piece in place.

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Once I had one that fit, I used it as a template to cut several more just like it.

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These angle brackets were screwed into the frame with decking screws.

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I used a scrap 2×4 as a spacer to add rest of the pieces. This helps avoid having to measure the top and bottom of every one.

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I added brackets to both outside sections.

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I measured out enough (giant) pallet slats to cover the front of the frame.

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Each piece was measured to be the same length, matching the length of the frame.

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I used the speed square again as a guide, to trim them all down.

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I also used the speed square as a space, to slightly light the pallet slat from the ground, before screwing it in place.

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I used it under every piece, to give a consistent gap between all of the slats.

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I marked three places on the back of each section and drilled a small pilot hole.

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Each hole received a coated plant hook, to use used for hanging helmets.

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After it was moved, I loaded it all up with our gear!

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