|Project by KnotCurser||posted 05-26-2011 02:22 AM||1450 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
A friend of mine and his wife recently acquired some very nice racing bikes and wanted something worthy to park them in – I guess a kickstand is WAY too heavy to be lugging around when biking. ;-)
He found a picture he liked on the web of a similar design to this one as asked if I could make a pair of these. The wood and materials used were basically up to me. How could I say “no” to this?
Wood used, as the title states, is redwood. I had a few planks on hand that were the proper thickness for this project so I didn’t have to do any glue-ups.
I used a double dado to join the two pieces together as it presents a huge glue surface, but that led me to a problem when I went to glue the two halves together. I had to press two half-circles together at the same time while keeping a precise 90 degree angle. Picture 6 is what I came up with – very crude but it worked!
To keep the tires from sitting on rough threads of the carriage bolts I polished some copper tubing and ran the bolts through it. Looks nice all shined up!
Picture 5 shows my beat-up mountain bike standing in currently for the racing bikes so you can see how these work. Hopefully, I will get a picture of the real bikes later and replace this one.
UPDATE on 27MAY2011: I have replaced my bike with the actual bike that will be stored in it – a HUGE improvement! :-)
Overall measurements are around 20 inches long and about 6 inches high. The two pieces have different widths because the two bikes have different tires.
Finish is three coats of tung oil.
This was a very cool project to build as it was very different.
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