Friday, May 30, 2014

Bike Rack Idea 2

Electric Bugaloo

After doing some more impaired thinking on the bike rack subject I realized that the
initial design had some serious drawbacks.
Then, it occurred to me, what if I thought more like 'giant pantry pull-out' where the
super beefy full extension drawer slides are mounted to the top and bottom of the
pull-out, not the sides?

Pantry Pull-Out Bike Rack Idea
 In this version the rack is made out of Ipe, metal, and wheels.
I would build a lockable weather tight 'cabinet' to go with this crazy
pantry pull-out.
Now all I need is 12' full extension drawer slides....

Ipe Drawer Slides
 Here's my initial idea for the top drawer slide or track. Ipe is crazy dense, slick
wood that slides against itself very easily. I wonder if I could get the tolerances
above correct for smooth movement year round as the wood slightly changes
size with the relative humidity.

Bottom Track
Here is my idea for the bottom track. With the wheels mounted to the rack they
bear the weight of the rack/bikes. This way the tracks don't need to be built strong
enough to handle the full weight.

Ipe Construction
Left over from a zillion year ago deck project I happen to have several Ipe deck boards.
I have some 5/4 by 6 by 20' pieces and some 1by4 by 20' pieces.
Working with Ipe is not very different than working with metal. I'm thinking to
through-bolt the 4 track pieces together with counter-sunk bolt heads.

I've also got a crate of these little wheels.

and a bunch of steel.....
Wouldn't have to buy much to do it....

In Other News
Got an almost free table saw the other day!
Its a bit of a project....I need to do some rust prep and to assemble it but its
a beast, all cast iron with a real 3hp 220V motor. Baby madmadscientist is already
excited about the secret bookcase door I'm going to build her with it.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Under Deck Bike Storage Part 2

Hello Everybody!
All three of you, sorry for the 'long time no post'. I really jacked my back
up and haven't been able to do anything much....

Now that the drug haze has cleared a bit I'm in too much pain to do physical
work but I can design!

Yay!!!, designing on opiates!

Bike Storage Idea
Giant sliding rack
Want to have safe, weather protected storage for all of ours and our tenants bicycles.

Here's my idea for the 'big bicycle pantry' pull out rack idea.
It will take a space slightly larger than 12' by 6' but it will store 12 bikes, I think.
The idea is, unlock and open the barn doors, grab the rack and pull it out to the
left to access the bikes.

Bike Post Idea
This is basically a 4by post with four adjustable hooks to catch the top
tubes of the bikes. Two bikes per post.

Make structure out of wood, metal or both?
How strong is strong enough?
Will the tabs and guide wheels be enough to keep the rolling rack aligned?
Can this be done so that it is reasonably rugged and idiot proof?

Monday, May 19, 2014

We Won An Award!!


The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society gave us an 'award' last night.
Well....not really an award as much as an honorable mention.....guess they couldn't spare the $3 for
the laser printed award certificate......

One of the other honorees spent several hundred thousand dollars on redoing their glorious
Queen Anne...and they got the certificate....guess I didn't want it that bad.

Here's the cover of the award ceremony program.

The inside of the program.

Here is a short video of the presentation of our honorable mention.

Overall it was a fun 'only in Alameda' experience with the MC singing songs
in-between each award.
Unfortunately we couldn't stay for the entire program as baby madscientist was
falling asleep in her chair.

We don't do anything just to get an award but its nice for our hard work to be noticed
every once in a while.