Build a handy Bicycle Work Table from an old Pallet
An easy to build work bench for your bicycle!
Its dimensions are approx 1060mm long, 410mm wide and 400mm high.
You can just nail this together but using a drill to drive screws in is easier and makes a more stable job.
- An old pallet
- Screws or nails
- Optional- sander, deck stain and brush
- Measuring tape, square and pencil
- Drill driver
- Hammer or jimmy bar
It took me about 2 hours
This work table is made from an old timber pallet that was laying round the back of the shed, it was quite old and had some rot here and there, but you can work around that, one good quality it had was that it was light weight, if you keep your eyes open you should be able to find an unwanted pallet somewhere, try and pick a light one. The bearers on my pallet were 45x90mm and the boards were 100x16mm, the pallet was about 1160 square.
When washing my bikes I like to have them in the traditional work stand, but for most servicing or cleaning the chain I find having the bike upside down and elevated to a comfortable working height is preferable, the table also acts as bench space giving an area to lay the tools, rags and so forth within easy reach.
The first task is to dismantle the pallet, you can try to lever the boards off the bearers, I found this a bit hard so instead used the saw to cut the boards right close to the outside bearers and then levered them off the centre bearer and de-nailed all the timber.
Next, out of the three bearers (95x45) cut two lengths at 900mm and three lengths at 255mm, then ideally on a flat surface, place the two 900’s parallel to each other and fit the three 255’s inside to make a rectangle, like the base in the photo above. Then screw or nail the rectangle frame together, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
The next step is to choose 4 or 5 of the better boards (100x16mm) and cut them to about 1060mm before placing them evenly on top of the rectangle you have just made, once happy screw or nail them into place.
Legs are next, out of the left over boards cut 4 pieces approximately 380mm long, turn the table over and attach the legs into the corners.
The last thing to construct is the support where the handlebar rests, this particular one is set up for use with a normal hybrid or mountain bike, the bikes balance quite well. (so long as your not working outside in a gale or in an area where the bike could receive a heavy knock from drunken associates or marauding children etc, in which case use straps or clamps to secure the handlebars to the timber handlebar support) for a road bike you would need to have the support blocks closer together and ideally use straps to secure the handle bars in place.
For the base of the handlebar support cut a length of board to about 585mm. Out of off cuts make four pieces about 160mm long and screw them to the ends of the 585mm piece, like in the above picture, then fasten the whole thing to one end of the table, just back a bit from the edge.
And that’s it, you can use it like it is, or if you’d like to turn your creation into something more beautiful, use some sandpaper or ideally a sander to round off all the sharp edges before coating it with stain, varnish, oil or paint, I used some decking stain that was left over from redoing the front deck last year, if you don’t have anything laying around then you may be able to pick some up from your local re-use or tip shop.