How To Build A DIY Bike Wash Station | Blake Builds

How To Build A DIY Bike Wash Station | Blake Builds


(bouncy music) (thump and crackling) – Welcome back, you beautiful people! Today, it’s gonna be your lucky day. I’m gonna show you how
to make one of these, a DIY wash station, with
brushes and shelf to go with. (laughs) Let’s get started! Okay, before we get
started, you’re gonna need a few essential materials and tools to get this whole thing
started, so here we go! Let’s kick it off with this! Oh, yes, you’re gonna need a few of these. I’ve got four of these,
38 by 140 mil timbers. This is gonna be the side of
your structure, this is where all those decking planks
are gonna get screwed to. Next up, yes, decking
planks, I bought 13 of these, these are pretty much how
I bought them, I haven’t cut these down, these are
one meter eight in length, perfect length, and the
perfect length for a bike. Next, (groans) next
you’re gonna need this. This is where the whole thing will start. This is a fence post, this
is 90 by 90 millimeters in width, and it’s about seven foot high, but that doesn’t matter,
because you can cut that down. Next up (loud rattling) yes, screws. You’re gonna need screws to
screw this whole thing together to make it structurally sound. (loud rattling) I went
for some decking screws, and I’ve gone for the 75
mil, and they’re about five mil thick, so these are
gonna be good and strong enough and long enough to hold the
whole structure together. Next (loud rattling,
groaning) fence post mix. This is ready mix, this
is what I’m gonna put the fence post in the
ground so it does not move, and it’s gonna be super strong and sturdy. I bought two of these bags. That’s a seven foot fence
post (exhales loudly). Now on to the tools (groans loudly). Tools, yes, you wanna get
yourself a nice good tape measure, to measure all those correct
measurements to make the structure, and one of these
right angles, so you can get a nice, straight line, so you
can get a nice straight cut. Next (circular saw buzzing),
next up, a cutting tool. I’m going for the circular
saw, because I’m at the age where I can use one of these
without parental guidance, but if you need parental
guidance, and you’re at a young age, you’ll need one of these. (laughs) You can use one
of these, and, yes, I’ve been told in the comments,
yes you can use the, there’s a right angle there you can use to get a nice straight edge as well. So, if you have the young
age, use one of these. Next up (drill whirs), you’re gonna need one of these to screw in those screws that you need to make this
thing one solid piece. You can use a hand one, but (drill whirs), this can be way better. (exhales loudly) You need
one of these, as well. This is what you’re gonna use
to make the whole structure level and straight so it doesn’t
bow over and look horrible. So, you’re gonna need a level
to make everything level. That’s all you need to
make this whole thing, let’s get started with the first step. Okay, the first step is where am I gonna put this wash station? I don’t have my bike free
standing, so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna get my fence post, I’m gonna situate it right about there, I’m gonna start digging a hole
so I can place my post in. Let’s go. Got myself a spade, so let’s dig in. Now I need to find out where
I wanna put my fence post, because as soon as I start
digging a hole and concreting that fence post in the
ground, I can’t move it. I’m gonna concrete this
beast into the ground. It’s a seven foot post,
so I’m gonna go down about a foot and a half in the ground. Post mix is gonna be
super strong and stable. So, I’m gonna start digging this hole. (cheerful music) All right, (claps)
let’s measure that hole. Perfect, 17 inches in the ground, nice. All right, next step is
to get that post mix, get some water, and put it in there, mix it up, give it a little stab. Make sure that post is level, because you don’t want to have a Leaning
Tower of Pisa wash station, because, yeah, I bought two of these bags, depending on how deep I
wanted to make the hole. I think one post mix will do the job. Fill the hole with water, and then pour the post-crete into the hole. So I fill that hole with water, make sure you’ve got this to hand. So you’re gonna make sure,
just spend a little bit of time making sure this whole
thing is level, checking every side of that fence
post to make sure it’s level. Add a little bit more
fence post mix if you need to make it a little bit more stronger, or just to jab in on the sides, just to move the fence post
over a bit, just to manipulate it over to one side to make
it that much more level. The great thing about
this fence post mix is it doesn’t take that
long for it to get dry. It takes quick, it’s super quick drying, but I’m gonna leave it for a bit, grab myself a cup of tea, come back, and that thing should be solid. That’s still level,
it’s good, it’s drying. I’m gonna cover up with dirt and then move on to the next step. I’ve tidied it up, it looks all good, my fence post is sturdy, it’s strong, it is not going anywhere. Now the next step is to
make that draining board, and what I mean by that draining board is I’m gonna build a little decking platform, so the water can just fall through it, and then when I take my bike off, it’s not gonna go back into
the mud and I get muddy tires. Next step is to now get
your 38 by 140 mil timber. This is what your base is gonna be. This is the drain board base. Now the next thing is to measure out how wide you want your drain board. Well, the great thing about
these decking planks is, this is how you buy them,
this is one meter eight, and that’s gonna be the
width of my draining board. That means I’m gonna cut
that to one meter eight. (saw buzzes) Okay, so I’ve cut this,
you wanna cut two of these, because you’re making a triangle, one meter eight, so 1.8 meters. This is gonna be the
width of the whole thing, and that is gonna go down there like that. I’m gonna screw that into there, make sure it’s in the middle, then I’m gonna start building the other bits. You’ve cut two of those, because that one’s gonna be round about here, and then you’re gonna make sure you know the width that you wanna make it, so how many decking planks
you wanna put into it. (saw buzzes) Okay, so you’ve cut your two timbers, so I’ve worked out I’m gonna use 10 decking planks for my draining board, so with 10 planks, that’s nine gaps, and each gap at eight mil, that roughly gives me one
meter 27 for the side. So, I’m gonna cut two of hose out of this kind of timber at 1 meter 27, (saw whirring) and I’m
gonna screw it all together just like that, but what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna find the middle
of this, mark it up, find the middle of that, mark that up, screw that into there, make sure you put four screws in there because
this is gonna be, yeah, this is where all the weight
is gonna be, dependent on this. We’re gonna put some legs on, but I’ll show you that in a second. You wanna assemble that on the
floor, so get all your pieces of wood, put them on the floor, start screwing them in together
so you’ve got a nice big structure, then you can start
screwing that into this. So now we’ve marked
out the middle of that, you know the center, that’s
pretty level with the post, now let’s make this level. So I’ve got that as close as
I can, as level as possible, and I’m pretty comfortable with that. Now I’m gonna screw that into this, and now that is fixed. Okay, so now I’ve put four
screws in there, so that is rock solid, that is not going anywhere. That is super level, after
all that, that is level, that is level, that is not going anywhere. What I mean by legs is what
I’m gonna use all my off cuts. I’m gonna cut these into
the right lengths I need, just to give it a little bit more support underneath here, because look at that gap. So what we’re gonna do
is we’re gonna make legs so they go straight down onto
the paving stone underneath. What you wanna do is you wanna
make sure you can get this whole structure level, so
with the legs, there’s no measurements here, it’s just
basically looking by eye and figuring out how long
you need to make these legs. Then to get it right, you screw
in a screw (drill whirring), make it level, and, hey presto, all done! Okay, now I’m putting
the decking planks down. I do cut a third one here, like I said, you wanna cut three of these things just because in the middle, you don’t want these decking planks to
bow, so I cut a third one, put it in there, now to lay
down all those decking planks. (wood thumps) Now I’ve got my decking screws, my drill, and this little piece which has roughly about eight millimeters thick, so this is gonna be my guide to put in between each decking plank to get the, kind of the rough exactly
the same amount of gap. (drill whirring and clicking) (laughs loudly) Done, finished, all the screws in. Okay, so I finish off (drill whirring), I’ve tarted it up a little bit, look how smart that looks now. This next bit, you wanna grab
your bike, because you wanna see what is a comfortable height
for you to wash your bike. So you put your bike on the stand, you wanna lift it up right
to about, right here. We’ve got some off cuts,
so we’re gonna put that 38 by 140 mil piece of
timber, gonna go out here. You wanna cut this down
to about 16 inches out. You wanna give yourself
enough length out of this so you can move your bike
along, so you can get your pedals to spin when
you’ve nailed that on. (saw buzzes) These bits are gonna be
where your bike sits on, your saddle’s gonna rest on here. So we know that’s 1 meter 40
from the ground up to here, we’ve drawn a line, we’ve
cut two of these out at 18 inches in length,
screwed in some screws, not all the way through, halfway through, because if you’re working on your own it’s pretty hard to hold
that big piece of wood and try and screw it all
in, try and get a screw in. Screw that in (drill whirring
and clicking), get your level, because you want everything to be level. (drill whirring and clicking) all right, let’s do the other side. (drill whirring and clicking) Okay, this next one, I’m gonna put a little stopper inside here so it stops my bike from
moving in and out like this. So I’m gonna stop it by doing that, I’m gonna put a piece,
I know that’s 90 mil, so I’m gonna cut it 90
mil wide, slide in there, screw it in, and it’s gonna stop it from pushing over like that. (drill whirring and clicking) that’s gonna stop that movement,
look, it’s not moving now. Not at all, which is good. (laughs) We’re done! Completely, that’s the most simplest thing about the whole build, is just putting that in where your bike actually sits so you can actually wash it. You know what you do? You just slide it in
there, just like that, and it will rest on your
saddle, braced in there. So, so simple, easy, you can make this out of scrap bits of wood. Look at it, and you can spin
your cranks and wash it, it’s not gonna fall over,
it’s at the right height. Man, I’m not even finished,
I’m gonna give it a paint job, I’m gonna make a little
shelf for all my brushes. (loud exhale) Endless. Let’s carry on, we’re nearly there. What I’m gonna do, is I’m
gonna make a little shelf just over here, just
personalizing my stand, and I’ll make this, it’s a little shelf! I can put stuff on there! (drill whirs and clicks) That should do it, nice! (sighs) Look at that, using that already. (laughs) I’ve got these
left over decking planks, so what I’m gonna do with
it is I’m gonna put it on the back here, I’m
gonna go with this side, put it on the back like
this, line it all up, and then I’m gonna put
the other bit underneath and then drill holes in it
and put my wash brushes on it. I’ve got three brushes, I’m
gonna put these all in here like this. (drill whirs and clicks) First hole done, take a
look at that, perfect. One brush, two brush, three brush. We are in business. Now, let’s wash the bike, and then we’re gonna give this thing a paint work. Paint, yes, you wanna
keep this thing protected from getting rotten
because you’re gonna be washing a lot of bikes,
and that thing is gonna be in the wet quite a lot
through the winter months. So I’ve got some left over
decking paint from my decking. I’ve already started painting
it, I’m gonna finish it off. Done, it turned out really well. Gonna let it dry, then
I’m gonna wash my bikes. If you wanna see more of this,
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see you at the next one. (sighs) I’m gonna wash my
bike, because it needs a wash!