How to Build a Wood Bike Basket

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If you're looking to add a touch of style and function to your two-wheel ride, amp up your hip factor with a homemade bike basket. Reminiscent of a vintage crate, this DIY bike basket boasts a nostalgic quality that'll make you the envy of the bike lane.

Things You'll Need

  • ¾" pine board
  • ¼" pine lattice
  • Tape measure
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • Miter saw
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nailer
  • ¾" brad nails
  • Leather straps with buckle
  • Butane torch (optional)
DIY Wooden Bicycle Basket
DIY Wooden Bicycle Basket (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Cut and Assemble the Basket

Step 1

Measure and cut pieces to length using a miter saw: A - ¾" x ¾" x 7 ¼" B - ¼" x 1 ¼" x 9 ¼" C - ¼" x 2 ½" x 9 ¼" D - ¼" x 1 ¼" x 14 ½" E - ¼" x 2 ½" x 14 ½" F - ¾" x 9 ¼" x 14"

Materials layout.
Materials layout. (Image: Photo: Cam Oden)

Step 2

Sand any rough edges using 220 grit sand paper.

Sand any rough parts.
Sand any rough parts. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 3

Working on a flat surface, attach "C" and "E" to "F" (the base of the basket) using wood glue and ¾" brad nails, making sure all corners line up. Use your glue sparingly and wipe away any excess.

Attach bottom slat pieces.
Attach bottom slat pieces. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 4

Glue and nail all four "A" pieces in each corner with ¾" nails.

Nail corner posts in place.
Nail corner posts in place. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 5

Flip the basket over and attach the remaining "C" and "E" pieces to the top of the posts.

Attach top wood slats.
Attach top wood slats. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 6

Measure and mark so the middle "B" and "D" pieces are spaced evenly. This will make it easier to line up each piece when nailing.

Measure for equal distance between parts.
Measure for equal distance between parts. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 7

Sand basket with 220 grit sand paper making sure to remove any rough edges.

Sand the completed basket.
Sand the completed basket. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Burn the Edges for an Antique Look (Optional)

Step 1

Place your crate on concrete in a safe area. Always have a hose or fire extinguisher near by when working with a blow torch. Follow the directions for your torch and wear proper safety gear.

Materials for wood burning.
Materials for wood burning. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 2

Practice on a scrap piece of wood, working to achieve a look with darker areas toward the edges. I always start on the bottom of a piece before moving to a more visible area. Burn until you reach your desired look.

Start burning on bottom of basket before moving to more visible areas.
Start burning on bottom of basket before moving to more visible areas. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 3

Wipe clean with a damp towel and let dry completely.

Freshly charred basket ready for finish.
Freshly charred basket ready for finish. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Apply Finish and Attach to Your Bike

Step 1

Choose your finish. Minwax Early American stain was used in this project.

Staining materials.
Staining materials. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 2

Apply stain evenly, following the directions on the can. Wipe clean and let dry.

Applying wood stain to the basket.
Applying wood stain to the basket. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 3

I attached my crate to the handle bars with two leather bracelets that I found at my local craft store but these could be easily substituted with leather belts.

Attaching the basket to the handle bars.
Attaching the basket to the handle bars. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 4

Make sure the basket is secure before riding your bike. Take a test ride with a few books in the basket to avoid any unwanted surprises .

Finished basket.
Finished basket. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

Step 5

Toss in your necessities and you're ready to hit the beach or the Farmer's Market or simply ride about town. Don't be surprised if people stop you to ask, "Where did you get that cool basket?"

Finished basket on bike ready for summer.
Finished basket on bike ready for summer. (Image: Photo: Cameron Oden)

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