DIY RC Car Rack
For Christmas, our little man said he wanted an RC car. Santa happily obliged... and so did grandma Debbie, papa Paul, and grandma Laura... & just for good measure, one of his friends also bought him an RC car for his 7th birthday...which is 3 days before Christmas. His bedroom was overrun by mini remote control cars. This, of course, pleased him to no end. But step-mommy was getting major anxiety by all the automobiles covering the floor- it was a straight fire hazard.
Enter my DIY RC Car Rack. Ah. I love when things have a home.
Now I'm not going to lie...this was not an easy DIY, but it might be if you have a little bit more knowledge of power tools than I do. Let me tell you a little back story. I bought all the wood for this project last Friday with the intent to assemble it using wood glue and then tell you all how easy it was. ...well, glue wasn't strong enough to hold the pegs on combined with the weight of the cars. So, then I thought, "duh! nails!" so i tried to nail through the board and into the pegs. That was just really noisy and i couldn't seem to hit the nails hard enough to make much more than a knick. Frustrated I consulted J. Boys are just born knowing how to build crap. He told me I needed a drill. Oh. Well. Luckily, I found this great drill on Amazon for $18! Now, I don't know much about tools so I have no idea if that's a good deal or not, but I calculated it to be approximately 3.5 Starbucks white mochas, so it was deemed worthy.
- 1 hobby board- I used this one, but you can go bigger or smaller depending on how many vroom vrooms you have taking over your living space.
- 12 inch(ish) wooden dowels- I originally wanted them shorter, but i realized with them longer, I can also hang the remotes next to their corresponding car.
- drill with drill bit
- paint of your choice
- a kitty supervisor (optional)
First, I measured where the pegs would go. They are spaced about 9 inches apart (vertically) from each other. I drew a line in pen (should have used pencil) to keep track. Then, I marked where the two pegs would be spaced horizontally. For cars with a longer under carriage, i did about 4.5 inches apart, and for smaller cars, I did 2 inches apart. Then the fun part: making holes! I used my drill bit to drill holes at ache point where the pegs would go. Then I drilled holes into one end of the pegs (that was the hard part...they're strong little suckers).
Yeah... I did this on the carpet in front of the TV while binge watching Scrubs. i have a lot of vacuuming to do.
After drilling all the holes, I lined up the peg with each hole and drilled a screw into both from the back of the board. I learned something important about drilling holes: make sure you make the hole with your drill bit deep enough, or the screw wont lay flush against the board and will result in a floppy peg. Also, screwing and unscrewing leads to stripped screws...and a grumpy girl.
Once all the pegs were firmly attached to the board, it was painting time. I had wanted to paint the board red and the pegs white (little man's room is navy, red, and white), but I was out of white paint and forgot to pick some up while at Home Depot. So instead, I went with red and gray.
Once dried, I nailed it to the wall and my anxieties seemed to have evaporated. The cars are now off the floor (praise JESUS!) and the rack looks adorable in his room. Granted, this project took 4 hours from start to finish, but it only cost me $15 + the cost of the drill. Well worth it! Questions about this project? Leave them in the comments section, I'd be happy to help.