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Project by MichaelT77 posted 07-04-2019 06:26 PM 1501 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box to mount on the back of a motorcycle. It’s made of cherry. I’ve done some hand-cut dovetailing, but this was my first attempt at mitering the top corners. I was happy with how they turned out. The box is a little heavy. The walls are 5/8” thick. If I make another one, 1/2” would be better. The curved lid is made of several 1/4” thick strips. I mitered the edges, and I used curved scrapers so that the bottom face of the strips would match the curvature of the frame. The strips are glued down, and i also used a pin nailer, two pins at each end. Finished with several coats of clear shellac.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA





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pottz

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#1 posted 07-04-2019 06:30 PM

well I gotta say that’s one bad ass box on one badass motorcycle.you did a great job on those dovetails.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-04-2019 08:58 PM

nice ! and the mitre was a great touch

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-04-2019 11:34 PM

Damn, the execution is great and those dovetails swish!


..... one bad ass box on one badass motorcycle…..
—pottz

Unfortunately, with all the deaths we’ve had in Australia this year with motor cycles…. that’s one badass invitation to a potential mishap.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#4 posted 07-05-2019 03:35 AM



Damn, the execution is great and those dovetails swish!

..... one bad ass box on one badass motorcycle…..
—pottz

Unfortunately, with all the deaths we ve had in Australia this year with motor cycles…. that s one badass invitation to a potential mishap.

- LittleBlackDuck


common duckie man up,just because ducks cant ride doesn’t others can’t!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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anthm27

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#5 posted 07-05-2019 09:11 AM

That is superb , great box.
I was wondering what sort of hinges you used? It would be nice if the whole lid would fold 270 degrees and hang down. (i,ve touched on this many times and still haven’t a solution) So yes , I,d be interested to see your hinge system. The curved lid is sensational.
Kind Regards
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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mikeacg

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#6 posted 07-05-2019 11:03 AM

Michael,

Beautiful bike and box! I can see a field trip in my future to Indiana if they have a showroom!
I’m currently triking an early GoldWing and shooting for that kind of look!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-05-2019 11:20 AM

Anthem, thank you. These are just a couple of small hinges I had on hand. I just made a couple of fingertip sized blocks, drilled holes in them, glued them to the box and lid, and ran a length of 550 cord through them. It just opens far enough to stay open.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#8 posted 07-05-2019 12:54 PM

Nice work on the box. Neat joints in it!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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anthm27

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#9 posted 07-05-2019 10:42 PM


Anthem, thank you. These are just a couple of small hinges I had on hand. I just made a couple of fingertip sized blocks, drilled holes in them, glued them to the box and lid, and ran a length of 550 cord through them. It just opens far enough to stay open.

- MichaelT77

Thanks for posting the extra pics. Yes I did the same with a similar box lid set up recently, used the butt hinges.
Problem is I want to get away from using the stay and let the lid fold right back and down against the side of the box.
I have a forum on the subject but nobody seems to be able to solve the problem.

Once again nice work on the box, I,m not a motorbike guy but yours sure does seem special.

Have a good weekend.
Regards
Anthony (Hong Kong)

EDIT: Nice job on the cord stay.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#10 posted 07-05-2019 11:21 PM


... It would be nice if the whole lid would fold 270 degrees and hang down. (i,ve touched on this many times and still haven t a solution).....
- anthm27
antman, for 270° and strength I could never go past a good bottle shop… Just kidding, I have been a fan of

pie-annie hinges….

I buy it in bulk so it’s a dime a dozen (shirley would say $84.95 for 25m)... refused to pay $30 P&H, so I drove to Melbourne and it only cost me $29.97 in petrol… as Otto was driving and with cruise control on my time took a sabbatical that day as I slept all the way.

Put on the outside, the gold plating does not detract and add that extra bling… and you get the magical 270° (with the grip of Pythagoras + 180° bonus).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 07-05-2019 11:58 PM

Sorry antman didn’t see your blog, wasn’t in full control of my facilities when I posted above… Got a better idea of what 270° looks like… a lot hotter than 100°… as I reached my boiling point I did come up with this…. (only in Sketchup.. but seems feasible),

Sides could be extended…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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anthm27

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#12 posted 07-06-2019 02:37 AM



Sorry antman didn t see your blog, wasn t in full control of my facilities when I posted above… Got a better idea of what 270° looks like… a lot hotter than 100°… as I reached my boiling point I did come up with this…. (only in Sketchup.. but seems feasible),

- LittleBlackDuck

Your a funny fellow Mr Little Black Dress, Um yes, the cabinet hinge still wouldn’t work, it would only open the lid to 180 degrees
On the other hand Yes, the sketchup drawings are what I,m talking about with 270 degree opening, but of course would require a whole lid redesign.
So, the problem remains.

Here is the forum I opened on the topic
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/302768

Sorry Michael for hijacking your well deserved Daily Top 3

Kind Regards
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 07-06-2019 02:47 AM

Sorry M’T77 this is one post I have hijacked without the support of my guilty compatriots… let then sleep in peace and accept my appology…. antman, you are still guilty, KA-CHINGA.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 07-06-2019 02:58 AM


.... Black Dress, Um yes,
- anthm27
Um yes
Here is the forum I opened on the topic
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/302768

OK, no solution, but did the above SU cut then Hinge or get the juices flowing?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 07-06-2019 11:26 AM

OOps, My sincere apologies… Looks like MickeySoft may have hit the ENTER key without my consent and posted further discussion that may not be appropriate here…. apologies again.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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