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Bicycle-Mounted Pie Box

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Project by justgrif posted 10-27-2015 08:54 PM 852 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 13” X 13” box made of white oak with teak lid lift, feet and miter splines, made for a friend with a small pie delivery business. The friend in question has a lot of personal style and does not own a car, only bikes.

This is a simple looking box, but I designed it entirely for its intended application. The wood is white oak to offer some amount of weather resistance and durability. I’ve rounded the corners and eased the other edges to reduce wear and tear. The lid is recessed and flips up. I wanted no outer latch because that would be vulnerable to being torn off, so I’ve secured it with a hidden pair of rare earth magnets. The lid will be further secured by a bungee cord used to attach it to the bike’s rear rack. You can’t see the feet in the picture but they are spaced in such a way as to straddle across the width of most typical rear racks, preventing any lateral movement when the bike hits bumps in the road.

The piece was ammonia fumed for a few hours to pop the grain and give a little extra color. I then applied BLO and wipe-on poly. The only thing I would do differently is get a thick piece of stock for the lid and resaw it down to get a bookmatch.





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#1 posted 10-28-2015 12:24 AM

I would love to have a pie delivered to me in this box.

-- Chuck, Minnesota

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 01:29 PM

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 04:31 AM

Grif, it looks like you have mastered all the fundamental skills for making boxes. I like your grain-matched corners, lift, hinge, and inset bottom. Rounding the edges does soften the impact of heavy use. Attaching the top and then cutting the top away from the box makes the lid more weather proof and would make the lid less apt to warp. See this post.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 01:54 PM


Grif, it looks like you have mastered all the fundamental skills for making boxes. I like your grain-matched corners, lift, hinge, and inset bottom. Rounding the edges does soften the impact of heavy use. Attaching the top and then cutting the top away from the box makes the lid more weather proof and would make the lid less apt to warp. See this post.

- Boxguy

Yep, I do know that lid technique. I originally had a sliding lid on this but cut off the grooved top inch and converted it to the recessed lid. Probably would have done better to glue up multiple strips instead of two panels. On the bright side, it’s already warped a bit and I mounted it so that if it moves back to flat it will look reasonably normal.

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