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Project by Milo posted 04-21-2012 10:32 PM 1106 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Jocks,

Just wanted to upload this Tail Bag I made for my motorcycle over the winter. Sorry I don’t have any in process shots of when I covered it.

As you can see all I did was make a simple box of 1/4” plywood, then cut the lid at about 1.5 inches from the top. There is some batting (or is it quilting? I forget) material surrounding the box, and waterproof vinyl covering the whole thing. The latches are simple brass.

When I got the bike the PO had a milk crate zip stripped to a frame on the back of the bike. I really wanted something nicer.

Things I’d do different.

MEASURE TWICE. My helmet ended up not fitting in the tail bag. :(

I wish I knew how to do internal stitching so what I did wouldn’t have shown so much. Three of the sides look really good, but as you can see, the last one is so-so.

IF you every do this, make sure you drill ALL you whole in the box first. WHAT A PAIN that batting is when it wraps around your drill bit!

Special thanks go to dakremer for his advice when I was making it.

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...





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doncutlip

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 03:51 PM

The finished product looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 03:53 PM

Looks good, much more aestetically pleasing than a milk crate.

Is the seal around the lid watertight?

I can see how the helmet not fitting, could be disappointing. However, you did a nice job all around.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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nobuckle

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 06:06 PM

That’s pretty cool. Don’t be to hard on yourself. It’s the process that teaches us how to do things better the next time around. Nice bike as well.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Milo

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 06:54 PM

The seal seems to be water resistant by dumb luck. The vinyl is pulled together tight by the latches.

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 05:35 PM

The Tail box looks great!

... I was trying to see what you had in the cage… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Milo

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 02:17 PM

Ha! Joe, the cage is were the dog sleeps at night. I had brought the box in to show the wife.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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