|Project by MichaelT77||posted 08-26-2012 10:03 PM||2028 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I bought a motortcycle a few years ago. Maybe I’ll put that story on a blog after a while. It was shortly after my no. 3 son came back from his second combat tour in Iraq (Marine Platoon Commander).
Anyway, it was not likely that my wife was going to ride on the back, so I removed the dual seat and replaced it with a single seat. I soon realized that, other than my pockets, I had no place to store stuff (maps, tools, water, parts). So, I bought and installed a luggage rack, and then built a box to mount on it.
The box is my own design, and I pretty much designed it (and changed it) during the building process. As a result, it’s a little rough.
It’s made of the red oak boards that you can buy off the shelf at Lowes, and square drive screws from McFeeleys. Box joints. No glue. No stain. Just a urethane finish. I had some left-over fiberglass cloth and some epoxy from a canoe I built several years ago, so I glassed the entire inside of the box and lid. It has a lock, as well.
Unfortunately, I rarely get a chance to ride, but I’ve been to the big motorcycle extravaganza in Johnstown, PA a few times (Thunder in the Valley). Thousands of motorcyles; 90% Harleys. I’ve had many HD owners come by to take pictures. Both the motorcycle and the box have received many compliments.
It was really my first wood project that I felt was worthy to come up out of the basement. I’ve made one more since then thinking, you know, that someone would buy it. No luck. So, it sits in my basement woodshop.
The picture of me is from a few years ago at the scenic overlook near the summit on PA Rt. 40, just south of Uniontown. The motorcycle is a Royal Enfield Classic Bullet 500. That’s 500 cc, single cylinder. I like it, and in my late 50s, it’s all the motorcycle I need.
-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA