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Old 01-23-2020, 10:02 PM   #1
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Escape Bird Cage - Front Storage Box

Well, it's not really a bird cage right now, but it looks a bit like one. In the interests of having a winter project, I am working on an Escape front mount cargo box. Cost is not the issue with buying one, messing about is what drives this project. And thanks to all who provided info on their efforts in similar construction.

This one has a base and back of MDO 1/2" ply, an exterior, phenolic resin/kraft paper coated material used by sign painters. The top and middle frames are 1/2" marine plywood. The vertical supports are of some leftover Sitka spruce, a strong and lightweight wood, in days past, used to construct aeroplanes. The top will be of MDO, laminated with a maple veneer. The body will be sheathed in a flexible "bending plywood", a bit thicker than 1/8". Joints will be reinforced with fillets of marine epoxy and a thickener. The whole shebang will get 2 coats of clear marine epoxy, timeless sanding and numerous coats of a satin spar varnish. At least that's the plan.

Many of the materials I'm using are leftovers from some wood kayak building I did awhile ago. Might as well use them up...for something.

I'd previously built something like this years ago, with similar materials.....an auto roof top cargo box. Folks teased me that it could be my coffin. I believe I'd prefer this Escape version.

Iowa Dave may suggest that I could be buried instead in a shoe box, after a post mortem enema, and I can't, in good conscience , argue that point.
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:31 PM   #2
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Amazing what you can learn:
  • MDO (band), a Puerto Rican boy band, a spin-off from Menudo
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:40 PM   #3
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MDO. Medium Density Overlay.

Nyet, not a musical group.
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I was reminded of the Roger Miller classic “one dying and a burying” by your post mortem morbidity. Personally I have a slightly used 105 Millimeter artillery casing around here somewhere. I figure somebody will weld a cap on it for me once my charred remains are inserted and with a post hole digger and a six pack for refreshment, it should be a fairly concise ceremony. Should sound like a dropped mortar as it wobbles to the bottom of the hole. Ka Funk. But not tomorrow, Matthew McConaughey and I are gonna go ice fishing as soon as he can get his out of state license. We’re taking his Lincoln. All right all right all right.
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Iowa Dave may suggest that I could be buried instead in a shoe box, after a post mortem enema, and I can't, in good conscience , argue that point.
And I don't have any trouble believing that's something Iowa Dave would say.

I'm sure that Myron would agree with me that the shallow angle between the front of the box and the sides is the way to go. Prevents the bumper and the box from getting too chummy when making sharp turns.

The box is going to look like a work of art. Nice work.

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Hi Glenn
Ahh yes, Greg Brown, another Iowa treasure. He has played in Iowa City numerous times and in Cedar Rapids and Ames. My daughter and son in law are fans and we hear him on Iowa public radio on the Saturday evening show with Bob DeForest every once in a while. His background as the son of a Pentecostal minister must have contributed to his style in some way.
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Well, it's not really a bird cage right now, but it looks a bit like one. In the interests of having a winter project, I am working on an Escape front mount cargo box. Cost is not the issue with buying one, messing about is what drives this project. And thanks to all who provided info on their efforts in similar construction.

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Many of the materials I'm using are leftovers from some wood kayak building I did awhile ago. Might as well use them up...for something.
I am fascinated with the woodworking skills that some forum members have. Nice work! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:24 AM   #9
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Really nice work Tom I changed the title of your thread to help with future Search.
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It looks truly beautiful! ...and...I can see you know about what Ron said. Very eager to see how you do the lid. Other issue is I had to redo mine because I made it sit too close to the trailer wall and travel vibrations rubbed out gelcoat.
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Hi Tom
Hey how about a cutting board top for cheese and salami prep with some cut out wells for beer bottles? I’ll bring the snacks for the Christening at Pikes Peak. I know you appreciate these great ideas. I’ll be coming past the Edgewood Locker on my way up so let me know your preferences.
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Dave,

What brand and size of beer bottles are you thinking? Long necks, stubbies, growlers, cans, containers with coozies?? Nothing is simple or straightforward.

I'm pretty booked up with projects at the moment, but in a pinch you can try using your Escape brand supplied cup/plate holders you still must have. Pity, I gave mine away last Fall.
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Escape brand supplied cup/plate holders you still must have. Pity, I gave mine away last Fall.
anyone have pictures of these?
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Hi Mr Carpenter extraordinaire,
I was speaking mainly of the standard 12 ounce beer bottle. Though coozies are nice, I rarely need one as my beer does not get warm before I drink it. For reference see picture below. I am not sure where my adapted, adopted pot luck slurpy shot glass tray went after the Fireball incident last fall. I barely have a recollection of that event. So just keep the indents simple. Standard long neck with adjacent red solo cup shot glass shooter cutout. In addition please bring your finest woodworking tool , your 0460 Stihl powersaw along in case there are still stumps in the campground that need architectural improvement. The third photo is entitled
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"Hi Mr Carpenter"
au contraire!!!
I am an ARTIST!!!!, and not a mere craftsman.

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au contraire!!!
I am an ARTIST!!!!, and not a mere craftsman.

For shame!
I’m so sorry for confusing your vocation as an artist with that of a mere carpenter. Your haute couture as you stood in rapt amazement on the free tarp last September should have been enough to tip me off. Sorry for the inattention.
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Work progresses on the gear box

Attached are some sequence images of the front trailer box I'm building this long, cold winter. Following assembly, all rib and frame joints were filleted with a thickened epoxy, coated 3 sides with clear epoxy, sanded and varnished. This week was sheathing with the bending plywood skin. Call me Jeb Clamp-it, with the first image. 2nd image is bottom gluing & clamping and last is glued up box with unfinished lid in place. I'll epoxy coat the interior, exterior, sand and varnish. The lid, of MDO plywood will get edge banding and lamination with a maple veneer. Lots of sanding and varnishing and hardware attachment, but it's getting there. I hope to have it done in a month and installed for a planned trip South. Interesting construction project as a diversion from the tyranny of the right angle box.
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Attached are some sequence images of the front trailer box I'm building this long, cold winter. Following assembly, all rib and frame joints were filleted with a thickened epoxy, coated 3 sides with clear epoxy, sanded and varnished. This week was sheathing with the bending plywood skin. Call me Jeb Clamp-it, with the first image. 2nd image is bottom gluing & clamping and last is glued up box with unfinished lid in place. I'll epoxy coat the interior, exterior, sand and varnish. The lid, of MDO plywood will get edge banding and lamination with a maple veneer. Lots of sanding and varnishing and hardware attachment, but it's getting there. I hope to have it done in a month and installed for a planned trip South. Interesting construction project as a diversion from the tyranny of the right angle box.
Very very nice ! Pat
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