just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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Originally Posted by trayraynor
Well, your experience with the box getting tossed around causes me to reconsider my use of cardboard. I'm somewhat handy with wood, but not nearly as experienced as I believe you are given the earlier posts. If it's not too much trouble, would you post additional photos of your box? Perhaps I can see how you handled all the joints, as well as the mounting of the casters.
I don't think more photos would tell you much. The ply is 1/8" mahogany door skin. The corners are 3/4" X 3/4" fir cleats, as are the stiffeners. I think the stiffeners could have been smaller, maybe 1/2" X 1/2".
These are the Grainger caster parts I used:
Stem Caster Mounting Socket, PK5 Item no: 5VT35
Swivel Stem Caster, 13/16"W, 2"D Item no: 4X948
I glued a thick mounting block to the bottom of the box at each end, drilled a hole for the mounting sockets, and epoxied them in. I drilled out the socket just a little to allow the caster to be removable.
My baggage experiences on this flight are definitely minority, however I did meet bike tourists in campgrounds with similar stories. And of course there's United Breaks Guitars