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Drair-that's damn clever! I did not see any measurements. Would you be so kind as to provide them? Thanks for posting your creation!
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Thanks for the compliment! It was a fun little project. Here is a picture of the templates I created in the design phase. I put the rough cut measurements on those, and the finished height (13 inches). I have a Utopia brand backrest bracket I used to anchor it, primarily anyway. That's why there is a small 1" x 2" cutout showing on the bottom pattern.
Happy to answer any questions if you decide to build one yourself.
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Thank you for your prompt reply. You are most kind. Another question please. You show a top and bottom however there actually is not a top. I am guessing you eliminated all but the railing from the top half after gluing. The "wings" was a very clever idea. Thanks again!
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Correct. I used a jigsaw to remove the core of the upper section, after glue up. Attaching all the dowels, the way I did it, required a lot of support. Plus I wasn't too sure how thick I wanted to make that upper railing.

I kept trying it on the bike with Zoe and the "bat wings" came from that. I saw quickly that she would get on her hind legs and put her fore paws out onto the trunk lid. That could've lead to a lot of scratches. So the wings add a function by keeping her from contacting that part of the bike, but are sized to avoid rubbing and scratches themselves. As you can see, I tried to sculpt them a bit to add some style. They easily pivot outward and can be removed if desired but so far I've neither pivoted them nor removed 'em.

It still looks like a big boxy crate to me but it really does fit the bill. Plus, it's wide enough that I can put stuff other than the dog in there if I need to, so long as I bungee or strap it in.

You mentioned a Scotty dog, IIRC. You might want to make your top rail a bit lower. Zoe loves to have her head over the rail when we ride. She NEVER sits down. OTOH, with the top rail at about 13", all those 1/2" dowels across the front of the seat make for a nice back rest for me (I wear armored jackets with spine protection).

Good luck with your build, if you proceed. If you make one I'd love to see how it turns out and any improvements you might add. Just be prepared for a LOT of girls wanting to take pictures of your dog in the seat. It's a real chick magnet. Too bad I'm so old... LOL.
 

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Chick magnet. Yeah, that's just what I don't need. :sneaky: Thanks again for all your help. Need to purchase some materials then it's off to the races. I'll let you know how it's going. Stay safe.
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Very cool. Zoe is a lucky girl.

How is the mount to the handles working out? When you have a moment, would you please post a pic of that part?
 

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I got these ss304 double-headed snap clips (4.25") from a SCUBA dive shop, and now attach them to the black tie downs I had previously installed under the handles. I think this picture shows it pretty well. The unused shiny D-ring to the left in the picture turned out to be unnecessary and I'll be taking those off one of these days. With the 2 snap clips and and center mounted clevis pin, I can literally attach this to the bike in less than 2 minutes. It takes about a minute longer if I have to remove the Utopia backrest first. So my short answer to how is it working out is really good. Pleased with the set up.


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Drair-finished the passenger seat for my mini schnauzer thanks to your help. I need to post some photos. I molded a piece of plexiglass surrounding outside the dowels. Heated it with a heat gun and bent around exterior. Then screwed it to dowels. Great wind break. Came out fantastic and Kooper loves it!
 

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I molded a piece of plexiglass surrounding outside the dowels. Heated it with a heat gun and bent around exterior. Then screwed it to dowels. Great wind break. Came out fantastic and Kooper loves it!
Yes, please do post a couple pix. I’d love to see it and that plexiglas sounds really intriguing. Now we can start a new area on the forum: Dogs on Wings. LOL.
 

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That pup looks so pleased, he's got that "Goldwing stare"! Beautiful craftsmanship. You must get stares from cagers when they pass you and notice your passenger!
 
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