“I will get the wheels from Staggie’s first thing and will bring them over to the back yard. “ Right I will sort the wood and nails ready for you coming over.’
The next morning Tom was over at Mickey’s house with his tools and the wood that he would need.
Mickey came outside and he was about to go to Staggie’s for wheels when Tom told him of his plan to fix a box directly behind the seat using some scrap metal bars and a plate attached to the back wheel.
Tom brought out his fathers chisels, a tenon saw, and some wood clamps and they measured ten lengths of wood then sawed them; then they planed them so the wood looked like new. Then each piece was marked and dovetailed joints made so that they all fit together. Tom’s father showed him how to make the dovetails so that they were done they were a snug fit. Wood glue was inserted and then they were put together.
A flat piece of wood was glued and nailed using panel pins on the bottom. Using a centre punch the pins were hidden then the holes filled and sanded. Mickey went to the scrap yard with instructions of what to get and he walked over to Tanners bank and up the Tiger Stairs to the street were the shop was and went inside. Tom went into the back yard where there was a mountain of metal, old bicycles, prams; you name it Mr Stagg had it.
Mickey picked out two meal grids and some angle bars that could be drilled and adapted to fit over the back wheels. He found some nuts and bolts that would fit perfectly. He paid two pounds for the things that he needed then carried them back to his house.
Mickey set about drilling each of the angle bars so that they could be fixed to both the bike frame and the back wheels. He brought out his bike then tried it for size.
“Made for the job said Mickey.’
“Right go over and see Colin, he’s at my house, ask him if he has some black metal paint.’
“We can paint them and leave them whilst you give me a backer up to Archers to get my bike.’
Mickey ran over the road as Tom was sanding down both boxes ready to be varnished. He had made a lid for each box so that the fruit and veg and the bread and pies could be locked inside. He screwed brackets and a hasp to each box then found two old locks in his father’s shed with keys he cleaned them with steel wool to get rid of the rust then waited for Mickey to return with the metal paint.
When Mick returned Colin had loaned him some paint brushes and the two lads placed the pannier frames onto some old sheets to stop the drips of paint then set about painting them black.
Then they were left to dry whilst Mickey took Tom to Archer’s yard to get his bike.
When they returned Tom’s mother came out with some sandwiches for them and a mug of tea.
Tom drilled the holes in the bottom of each box so bolts could be fed through and then the nuts would be attached to the metal grid plate to keep the boxes secure.
They sat in the sunshine eating the food that Tom’s mam had brought them whilst the heat of the sun dried the varnished boxes and metal paint.
It took six hours for them to dry but when they were, both Tom and Mickey set about fixing them to the bikes. Tom’s father came out and inspected them and told them that they had done a good job and that the boxes would last them both years.
All we need now is some food to sell.