Cit: Paulo Coelho.
Before you begin anything, seek out your allies, people who are interested in what you are doing.
Your allies are people who are not afraid of making mistakes and who do, therefore, make mistakes, which is why their work often goes unrecognized. Yet they are just the kind of people who transform the world and, after many mistakes, manage to do something that can make a real difference in their community. They are people who can't bear to sit around waiting for things to happen in order to decide which attitude to adopt; they decide as they act, well aware that this could prove highly dangerous.
People always judge others by taking as a model their own limitations, and other people's opinions are often full of prejudice and fear.
Join with all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take more risks. Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticize those who do not think like them, people who have never once taken a step unless they were sure they would be respected for doing so, and who prefer certainties to doubts.
Join with those who are open and not afraid to be vulnerable: they understand that people can only improve once they start looking at what their fellows are doing, not in order to judge them, but to admire them for their dedication and courage.
Let's do that!
This was just sent to me and reading it has helped to bring my mind and attitude back on track. This has not been an easy build. There has been experimentation, money issues, mechanical setbacks, contractor issues, blah blah blah. More importantly, there have been friends, family, and associates who has been there - whether to loan tools, donate money, parts, time, or advice, offer encouragement, bounce ideas off of, and sometimes just to listen. Off the top, I'd like to thank Noah Bauer, Permaganic, all the donators, my family, Daniela Leonard, Mosh n Brew Bicycle Crew, Rat Patrol Bicycle Club, MoBo Bicycle Cooperative, Tim Burns, Stephen Case, Jason Hines, Dave Willman, Nancy Terrell, Kelon Buncher, Stephanie Winters, Chris Vorhees, Liz from the Village Green, Doppes Lumber, Ace Hardware on Ludlow and Hamilton Aves. And everyone else who have been there. Thank you all.
Ok.... on to the update! Box is built! Frame is painted! That's right. Now some details...
Built the box sides from 1/4" exterior AC plywood and 1"x3" furring strips. Fastened it together with 2"x2"s. Its not the lightest thing in the world, but it is solid. Decided to put the framework on the outside. Made life easier on building and I like the old-timey look it has. After going over the finances, and weighing time vs money vs weight vs durability, this seemed like the most feasible solution.
And the trike frame.... taped off the headset, gave the frame a light sanding with 600 grit, and mineral spirit wipe down. Rattlecanned a several coats of white primer, followed by automotive paint (Performance Red) brushed on with a mist coat of rattlecan red.