I've been slowly making saddlebag supports for a bit now. What could have probably been done in 2-3 hours takes a lot longer when you can only work on it later at night after your toddler goes to bed.
I used 1/8" thick flat stock, I want to say 1 1/4" wide. Plasti-dip for paint, 5/16 button head bolts, nyloc nuts, some washers and two 1" spacers. The current spacers are plastic, but those will be changed out for aluminum ones that are maybe a quarter inch longer.
I used a hacksaw to cut the lengths(two 10" pieces, four 6" ones), an 18v drill for hole duty(started out using my normal general purpose bits, got through 3 of the 12 holes in way to long and went out and bought a proper step bit for the rest) and a bastard file to take care of burs and sharp edges.
If I were to do it again, I'd not use 5/16 hardware. It's overkill. Technically you could also save some time drilling holes, and the selection of spacers(at least at home depot) was better for smaller diameter bolts. I would also do something to round all the square edges over. I'll probably still do that at some point.
A good, sturdy table would have been nice too. Maybe I'll just ask my wife to sit on my folding one in the future to help keep it from being a little wobbly.
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