Greene & Greene Tack Trunk

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Project by Pezking7p posted 03-08-2016 03:36 AM 3754 views 16 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been needing a tack trunk to keep all her horsey things in for a while now. I think a lot of the homemade tack trunks look pretty horrendous, so I wanted to make sure her’s was beautiful.

For some reason, the Greene & Greene blanket chest that Darrell Peart designed struck me, and I used it as the foundation (read: Shamelessly Copied) for my design.

The wood is sapele with ebony plugs/splines. The handle of the fancy tote is maple, and the bottoms are all aromatic cedar. I decided to use torsion hinges from Rockler, which I had to modify slightly to use on this project, but I like the hinges as the action is very nice. Finish is satin Arm R Seal with wax on top.

This project was very boring, with mostly sanding and shaping of rounded corners. If you make anything greene & greene, save yourself a lot of time and use a 1/8” roundover bit to round over everything.

I did really enjoy the design process for the fancy tote as well as seating all the plugs. I thought that was fun. Here’s a picture of a lot of plugs. The smallest ones are 1/8” square.

Thanks for looking. Cheers

-- -Dan

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 04:16 AM

Awesome design and workmanship!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 04:35 AM

That really came out great, well done. Must have been lots of work smoothing all those details.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 05:33 AM

That really turned out great. The tote is really well done. Did you cut off part of the torsion hinge? Do they still feel stable in use?

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 05:33 AM

That sapele is beautiful. Amazing bit of work there pez!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 06:07 AM

Well done, Pez. I like it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 07:24 AM

I love it, Dan! Lots of details to enjoy, and the joinery looks grand.
Don’t let my wife see it.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 11:29 AM

Dan, wow! Absolutely beautiful.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 12:48 PM

Wow! That thing is a beauty! Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 12:59 PM

Thanks everyone.

Shane, yes I had to cut the 90 degree part off of the hinges using a hack saw. The work went fast and came out quite clean. The hinges are very stable without the full wrap, they don’t flex or threaten to pull the screws out at all. It helps that the hinges are steel, and quite thick (maybe 1/8” thick?).

-- -Dan

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#10 posted 03-08-2016 01:21 PM

Very nicely done! Although I don’t know what breed of horses your wife has, her new trunk is certainly “show” quality.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 03-08-2016 01:34 PM

Nice Work Pez, I bet your wife loves it!

-- Putty

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#12 posted 03-08-2016 02:07 PM

Very nice, Pez.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#13 posted 03-08-2016 02:13 PM

Spectacular Pez. It is beautiful.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 03-08-2016 02:14 PM

Very classy looking.

-- Brian Noel

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#15 posted 03-08-2016 02:27 PM

Thats awesome Pez! You certainly have more patience than I do. Very impressed

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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