Mahogany Tack Trunk

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Project by dvhart posted 02-23-2010 07:04 AM 10496 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend at work was unhappy with the tack trunks she could buy online. They were expensive and those she had seen weren’t holding up to the abuse horse, rider, and the elements doled out. I ordered a plan online (and used the basic dimensions – nothing more) and built this. I replaced commonly used hardware like the piano hinge with much more durable versions. Instead of simple plywood butt joints which have been a common point of failure, I made biscuited corner blocks. If I were to do it again, I might try a dado and rabbet instead of the biscuits. She really likes the size, but the marine grade mahogany plywood turned out to be far heavier than we expected. In retrospect, perhaps birch plywood would have been sufficient.

-- Darren

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 12:20 PM

Great looking tack box and very nicely done. I am sure your friend was pleased with it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 03:08 PM

That looks like a solid build. Your friend should be very happy with it.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 05:26 PM

Thanks folks. She is very happy with it, but she curses my name twice a year when she has to move it in and out of the truck for the events – heavy heavy heavy.

-- Darren

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 07:25 PM

at least she thinks of you Darren :) Very nice trunk! I’d love one of those! ....if I had a horse…. :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 10:00 PM

The extra steps you took should pay off in years of service. In the lid what is the idea of the U shaped cut outs what goes in this trunk?

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 11:59 PM

@Poroskywood: Tack Trunks are made to hold… well…. Tack :-) I’m no equestrian, so she had to explain it to me too. The U shaped slots are for stacks of leg wraps, the slots make it easy to stick your thumb between sets and remove one. The right side is used for quilts. The drawer usually hold straps and clips “bridles?” brushes. The main box holds boots and various horse related cleaners and supplies.

-- Darren

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 03:43 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 09:54 AM

By the way, I think that I answered your questions on my projects site about the outfeed table. If you decide to build one for your Steel City, let me know if I can answer any questions that you may have along the way.

-- Farmer Bill Patriot to the U.S.A. Constitution & Bill of Rights under GOD!

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 10:08 AM

@FarmerBill – Thanks. I ordered the Feb 2009 Woodworker’s Journal. Shouldn’t be terribly difficult to adapt to my Jet Hybrid saw. I’m really excited to have found a folding table I can make myself. I started trying to design the folding leg and realized it would take at least a couple prototypes before I had anything close to working – and I really only want to build one :-) So this is absolutely perfect. I’ll be sure to poke you if I have any questions.

-- Darren

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#11 posted 02-26-2010 12:33 AM

looks good man

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