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    08-14-2012, 07:20 AM
Tack Trunk - design ideas please!


I should start by saying I have never ridden a horse in my life! I am a woodworker and I want to build a tack trunk for a friend's daughter as a surprise gift.

She currently uses a big rubbermaid storage container, I want this to be just a bit nicer! The design I am planning to go with is (something like) this...on the outside.

It's a difficult thing to make for someone when you can't ask for specifics.

My thoughts so far, include:

-Recess in the lid with cutouts for legwraps. (What else can go in the lid?)
-Removable grooming tote
-Tray/drawer on top that can slide to the left or right, or be removed completely
-Large storage area on the bottom for larger items (boots? What else?)
-Wheels for easy movement

What are things I might want to include in this? Any recommendations on the overall size? Any direction would be great.

Also, with this being hardwood, I expect it to be very heavy. Is there a common weight for these trunks? Thanks.

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    08-14-2012, 10:31 AM
My tack box was designed based off of trunks designed by Beval - Show Circuit Trunk OR Wellington Show Trunk

For what you said:
> Recess in the lid with cutouts for legwraps. - I LOVE this part of my box. I put my polos, standing bandages, and pillow wraps on this part, and it keeps the me from digging through the actual trunk to find these things.

> Removable grooming tote - These are really great, although they usually take up a lot of room in the trunk.
> Tray/drawer on top that can slide to the left or right, or be removed completely - I keep my spurs, studs, and other random small items in this.

> Large storage area on the bottom for larger items - I take it this is the main part of the trunk? I put my boots, my horses, saddle pads, blankets, and my grooming tote in this area.

> Wheels for easy movement - While wheels are great, make sure they are fairly hidden. Most show trunk's don't wheel - makes it harder for people to take the trunk if they would try to steal it.
    08-15-2012, 05:36 PM
> Wheels for easy movement - While wheels are great, make sure they are fairly hidden. Most show trunk's don't wheel - makes it harder for people to take the trunk if they would try to steal it.

I would love to have wheels (If I had a trunk), but to avoid the stealing issue you could possibly add an area to attatch a chain/cable so they can lock it to the stall or something?
    08-15-2012, 10:01 PM
If she has the room, here is another design Tack Box - by Grantman @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community
    08-15-2012, 11:16 PM
That trunk looks beautiful! IMHO the wheels would ruin the elegant look if they aren't well hidden. Just ascetics vs practicality though. She's a lucky girl!
    08-15-2012, 11:38 PM
I was thinking you could also put a velvet (or some other material) pocket in the lid that will hold a crop. Or if you compartmentalised it, it could hold other things like the wraps, gloves, whatever.

If they use chaps, a place to lay them flat or stand them up would be great. The larger storage compartment could also hold a helmet in addition to the boots and whatever else.

That's a really nice gift.

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