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Talk to me about building a tack trunk

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  • Talk to me about building a tack trunk

    I have searched the Chronicle Forums and found some good information, but not all of the information I am looking for. I've never owned a wooden trunk and I am working on talking my fiance into building one.

    I have seen the elite tack trunk designs, but they really aren't what I'm looking for. I want a basic trunk with a sliding tray and grooming tote that isn't extremely heavy. I thought I wanted a bandage lid, but after reading about how heavy the lids are and how the space lacked versatility for other items, I have decided that a net would be more suitable as a "catch all," then maybe a bandage tote to go elsewhere in the trunk.

    So if you've built a trunk, did you draw your own plans? What features are an absolute necessity? What wood did you choose?

    If you purchased a trunk, what do you love about it? What features have made it versatile and useful?

    What features, on any trunk, don't you like?

  • #2
    I have a trunk made by Georgetown Stable Outfitters. The trunk is waterproof, made of a light weight material yet strong, has two wheels and a handle similar to carry-on luggage. The interior can be customized any way you request.

    The best feature is if a horse were to kick and break one of the panels, the cost is about $80 and can be replaced in a few weeks.

    My trunk was $900.


    • #3
      About two years ago, I built my own tack trunk. Basic rectangular shape with a separate bandage area off to the far left of the trunk, a sliding tray and even a bit rack and some hooks for my bridles. I went to the local Millworks and got "scrap wood" free. They cut it and everything for me. All I did before hand, was figure out the dimensions. I ended up only purchasing the hardware (L-brackets-for support inside the trunk, some hooks to go inside, the lock, some rollers and the handles and screws) the entire project cost me about $50. I stained it myself and it's still sitting in my tackroom and I get compliments on it all the time. It's very easy to do. And I am not that creative either


      • #4
        Depending on how talented/patient a woodworker your fiance is, you can have just about anything you can imagine on a trunk you build yourself. My hubby and I designed one with wheels at the bottom end on one side so it would be portable and not so heavy to pick up. (It never got built, though, because my tack room situation changed for the better!) You really don't have to be that creative to come up with a well designed very custom trunk for far less than one you would buy. Something to consider when you are planning--wood gets heavy very quickly. Try to balance sturdiness vs. weight--i.e. you may not need to cut the side panels from 3/4 inch plywood; 1/2 inch is probably fine. Good luck!


        • #5
          Thanks for posting this OP! I'm in the process of getting my dad to build one right now. Does anyone have pictures, dimensions, and comments about their trunk? I've looked all over the internet, but I still don't know what dimensions to make mine(I need it big, but not unmanageable for two strong men to carry!).


          • #6
            I built one a few years ago using the same dimensions as one of my McGuinns trunks. I used rosewood from a lumber yard that carried exotic wood and ended up ordering all my hardware from Phoenix West. Its not too heavy and the spring loaded handles make it pretty easy to move. Quality wood will make it a little easier and hardware designed for tack trunks will hold up better.


            • #7
              My dad built me one according to my plans:

              It didn't turn out perfect, because my dad is not a horse person and kind of changed things around a wee bit to what he thought would work better (sigh), but overall it's great. One thing he did that works really well is though it's big and clunky and heavy, he attached it (screwed on) to an upright dolly with handles, so I just have to tilt it back and I can move it easily. I wanted him to just put in a fold-down saddle rack, but he saw pictures of some big fancy trunks and built me a big permanent rack instead--kind of annoying when I don't need to keep my saddle in it, but it does look nice. Also, my mother, who's clueless in general, stapled some nets inside the door like I wanted, except that they're ginormous and drag on the ground and so I can't put anything in them until I figure out how to tighten them. LOL... it's the thought that counts! Once I modify it a bit it's going to be perfect. Another cool thing that my trunk has is the flip-up lid so I can put saddle pads in the top. Saddle pad storage was my biggest issue...
              "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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              • #8
                I wanted to add too--my dad just used cheaper wood, and painted/stained it. Still looks nice to me...
                "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                Graphite/Pastel Portraits


                • #9
                  lovein' it sarahandsam..im jealous...i have a hand me down tack trunk that i am trying to livin up better myself..other then needing new hard ware and some staining .its a pretty good trunk considering..im going to add a few features to it as well.like a bandage keeper and something for my bridles.its quite big and heavy..but i figure if i put some good sturdy coasters on the bottom which i can get at a local hardware store.i will be rolling along soon enough.

                  other then this i haven't built my own trunk..thought about it but first of all don't really have talented wood work skills and i didn't have extra pocket money to build one from ground up.