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My EPIC tack cabinet project -- complete!

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  • My EPIC tack cabinet project -- complete!

    Other people just aren't appreciating this for it's awesomeness, so I had to share with some people who would really think it was cool!

    My dad, handyman and woodworker extraordinaire, came over last weekend to build me an EPIC TACK CABINET. There was a nice chunk of my garage between the water heater and the door to the house that had a "leaning tower of Pisa" stack of horse stuff. Trunks on the bottom, plastic totes on top of that, blanket bags to top it all off. It was a safety hazard at best!

    So I sketched out a cabinet that would hold all my stuff. The tricky parts were wanting to get two trunks and two saddles in there. We discussed the plan and then he got there and we got started. The plan evolved as we built as we figured out how to do the shelves and the supports.

    And - being the woodworker that he is - he insisted on finishing the thing out with a coat of varnish on the doors, paint on the cabinet, and quarter round along the edges.

    So what I have now instead of the pile of inaccessible crap? A BEAUTIFUL cabinet with two trunks on dollys, space for two saddles, but racks that can come down when I'm only storing one, two full-depth shelves, one half depth shelf, 6 bridle racks, space for additional hooks as necessary, three bucket hooks, a tack cleaning hook, and two HUGE open shelves up above it all.

    I love love love it!!

    Here are some photos of the project:


    I promised that I'd post the photos and tell him how awesome other horse people thought it was. My friends and family are less impressed than I had hoped... :-(

  • #2
    That is truly enviable. Is your dad available for hire?


    • Original Poster

      Well, he DOES requires some amount of food and care.

      On the other hand, though, he doesn't hold a grudge when his daughter accidentally drills a *tiny* hole through his thumbnail with a power drill...


      • #4
        and my husband wonders why we've got sh*t everywhere!!

        I keep saying dude we gotta have storage!

        LUCKY YOU. Great pops!
        Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.


        • #5
          Awesome! I loved watching it fill up. Lol I was just showing mine off last night to some new boarders. Hugs to Dads that can woodwork! Lol
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          Proud owner of "The Intoxicated Moose!"
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          I love my Dublin-ator


          • #6
            Oh, I love it!

            You also just gave me an idea....

            I would love to have a handy dad like yours - very, very awesome! I wouldn't trade my dad for anyone else, but let's just say he was super excited he didn't electrocute himself removing switch plates prior to having his house painted...
            Originally posted by Silverbridge
            If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


            • #7
              That's awesome! (and impressive!!)
              Originally posted by rustbreeches
              [George Morris] doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis


              • #8
                Jealous! I wouldn't have enough to fill such a cabinet, but my horse stuff seems to expand to fill every bin I buy to contain it...


                • #9
                  I love the dad shadow in the first photo.

                  You are inspiring my summer project!
                  A helmet saved my life.

                  2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!


                  • #10
                    Very nice work.

                    It looks like you need another stash spot since one tack box was evicted and a big tote put in its place.
                    Never enough tack stash spots in the world.


                    • Original Poster

                      Yeah, that's the Stanley trunk. It evicted the other trunk that is supposed to be at the barn.

                      (And yes, that means that I have three trunks -- but at one time in my life it made sense...I think...)


                      • #12
                        Love it! One of my Christmas presents from DH is to get my tack box refinished and adapted a bit. Unfortunately, a few other emergence projects have stalled it, so it's still kinda in pieces: something about water in the house and my car running being more important? LOL Congrats on a weekend job well done!
                        "Radar, the man's ex-cavalry: if he sees four flies having a meeting, he knows they're talking about a horse!" Cptn. BJ Hunnicutt, M*A*S*H Season 4, Episode "Dear Mildred"


                        • #13
                          Awesome! I want a couple of those in my barn!
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                          • #14
                            Your dad is awesome!
                            "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

                            Amy's Stuff - Rustic chic and country linens and decor
                            Support my mom! She's gotta finance her retirement horse somehow.


                            • #15
                              It's very impressive! Kudos to your dad! You are a lucky daughter!
                              I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                              • #16
                                WOW! That is lovely!


                                • #17
                                  That is really freakin' awesome. What a great dad and a fantastic way to make use of a somewhat awkard space! Well done to both of you!
                                  "I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance, none of the dystopian novels I read prepared me for this but cool."


                                  • #18
                                    I have something similar in my barn, very nice!
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                                    • #19
                                      That is awesome!!!!! OMG I love it!!!


                                      • #20
                                        Your dad rocks. That is VERY cool!
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