Wife's custom horse tack Armoire

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Project by meyer138 posted 05-10-2015 05:20 PM 1800 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks!

So this was my first real woodworking project I completed in March. The horse tack armoire was requested by my wife after I made several workbenches for the garage. At the time, she believed a cordless drill and a miter saw was sufficient…ha!

I knew I had a passion for woodworking with lots of ideas, but zero experience. I began talking to one of my co-workers who remembered his neighbor was a retired high school woodshop teacher and had a shop behind his house. We were introduced and he accepted to help with my project stating he was rounding third base and needed to pass on some of his knowledge. I later learned he apprenticed under Sam Maloof for several years after showing me some furniture in his house that Maloof made.

Over the next several months, I spent a few hours a week in his shop while we completed the armoire. During that time, I was taught how to properly use numerous shop tools. He let me do most of the work while guiding me through the process. It made me realize how enjoyable this hobby could be, so I joined the local WW guild even if I am the youngest by at least 25 years! I am also setting up my own shop in the garage so I can work on my own projects…..Of course the wife’s projects will have to come first….

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 07:05 PM

Very impressive! For being your first woodworking project, it will be exciting to see what comes next.

-- Hank, Aalesund, Norway

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 07:53 PM

Thanks Hank! Yah, it would not have turned out well if I didn’t have my buddy guiding me through each step.

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 08:33 PM

Apsolutely outstanding project. I like different storage options here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 09:49 PM

Nice work, looks way better than my first real project did and what an opportunity to find such a great teacher!

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Kevin May

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 11:13 PM

Very nice. No doubt that building projects like that for your wife will provide all the reasons you will need to tool up your shop.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#6 posted 05-11-2015 01:43 AM

That’s a nice set up. Your lucky to have a willing mentor. Those are getting fewer by the day, cherish him and learn.

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#7 posted 05-11-2015 03:02 AM

Would love to see it full of tack. What are the shelves with cutouts on the left side for? Regarding your last sentence in the post, good priority setting! That priority has served me well for 28 years of marriage.

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#8 posted 05-11-2015 04:18 AM

SawdustTX – Changed one of the pictures to show the tack. :) The cutouts are for the leg polo wraps and bell boots. Apparenty you need a lot of these for training and shows. For the project I used 3/4, 1/2 baltic birch for the shell and drawers. I used poplar for the drawer fronts and 1/4 edge banding. I also dressed up a few areas with walnut including the outside handles.

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#9 posted 05-11-2015 04:59 AM

Nice. Thank You!

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#10 posted 05-11-2015 11:12 AM

Nicely done coming out of the gate. Love the way it looks closed up with the hinges.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 05-11-2015 11:31 AM

What an amazing project, most especially as a first! Well done. You’re very lucky to have a mentor like that willing to share his wealth of knowledge.

Nice work,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#12 posted 05-11-2015 12:41 PM

Wow! 1) Beautiful, simple functional piece. I’m really a big fan of clean and simple and this piece really appeals to me. Very nicely done. 2) ... And probably more importantly, looks like you hit the jackpot as far as finding a mentor / teacher. Totally jealous.

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#13 posted 05-11-2015 02:50 PM

Very nice well designed plan

-- dale

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#14 posted 05-11-2015 04:30 PM

Very nice. My nephew is a cowboy. He raises and works boarding horses. He also works the cattle drive in the stock yards in downtown Forth Worth and works the livestock at the stock shows. He has a couple nice saddles. This would be something he’d like a lot.

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