Oak Tack Trunk

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Project by Clay Robinson posted 01-11-2012 07:24 PM 3244 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t know what a tack trunk was until I was asked to build this one. Turns out to be a glorified box for all your horse “stuff.” Anyhow, i built this one out of red oak, trimmed with walnut, and lined with cedar. I carved the inlays with hand gouges and a dremel and filled them with colored epoxy.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 08:53 PM

Nice work Clay Those horses never had it so good.

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 12:41 AM

Unique, stylish, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 12:45 AM

I love the way you’ve trimmed this box. I hope you have some nice “horse stuff” to go in it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 05:18 AM

Nice inlay work, nice construction, beautiful interior, You have some really classy craftsmanship in this piece. Undoubtedly the horse owner is thrilled. (and I’m just a little envious of your inlay skills)

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#5 posted 08-05-2012 03:24 AM

How did you carve that inlay – it is beautiful. I plan to make one of these soon for a friend’s daughter – Her name starts with “e” – i have never inlaid in my life. Maybe it’s time to practice…

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 01:27 PM

The inlay is easy – just takes a steady hand. I initially transferred the pattern with carbon paper. Then I carved out the pattern with a dremel tool set in its router base. The bit I used was a very small dental bit that I got from you guessed it – my dentist. The inlay itself is colored epoxy. I just dabbed it in, let it dry, and sanded it flush. The poly I used to finish the piece brought back the luster to the epoxy – it dulls when sanded. Like I said, easy peezy!

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