Groomer Cabinet

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Project by unisaw2 posted 02-11-2013 08:53 PM 2947 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a portable cabinet to carry horse grooming equipment from the barn to horse shows. The box must be rugged, and will be exposed to outdoor conditions. It gets thrown in and out of horse trailers so it has to stand up to abuse. It has ropes with hooks to hang from stall bars when grooming the horses. It looks like a “horse briefcase”!

It is constructed of Red oak wood recycled from bookshelves.
The carcase wood is planed to 5/8” thick, with Dovetailed sides to top & bottom. Drawer is 3/8” thick sides, mitered with splines, 3/16” plywood bottom.
Hardware consists of ball latches keep top and bottom lids closed, standard butt hinges and a Leather lid handle.
Net weight is 29 lbs.

It is finished with gel stain and 3 coats of spar varnish.

Overall I like the look. Piano hinges would be better. (hinge screws will probably pull out)
Battens are glued to face – may come loose with extreme humidity changes.
Too heavy – need to build out of ligher wood like pine.
I am going to add another drawer on top, another shelf in the middle, and chains to hold up bottom lid as a shelf.

Other photos:
Glue up:

Drawer with miters and splines:

Thanks for looking.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 09:28 PM

Nice case. I like it.

And really nice photos too.

Oh, and I want to spend time in that shop,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 09:58 PM

Bringin’ a touch of style to the stalls. Good work.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 12:06 AM

Well done, I made some tack boxes or trunks, which I didn’t even know what they were when asked to make them. Nice work and great looking shop to boot!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 12:31 AM

I like this. I’m always using a couple of old buckets for our grooming supplies. May I borrow your design??


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 12:44 AM

Hi Jack,

Yes you can borrow the design. I am going to make some changes to the cabinet in the next couple of days. It needs more drawers, another shelf, and chains to hold up the bottom door. I’ll post them when I’m done.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 12:51 PM

I like it! I’m not too sure the horse peeking out of the stall in photo 2 is so impressed though :-)

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 01:29 PM


I told him that it was his new briefcase for work, and that I spent a lot of time on it. He just looked at me and proceeded to try and eat it through the bars. ;-)

Measured humidity is at 80%
Temperture is around 50°

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 02:23 PM

A nice hold-all grooming box. I like the windows in your shop also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 03:36 PM

Really great idea. I haven’t shown in years, but this is really nice. One suggestion I have to make, somewhat reluctantly. I might include a hasp for a lock and maybe use a loop of chain in addition to, or instead of, rope such that the ends of the chain could be locked inside the case. Things this nice or its contents have a tendency to walk away, wish it wasn’t so.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 03:50 PM

Fantastic work. Even your photos are excellent.

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 01:29 PM

I really like this box it is very beutiful! May i please get the dimensions if it please of it is no trouble?

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#12 posted 02-13-2013 02:41 PM

I really like your design, It’s a beautiful case. I don’t have horses, but I was thinking it would make a great portable router and router bit case with only a few minor modifications. Would you mind if I borrowed your design for that?

-- It's GOOD to be King-Mel Brooks

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#13 posted 02-13-2013 04:54 PM

Thanks for all the great comments.
Added a shelf, another drawer, and chains to keep the bottom door/shelf up.
Still needs a way to lock it up and better side handles. I am going to make two more.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#14 posted 02-13-2013 05:10 PM

That grooming box looks great and is very practical. BTW, that’s a great looking shop that you have.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 02-13-2013 05:51 PM

Thanks Charles. Hopefully the boxes will also be durable as well as practical. Yes the shop is wonderful and has evolved over many years to fix our needs. The shop layout is designed around cleaning and loading the trucks for the next days work. Its great in bad weather.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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