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Forum topic by revz posted 09-09-2009 02:09 AM 1588 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2009 02:09 AM

Hello all.

I think this is a great site and have already learned quite a bit. I would like to post a question.
I will be making tack box for my daughter who has been riding english equestrian. I am planning on building her a tack box for her shows. Does anyone have any thoughts regarding what type of wood would be best? I have made furniture with cherry and walnut, but that was when I had a very generous man in my church give me all the wood I wanted. Now I have to front the bill, and let’s just say, I had no idea how much it costs. I am considering hardwood plywood (which I have no experience using) or birch. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 09-09-2009 02:49 AM

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 02:52 AM

Thank you Dan.

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 03:20 AM

I used to be involved extensively in the horse show industry and our tack boxes were either laminated with high density plastic or metal sheeting. Decent plywood with a moisture resistant finish would work but they take a beating.

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 06:03 AM

My experience in showing livestock, although it’s been many years, is the box just needs to fit the tack you need for the show and be light. You still have to move the box and tack. I think v-groove or wainscoting panels would make a handsome box as long as the corners are wrapped. That is the first place to take a good ding or chip, not to mention snag a passerbys boot or clothing.
I would roughly estimate an English saddle, bridle, helmet, curries, bucket, blanket, some misc gear should fit in an organized box of say 2 1/2 or 3 feet by 4 feet by about 3 feet tall. Always figure a little extra space and don’t forget a small slider tray on top for small stuff and some gear can have special hangers on the inside of the lid. Combs, brushes, hoof pick, etc.
Hope the shows go well. My girls are just starting to ride. Hope they settle on western or trail for reasons that don’t matter on this topic. Good luck, BTKS

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#5 posted 09-20-2009 09:16 AM

My daughter rode English for 5 years. Most of the trunks I saw were plywood interiors with a laminate exterior panel. Most of the trunks were big enough to keep cleaning supplies, wraps, harnesses, boots, and other supplies. Saddles were packed separately. Plan on lots of abuse.
I decided to make my tack trunk from solid oak, used shorts from the woodworking shop. Lumber cost was about $50.

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