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Forum topic by pizn posted 09-16-2014 10:45 PM 1457 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2014 10:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak ash

So I’m thinking about building a horse tack trunk for my wife and I purchased a set of plans from Kyserike Kraftsman for $12 because it was cheap and the trunk he built looked amazing. In the plans he recommends Oak plywood and Oak boards for the chest. He doesn’t give a cut list but I figured it out to be around $230 in just lumber for the project using home depot pricing. I’m wondering if there is something else I can use that might be close but cheaper. I finally found a hardwood dealer that’s about a 35 min drive away and they have a good selection of hardwoods. Even buying skip planed red oak from them would save me probably $40 or so off the cost. I’m just wondering if I could use something like Ash or something else that might save me a little more money.

The trunk would be kept in a barn so it would be exposed to some of the elements but not rain or snow directly, just a lot of temperature fluctuations and possibly insects. I have no problem using heavy heavy spar poly on whatever gets used.

Any thoughts?

Much appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 12:18 AM

How about eastern red cedar? Here is one I made.

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 12:37 AM

If you are comfortable with a rustic look, maybe you could find some interesting material in old pallets?

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 01:54 AM

How about eastern red cedar? Here is one I made.

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I was actually thinking about Cedar but I was curious what to do about the plywood portions. Should I use red oak or Birch and stain it?


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#4 posted 09-17-2014 02:12 AM

I would just glue up panels for the plywood portions and go with southern yellow pine. It ages really well and it’s dirt cheap!

Edit: this trunk is after all for tossing tack into and pulling out of the trunk! When I used to rodeo, we just had a section of the barn to hang up all of our tack to let it thoroughly dry after use.

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#5 posted 09-20-2014 11:35 PM

Here is one I made of yellow pine. Not much cheaper than Cedar though.

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 01:40 AM

Cypress is reasonably priced as well, and very resistant to the out of doors.

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