I started building trunks over 22 years ago. My wife needed a larger more sturdy constructed trunk
to replace her cheap foot locker. The first was a basic box trunk with a sliding drawer design from
some magazine. Since than I have redesigned the Basic Trunk with new design improvements.
I have built and sold a few on consignment for a tack store, and built Tack Cabinets
for my wife and her friends, to fulfill their equestrian needs.

Some were covered with a plastic Laminate (Formica), others painted, all stained and satin polyurethane inside. Each Cabinet or Trunk is slightly different than the other, and changed designs for rides preferences. Some of the cabinets and trunks pictures below were built by me, others have been made from my plans and purchasers have kindly shared their Trunk pictures with me.

Stable-Management
A Place to Put Stuff
by Jennifer Williams, Ph.D.

Excerpt from September 2007
article on tack equipment.

  Locker Designs
  If you have the skills to build your own lockers but aren’t sure how to create the
  design, well you can purchase tack locker designs on-line. Elite Tack Design
  (www.elitetackdesign.com) offers several different tack locker plans. Bill Tschorn
  of Elite Tack Design started designing tack trunks and lockers over 20 years ago
  when his wife needed a place to store her tack. They now offer different plans
  that cost $42 each and include a list of needed materials and tools, plywood
  layout sheets to help you cut the plywood, and illustrated step-by-step
  instructions. Tschorn, who is a technical illustrator, drafter and graphics artist
  by trade, says, “I have carefully designed and illustrated each manual for the
  average home carpenter. This allows people to construct the cabinet with their
  own personal touch.“

janel-essmam-btp
I've been looking out for a reasonably priced used tack trunk for awhile now with no luck.
(Nice new ones are SO expensive!) My grandfather built me the most awesome trunk based
on your "Basic Tack Plus" design for my birthday/Christmas this year. I thought I'd share some pictures
of the finished product. Everyone at the barn is completely jealous! I'm ecstatic and can't wait for show
season to start to show it off!! Made out of oak plywood, with tin roofing material for the outside.
Built by Don Cogzill. Thanks a million for a great product! Janel Essman

gsc-henrylipps

My dad built this for my daughter Sarah Lipps and I put the finish on. We used bigger wheels because we go to lots of shows and sometimes have to walk quite a ways. I have a brass tag on order with her and Redd's name for the front. Your plans were right on the mark with exact details that made building a breeze. Now we have 2 other Go & Show Caddys, we are finishing for our younger 2. 
Thanks Henry Lipps.



Hi: I just wanted to show off my project. I used your design (Basic Tack Trunk) and it proved to be
extremely helpful. The trunk was a Christmas gift for my girlfriend who attended University of Maryland
and rode on their equestrian team. I loved building it and the gift meant a lot to Veronica.
Happy holidays! - Dale Springer

Hello: My name is Haley Thomson and I'm in Ontario, Canada. I ordered your plans after drooling over
your website for almost two years and was pleasantly surprised at their precise measurements and how they
took you through the entire process step by step so that even someone inexperienced in woodworking
could handle making this box.I also was very appreciative of the materials I was told to use because it
makes the box light but durable. I did make some small additions in that I used 3" inch castors instead of
2" inch because I will be taking this box to shows with me and need it to roll on grass easily, I added the
corner edging for more rigidity and strength, and I added a little hatch door over the small storage space
in the lid in order to keep all of my braiding tools and hoof polish in when I close the lid or move the box.
Thank you so much for the fabulous plans! I will be ordering from you again when I get my own stable.
I'll need a full locker at that point! Hugs and Happy New Year, Haley and Forest!

scottbaker-ttt
Hi Bill: Your plans helped me to make a far better box than I could have on my own.
The wood is all furniture grade red oak, with ML Campbell Conversion varnish as a finish. All the
hardware bolts and name plates are 100% stainless. Only thing I would change if  I made another one
would be, use 3/4" plywood  rather than 1/2". I would highly recommend buying and using your plans,
as just material savings paid for plan cost. Thanks - Scott Baker

C-Wagner
Hi There: Though you might like some photos of our Basic Tack Plus. My boyfriend and Brother in law built it for me.
We asked how did they do the horse logo on the trunk ?
The logo is my logo for my photography business and I took the logo and got it made into a vinyl sticker, and that's how its done! Glad you like it, I think it looks fantastic!
Carrie Wagner


Lauren's Trunk
(Shown)

Basic Tack Trunk owners
Lauren & Elizabeth
Larry Guyer constructed two Basic Tack Trunks for his daughters.
He used Cherry Veneer Plywood and modified the Elite Tack Design plans to include tongue & groove joints.
The four corner posts and trim are made from Quarter-sawn Sycamore.
Larry also made a brush-tote tray that fits on top of the interior hatch lid next to the sliding drawer.


Doug Young constructed this Basic Tack Trunks for his daughter using 1/2" Birch plywood 
with a Rosewood stain. Basic Tack Trunk owner Kira on Ellie Mae. 

Hello:  I thought I would send you some pictures of the box I just finished for my daughter from one of your plans. I modified it to have a pullout saddle rack. I also changed the size of the lower compartments to allow for the lowest shelf to hold a large water bucket. The top shelf on the door was not cut out for polos but left to hold bell boots.
- Nathan Onfrichuk
   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Hi Bill,
My daughter Kelsey and I built her tack box from your plans. We used birch plywood and painted it.  The materials were a Christmas present (from me and her mom) and together we constructed it.  We had a blast
and she loves it.  It turned out great and is the envy of the barn.
- Peter VanderMeer


Bill:  I found the handles; they were buried in a corner of the hardware section at Lowes. Thought you might like these pictures. The trunk is currently sitting on a small mover's dolly tipped under it for ease of movement. I used Baltic birch laminate for the box. The base is yellow poplar. I happen to like the natural 'green' color of yellow poplar so you will see it used throughout. I even trimmed the hatch door edge with it to clean up the edge of the laminate. The upper drawer rails are red oak, as is the trim on the upper edges of the laminate for the box, and the corner trim. The face piece inlay on the top is a maple-walnut-alder-birch pattern. I stained it with a wipe on Honey Maple stain from General Finishes, and used General's Arm-R-Seal wipe-on spar urethane to finish it. Both the trunk and the tack armoire came out to my wife's liking. Cheer! -  Don Hooper


Hi Bill:  Just wanted to share with you some pictures of the tack cabinet we made from your plans.  My daughter has been asking for something like this for a long time, and I wasn't able to find anything (that I could afford) that would suit her purposes, until I found your plans.  It turned out really nice and I wanted to share the pictures.  My husband made it and he is such a perfectionist!  We kept telling him it's going in a barn, but he went all out anyway.  We gave it to my daughter for her 25th birthday and she really likes it, as do everyone else in the barn.  Of course they all ride western, so it wouldn't work for them!  Hope you enjoy the pictures!   - Judy Keener


Dear Bill
I thought that I would send you some pictures of the Tack Cabinet I made for my girlfriend, Ransom Witt, for her birthday ... she had some modifications that she wanted, so I used your Total Tack Cabinet template and made the changes accordingly ...
Your designs were very helpful and I know that she will love this ...
thanks again. Sincerely - Mickey Loftis


Hi Bill:  Thanks for thecompliments of my work. I am a tenant in
Maureen's apartment building and she knows I'm a skilled cabinet maker. So any time she, needs one of a kind masterpiece she calls me. I have built some incredible things for her over the past 8 years that in the normal world would have paid very well. I am just a poor carpenter, who loves woodworking so much, that even if I had millions, I would be in my wood workshop everyday! Since I don't have any work space where I live, most of the trunk was built in my driveway, on saw horses, and concrete ground. Near the end we used Maureen mother's garage to stain, varnish, paint and final assembly. It was also a good place to hide the trunk from Rebecca till Christmas. I got the hardware from ROCKLER.com. Maureen did reimburse me for the hardware, paint, varnish, brushes, sandpaper etc. The wood was free, leftover from my real job projects. It was truly a labor of love, having built my first tack trunk! It wouldn't have been possible without you Bill. Thanks! - Marc Bonner


Hi:  I recently purchased your plans for the Basic Trunk. We were building it for our daughter who shows steers in area fairs, she is a senior and we knew she would only use the box for 2 fairs so we put a little extra work into so when she travels to college she will take it and use it as a hope chest and storage. The plans were very easy to follow even by those with little carpentry skills. As you can see in the photos we added a few details, trim around lid and bottom, wheels and name plates for the animals Janna has shown. Thank you and please display photos and web site for others to see.   -   Sheryl Jo Legg


Hello there:  I just wanted to write to thank you for your fantastic plans. My dad and I built your armoire tack cabinet as a father-daughter project, in honor of my first horse. We are SO pleased with how it turned out. Your plans were easy-to-follow and complete, and we couldn't believe how well everything fit together and how nicely designed the box was. Everyone is incredibly impressed and we are getting many compliments. I'm directing lots of people to your website!  I've attached a couple of pictures of the finished box. It would be wonderful to see them on your website!
 
Thanks again for your fantastic design. We couldn't be happier.
Sincerely, Katie Taylor


Hi!  Wanted to share the pictures of my new Western Tack Cabinet built by a friend and co-worker from Lexington Fire Department (KY) Major Darryl Osborne with the help of FF David Gumm, FF Rick Faulkner and Darryl's son Darrin.  The pictures do not do this cabinet justice- it is absolutely beautiful. I am using it to hold a saddle seat saddle and all my stuff at a boarding facility. Your plans were great and my friends did an incredible job-it is gorgeous and fits my needs perfectly!
(It is too pretty to put in a barn!) -  Carrie Bowling


Hello there!   So I finally finished my tack box, I had ordered the plans from you, and I thought I would send you the final pictures... There's still some saw dust/little wood ships/dust in there (I just finished staining this afternoon!) but I absolutely love it! There a couple of modifications, or I suppose I can call one a  "mishap", but nevertheless, it's awesome!!! My carpenter accidentally attached the trunk lid on the wrong side!  But the difference is negligible, haha... Also we decided for the saddle house roof, instead of putting it on a hinge, we have it  lifting out, because my bridle hook I guess was a little long, so it would've hit the hook, and plus it's actually pretty easy just to have it pulls out! I hope you like and that we did your plan justice!
It was built here in Calgary by D. Parker
Thanks again for all your help! - Heather Love


Dear Bill,   I was delighted to receive your Christmas card last month and I have since then been meaning to drop you a line. In fact, I have been meaning to drop you a line since I completed the tack cabinet based on your plans almost a year ago. I have no woodwork training but I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow, and I had a lot of fun making it. My daughter Heather is delighted with the tack cabinet and it is the envy of all her friends. I cannot tell you how many people have admired it since we put it in the tack room at the stables where her pony lives. Certainly it stands out from the other tack boxes in terms of design and finish. In fact the admiration makes me feel somewhat guilty because whatever about the finish, credit for the design belongs to you.
I had intended to give it a better paint job and had envisioned all kinds of colors and stenciling, but Heather in her impatience to take possession barely allowed me time to lash on a few coats of varnish!  Regards, Frank Henry  -  ( Ireland)


Hello Elite Tack Design: Your web site asks for finished photos of your completed designs. I've attached a photo of a variant of the "Armoire" that my husband built for me. I am an eventer so I have 2 saddles, 3 different bridles and more gear than most "one sport" participants. This version is 11" taller to accomodate the second saddle rack and the doors have been switched. It is stained and then poly-urethaned throughout. -   thanks Judy Labovitz

David Hoff - TC  
Burned plans Bill:  We built ours just like your plans call for and finished with a coat of linseed oil. The oily linseed rag we used to apply finish to the cabinet caught our trash can on fire in the garage, but everyone is safe.  The only thing we did different from your plans was to add a 1/8" sheet of plastic under the tack box area, the area the two milk crates sit and under the bottom drawer.  You will see them in the photos.  I thought that the plastic tack box and plastic milk crates would slide in and out smoother with plastic under them and it will also keep the wood from getting soiled.  We also put parafin on the bottom of the two wooden drawers on the right side so the drawers slide in and out easier. Enjoy, David
NOTE: Elite Tack Design replaced David's burned plans for FREE!

N-Walker
Mr. Jeff Walker, from Colchester, VT. built this Total Tack Trunk for his daughter Nichole.
He says that "all in all it was a great design, and well worth the cost of the plans and was made easier with
the detail of the designs overall. I did however decide to re-enforce the base of the trunk by adding two extra
cross members on the bottom with and extra layer of plywood, feeling that the initial base was not strong enough."

 
Hi there - thought I'd pass along the photos of my finally finished tack
armoire! I made the following slight modifications: built both doors with
the bridle hooks as opposed to polo wrap pockets, made the bottom two
cubby holes large enough to fit a water bucket, lined the four cubby holes
with a thin sheet of acrylic, and had a latch put on the outside bottom to
help keep it closed. The outside was stained and sealed. I love it! 
- Lisa Schuetz

 
Hi Bill:  With patience and double checking (and sometimes triple checking) everything, my tack armoire is complete. I loved your easy to
follow directions and thank you for the email you provided on answers
to my questions. I did do a couple changes. I put handles on the drawers
and saddle house door. I also covered the saddle house with padding and
then black vinyl and attached with hammered brass upholstery tacks.
One of the drawers has a hasp lock on for medication, needles, syringes.
I hung a blanket rack on one side. I also put a latch on the inside of one
door to close and latch separately and a combination bolt on the front. Thank you again!!! - Sarah Dowling

Paige-E
Hi Bill: When we pulled up to the stable at my daughter's college, a gentleman came out to help unload
the tack box off our truck and said in amazement, "Now that's a tack box!" 
Everyone else came over and was commenting on how awesome it is.  We kept hearing comments, that
"I have never seen such a great tack box.".  Several people took out their cell phones and took pictures of it.
It was quite the show stopper.  My daughter chose the color robin's egg blue as she loves the jewelry store Tiffany.
My husband and I were very proud to give our daughter such a wonderful gift. 
Sincerely, Paige Ellwanger - Richmond, VA 

Matt-BTT
Hi: I am 13 years old, and love wood working. I built this trunk last summer for my sister and it
came out great. Here are some pictures of the trunk that I built using your Basic Tack Trunk plans.
Thought you might like to see them. Thanks, Matt McDermott

wschmidt-mail
Hi Bill: Though maybe you
would like to see a picture
of how your plans arrived.

This has never happened before and ETD sent Wes a new set of plans for FREE.


Hi Bill: I used your design with a few changes. I made it 3"
longer in the saddle area. I used u-bolts & pins for the side doors,
latches and chain to hold the lid up.
Thanks for the 2nd set of plans. - Wes Schmidt


Here is a picture of our tack boxes. We modified the design slightly by making
the tack box a little wider. As well, handles were added and a strength bar
added at the handle locations so it strengthened the box when it gets lifted.
We are very happy with the outcome! Thank you for the plans! Darla Mitchell

This early Total Tack Cabinet
was built on consignment.
Made with our "Saddle House" design, with 2 draws and a
plastic crate for storage.
Laminated in green Formica.

This early Basic Tack Trunk
was built on consignment.
Made with a large sliding /
take out draw and personal lid compartment door.
Laminated in black Formica.

I built this Armoire Tack Cabinet for my wife, "Chris".
It's 20 years in use and still strong as the day it was built.
Painted black enamel and ¾" aluminum angle trim.


Armoire Tack Cabinet
by Bill Owen for his
daughter-in-law Trina..

Basic Tack Trunk
by Whit Prophet for
her daughter Rebecca..

Total Tack Trunk
by David Schircliff
for Paige Buckwalter.


Ken Smith built this Basic Tack Trunk
with few custom draws.


Thomas Lade and Tiffany Hart built this simplified version of the Armoire Tack Cabinet.

DColado
Hello Bill:
I recently finished the "Basic Tack Box and today my wife & I delivered it to our daughter.  She was so happy that she cried with joy.  The building experience was very enjoyable.  I am happy with the way it turned out and I compliment you on your excellent instructions which made the build very rewarding.
Best regards, Dennis

Gerald-Buchko
Basic Tack Trunk by Gerald J. Buchko

ATC
This version of our Armoire Tack Cabinet was built by grandpap Richard for his young equestrain granddaughter.



Hi Bill:
I built this Basic Tack Trunk last month for my son's girl friend, Kayla. She is absolutely delighted with it. Your directions were
really great. I laid out the plywood pieces so I could cut across the sheet without stopping, and then trim pieces appropriately. You might suggest to your builders who have always wanted to
buy a nail gun system, that this is the project to act on that urge.
Thanks again for the great design.  Cheers, Van Dittmer

JoeMcMahon
Hi Bill: "I built this Basic Tack Trunk using plywood and hard maple. Before I finished it,
I took the top panel to a laser engraver and he added the horse and my daughter's name.
I went to a specialty hardware store and found the pewter horse heads which I installed for lifting handles.
It was a fun project and my daughter just loves it." - Joe McMahon

JWalker-BTP

Hi: The trunk is all finished ready for my winter season!
We made a few changes to the original plans to make sure it was going to be 100% usable for me, but over all your plans were fantastically easy and simple to follow (even with
constant conversion calculations lol ). Many thanks again
for all your help. Best regards - Joely Walker
(Conversions need because of UK metric system)

dcaverly-dac
Hi Bill: I finished the cabinet. The inside in done with Polyshades Classic Oak and the outside is Polyshades American Chestnut. Thanks much, my daughter loves it.
- Darwin Caverly


BillLiley-BTP
Dear Bill:   The plans were great, everything went together perfectly.
My grand daughter Lilly made a pad for the top and did the color choice, we had fun with it.
Thanks,  Bill Lilley

Chelsea's Tack Trunk Proposal
BHarden-atc
Mr. Tschorn:  Thanks for putting together these plans - I built the cabinet during my time off over the course
of a few weeks and used it as a part of the proposal to my new fiancee. She loved the cabinet,
although momentarily forgot about it when the ring came out. I took a few photos of the during and after.
I had a lot of help from brothers George, Alex, mom & dad Ted and Diane and my friend Kyle.
Thanks again - I think the Go & Show Caddy will be the next project we attempt after the dust settles a bit!
- Bill Harden

SGallant-BTP
Hi Bill: Steve from Milton, Ontario... Got your plans earlier this year and finally got this done
in time for graduation... Had a lot of fun building it and really like your design...
My saddle roof hits against the rear bridle bracket but I am sure that was my fault...
thanks again for the plans... They were well worth the price.  -  Have a great summer - Steve Gallant

ERyan-ttx

Hi Bill: I ordered plans from your site a few months ago and gave them to my dad to build me the tack cabinet! He just finished it for me as a birthday present, and I could not be any happier!
I just wanted to share pictures of the finished product! My dad is a contractor and specializes in kitchens, crown molding, and cabinets. He thought your plans were great! I love the way the tack cabinet came out, and I cannot wait to start using it! I plan on ordering a monogrammed vinyl decal to put on the door.  -  Erica Ryan

gsocks-btp
Hi Bill: I built this for my grandaughter from your plans. Thought you might like to see the pics.
Greg Socks

ScottSmith-btp
Hello Bill: So I finished the Basic Tack Plus trunk just in time for Christmas,
putting the final coats of polyurethane on Christmas morning. You'll see I added
corner molding to cover the exposed edges of the plywood as wall as some "stop" molding
around the edges which really dressed it up.  We are waiting for the name plate to attach to the front.  

I enjoyed building it and my daughter loves it. I've never seen her so excited.  Now I know why
these trunks are so damn expensive to purchase, they're even more expensive to build if you count man hours!
We finished it with a brown stain and many coats of poly leaving the inside natural colored with only 1 coat of poly. 
I may have to order plans for the Go and Show Caddy because this trunk is a monster!  I'd have to have a trailer
for the horse and a trailer for the trunk to take it to shows. - Sincerely Scott Stephenson
Elite Tack Design would like to thank Scott for pointing out a "Callout" error in Basic Tack Plus manual.

ArronSchacht
Hi Bill:  I made this trunk for my 13 yr old daughter Cathryn.  I thought the plans were excellent and it's
the first time I've even taken on a project like this and actually had to buy some of the tools needed
to complete the project. All the hints/tips were excellent and really made for a great experience.
  Aaron Schacht

alexschmidt
Dear Elite Tack Design Team:  I built this Basic Tack Trunk for my daughter's 14th birthday and thanks to
your very detailed and complete instructions, it turned out great (even though I am not really a "wood wiz").
Overall your plans where very complete and easy to understand. I will definitely recommend you to others
that are thinking about building a trunk. I made the handles from the last shoes of my daughter's first horse
before he retired. Adds a personal touch.  -  Best regards:  Alex Schmidt - West Bend, WI

KGrill-BTT
Hi Bill: My husband and my 11 year old daughter built your Basic Tack Trunk.
They added casters on one end so it's easily move around the tack room. 
They had such a good time!  Thank you for super good, easy to follow plans. We love it! - Kristie Gill

LukeWillaims-WTC
Hi Bill: I will be attending Martin Community College Equine program, and was in need of a stand up tack trunk.
The instructors recommended your designs and once I saw them I knew that's what I wanted!
I am more than satisfied with the results!  -  Western Tack Cabinet built by Luke Williams

stevemeyer-ttc
Hi Bill: It took longer than expected, but my wife's 11 year anniversary gift is complete.
She really loves it!  I added the pull out saddle rack and finished drawer pulls and hooks to the original design.
I am pleased. - Thanks Steve Meyer

GaryE-ATC
Hello: I purchased your Armoire Tack Cabinet plan and built it without the Saddle House for my
grandkids who raise and show cattle. After seeing them struggle to keep all their stuff organized at the shows,
I decided to build them something for Christmas. Initially I was intending on designing a cabinet or chest for them,
until I found your website. You saved me a ton of time! I was very pleased with the plans and found it very easy to build.

 I used birch veneered plywood, and intended to paint the exterior green for their Irish heritage, until my daughter threw me
a curveball and asked me to do it in silver. I racked my brain trying to figure out how to do silver without having to spray it. 
I found a Benjamin Moore Molten Metal paint in silver that worked great using a roller. A bit pricey at almost $30 a quart
(needed two) but well worth it. It has a hammered look and is very glossy so it should clean up easily in the barn.
 
Looking forward to building a couple more of your designs in the future.  - Regards. Gary Eichhorst

drasmussen-btp
Bill: Thought you may like to see some pics of the almost finished Basic Tack Plus I am building as per your plans.
Took it "uptown" a little by making it out of cherry and using hand forged fittings.
Should be a great birthday gift for my Daughter-in-law. Thanks for a great design.
Best regards - Don Rasmussen

AlexisVega-ttt
Hi Bill: I asked my boyfriends dad, Frank O'Neill if he could build this box for me. He's a construction worker,
so he has built lots of houses and things but never something like this, but he did a great job and
I absolutely love it! The whole idea was great! - Alexis Vega

MRoccaforta-btt
Hello Bill: Your plans were very helpful to this novice woodworker! My wife just got back into dressage after
25 years and asked me to build her a trunk.  I did a fair amount of research online and your plans were detailed and clear.
I like the light weight of 1/2" ply and used Birch for the face and Poplar/Pine for the trim.  She doesn't need all the wrap bins,
so I made the lid a little larger and strung bungee cord to hold in her helmets and some extra pads. 
She also wants to see what's in the bottom of the trunk so instead of hatch I used a couple removable dowels to hold her caddy.
I had a local sign maker route her initials from an aluminum substrate (Dibond) and used VHB tape to adhere it.
Thanks for the right direction! - Michael Roccaforte

michellekelly-dac
Hi Bill: I wanted to share the finished product. My husband is not a carpenter,
but your plans made it easy to build this Deluxe Armoire Cabinet.  - Thanks Michelle Kelly

rcamble-btt
Hi Bill: I just finished up the Basic Tack Trunk and have attached pictures for you review and use.
Thank you and Merry Christmas! - Robert Campbell

stevenhart-atc
Hi Bill:  I recently completed the Armoire Tack Cabinet.
The doors are beaded vertical grain Douglas Fir with a clear polyurethane finish.
I made the trunk for my daughter and she helped with cutting out all the pieces
while she was home from college on break. She picked out the dark blue color for the exterior.
I attached the continuous hinges to the edge of the doors rather than the face of the cabinet,
so that just the barrel of the hinge shows and not the flaps and fasteners.
This was difficult and took a couple of tries to get it all square, but worthwhile I think.
 Thanks - Steve Hart

dlawerance-btt
Hello Bill: Thanks for the plans. We enjoyed building it for my daughter,
found it rather challenging at times! I can't take much credit,
my dad built most of it as soon as the plans arrived, truth be told.
The only modifications we made was too put on 4 inch caster wheels and we
added an aluminum track for the drawer to slide on, also we bolted the supports that hold up the lid.
Dave Lawrence

kclancy-atc
Hi Bill:  I meant to send you these photos a few months back.
I finished the Armoire Tack Cabinet for my daughter and she is loving the space for all her tack and supplies!!
I used maple for the build and have 5-6 coats of clear on for all that barn dust protection.
Thanks for the wonderful instruction package and prompt service when I needed it.
Cheers, Kip Clancy - Calgary, Alberta.

Elite Tack Design would like to thank Kip for bringing to our attention a Dimensional Typo in our plans.
I can't tell you how many people have seen that page and have not caught that error. Kudo's to Kip.


wooley-btp
Hi Bill:  I used furniture-grade maple plywood with black walnut trim. Maple strips across back
where it will sit against the wall. Three coats of catalyzed varnish. I used inserts and bolts to hold wheels on;
not enough clearance for nuts and ends of bolts sticking out for wheels to swivel. First time
I have run into this problem. Top stays are for boat hatch covers from West Marine. Amazingly study,
safe and there were $20 apiece. I used a piece of 3/4-inch plywood for the base instead of 1/2-inch.
Covered the saddle roof with plastic laminate. Assembly was with nails, staples, 23mm and 18mm pins
(staples and pins are used in place of clamping) along with Titebond II glue.
I use to make furniture and now have access to a cabinet shop with a sliding table saw so cutting up
the plywood was a 20-minute task. Made it for a very good friend to give to his daughter for her birthday.
Have to make another for the other daughter's birthday in August. This one will be made with
cherry veneered plywood with ash or curly maple trim.

Your plans were nice, detailed.  I can see how they are made for someone without significant woodworking skills
so they will be successful in machining and assembling. Took me about 40-hours to make.  - Bub

RichK-wtp
Hi Bill:  Thought you would like to see my version of your Western Tack Plus design.
It was built for my granddaughter Rachel. The plans were extremely well done.
Absolutely no errors in plans. I learned a lot of patience while building,
which I don't normally have. - Rich Koenders

JBouchez-gsc
Hello Bill:  Here is the finished product. Hunter green is the color.
My granddaughter has a show jumping competition tomorrow. She is at a new stable now.
As soon as they finish the tack room she can put it there. For now it's in my shop.
I may tackle the large cabinet this year. Thanks for your assistance and plans. - Jack Bouchez

doncammata-btt
Bill:  I wanted to thank you for the design. I used maple plywood and solids. Very happy with the result.
Plans were very easy to follow. Only hand tools and small table saw were used.
Most valuable tool was a rip jig that I made to help with making perfect square panels.
I will be starting a new project soon!     Best Regards - Don Cammarata

KevFirmin-ttt2
Hello Bill:  I recently purchased and built your "TOTAL TACK TRUNK" and could not be more happy
with the layout and ease of the build. The trunk came out really nice and my daughter is the envy
of the whole entire barn. She has room for pretty much everything she uses.  I used 1/2" cabinet grade
birch plywood and only upgraded the bottom with 3/4" plywood. There is a light stain and spar varnish
on the outside and I added some corner molding to hide the plywood edges.
 
I've added some pictures of the build for you.  Thanks for making a great set of plans available!
Thank you  -  Kev Firmin

JBrooks-dsac

Hi Bill:  We finally got it finished! Took a few weekends here and there.
Thought I would send some feedback. First, we are not woodworking craftsmen. Just dads, a son
and an 11 year old daughter that is excited beyond description to see a bunch of boards turn into a
beautiful tack cabinet that's hers. Since we are not craftsmen, I elected to have a lumber yard make the cuts
for the 3 cut sheets in the book. Pages 1 & 2, I bought AC quality Arauca plywood. Page 3, I bought
CDX quality yellow pine. We were glad we had the lumber yard make the cuts, they were spot on.

We read, reread and read again the instructions front to back. I ended up installing parting bead
under the 50/50 drawers. It wasn't in the instructions but it helped line them up.

Deck stain on the faces, saddle rack, saddle house, drawer fronts and exterior of the cabinet.
3 coats of Spar Urethane over the entire project and an old hasp we found in the garage.
The Brooks family

DanAlbercht-btt
Hi Bill:  Well after many fits and starts I finally got it done.
As previously discussed, I did not make the separate compartment on the inside.
Dan Albrecht - South Burlington Vermont


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