Tonight I was able to complete the grooming tote for the tack trunk that I’m building for my daughter Chelsea. I spent the last couple of days completing the design of the tote, making a material list and cutlist, purchasing the material, cutting the parts to size, creating the joinery, and assembling the tote. It seems a little larger than I expected but I think it will work well.
I used 1/2″ oak plywood for the base, 1/2″ oak hardwood for the long sides, tall sides, and the long compartment divider, and 1/4″ oak stock for the small compartment dividers. The handle is a 7/8″ oak dowel. I decided on rabbit and dado joinery to strengthen the assembly and used only only waterproof Titebond III glue (no screws, nails, or brads).
The next step in the tack trunk project is the removable wrap holder. I still have some work to do on cleaning up the design for the wrap holder that I need to complete before I start putting more wood to the table saw blade.
I’m creating woodworking plans for the grooming tote and the wrap holder separate from the tack trunk that you will be able to purchase and download from the website. I hope to have those available by mid June. Stay tuned !