It’s been quite a while since I have had a chance to devote some time to completing the tack trunk but I finally found a few spare minutes this weekend and have just about completed all the woodworking and it’s now time to start adding the finishing.
The last hurdle that I needed to solve was how to support the lid. It’s heavy, especially when you add the Bandage/Polo wrap holder. I found these shock absorber lifts for a very respectable price at Rockler and decided to give them a try.
The struts worked well for the tack trunk application helping to lift the lid into it’s open position and hold it there securely. It takes a little effort to force the lid to close so I wont be worrying about it closing on anyone’s fingers.
I added a gas strut to each side of the trunk, made sure that the strut didn’t interfere with either the sliding tray or the closing of the lid. I needed to add a 2″x3″ block in each corner of the lid to mount the strut. Here’s a shot of the assembled support.
Next it’s on to staining and varnishing …. Stay tuned.