How to Make a Tack Box

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How to Make a Tack Box

Originally used to cart around the tack and hammers needed to shoe horses, the tack box is now a functional, portable container used for containing a wide variety of items, from tacks and nails to tools to magazines and even toys. A tack box, also known as an open-top toolbox, is easily made.

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Things you need

  • Two 11" x 8" wood sheets, ½" thick
  • Three 8" x 18" wood sheets, half an inch thick
  • Carpenter's square tool
  • Power saw
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, ½" in diameter
  • Dowel rod, ½" in diameter and 17" in length
  • Screw gun
  • Screws
  • Sand paper
  • Paint or varnish
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Use the carpenter's square tool, pencil, and power saw to measure and cut the boards according to the dimensions specified in the needed materials list, above. With the carpenter's square, measure and cut the two 11" long pieces so that they are tipped with an isosceles triangle, and match the sketch in diagram one. These odd-shaped pieces create the end pieces of your tack box.

  2. 2

    Screw together two of the 18" pieces to create a 90-degree angle. Upon completion of this you will have created the bottom and one side of the tack box. Screw the remaining 18" piece to one of the open edges to create a second 90-degree angle and form the second side of the tack box.

  3. 3

    Screw the misshapen pentagon pieces (the pieces that are square on one end and triangular on the other) to the ends of the form created in the previous step. Screw the end pieces on so that the triangular pieces stand upright, above the open end of the form created in the previous step. Now your tack box should resemble the sketch in diagram two.

  4. 4

    Slide the dowel rod down between the tips of the triangles. The fit should be snug and will require some fiddling to get the dowel even, level, and approximately an inch below the peak of each triangle. Once the dowel rod is in place, secure it with the screws.

  5. 5

    Sand all surfaces of the tack box; remove all rough spots and splintering areas. Use a tacky cloth to remove dust from the tack box before painting or varnishing. Allow the paint or varnish to dry before attempting to use the tack box for holding any types of items.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint and decorate the outside of the box to make it fit your needs. For a rustic-looking tack box, try using old, weathered boards. You may choose to skip painting and varnishing if you intend to use the tack box for heavy-duty applications and do not care about the outer appearance.

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