How to Make a Wood Saddle Rack

A good saddle rack, made of wood, can make an attractive alternative to the metal tube rack that are sold at feed stores and horse tack suppliers.

Steps

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    Measure the length of the saddle for which you are making the rack.
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    Using 2"x12" boards, cut two boards the length of the saddle for the top.
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    Cut two more boards for the height of the rack you would like to make it.
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    Cut these two boards on one end at about 30 degrees to angle the top boards so that the saddle may rest comfortably. It should work out about right if you cut an angle about three inches lower on the edges. Each board should look like a point.
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    Nail or screw these two standing boards to the top two boards.
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    Cut a board using the length of the saddle minus twice the width of the board for the center support. (i.e., if the saddle length is 30", cut the center support board 27". Since 2x4s are actually 1-1/2 inches wide; twice is 3 inches; therefore, subtract 3" from 30".)
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    Nail or screw the support board between the two standing boards.
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    Cut two more boards the width of the saddle rack.
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    Nail or screw these two boards on the bottom of the standing boards.
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    Stand the rack upright.
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    Rest your saddle blanket on the stand.
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    Rest your saddle on the blanket.

Tips

  • It is best to measure your saddle before building the rack, so the saddle will fit well and the rack will help it maintain its shape.
  • If you have a Western saddle, the rack will need to be broader and taller.
  • Old water bed boards work well for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • Nails or screws
  • Hammer or screw gun
  • 2"x12" boards
  • Saw
  • Safety goggles

Article Info

Categories: Tack (Saddles and Bridles)