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Simple Saddle Rack

Fully assembled rack

Here's how to build an inexpensive, collapsible, removable, even portable saddle rack using a few simple materials. Your local hardware store should have the supplies, or you may already have them at home.

 

Materials:

 

  • 4" x 4" x 21" wood post or a 5" x 21" round post
  • 3/8" x 3 ½" screw eye
  • 3/8" x 4" J-hook
  • 2  1½" #8 wood screws, round or pan head
  • A piece of carpet 10" x 21"
  • 12 upholstery or carpet tacks, or heavy staples 

 

Tools:

 

·        Hammer

·        Chisel

·        Screwdriver

·        Drill, plus 1/4" and 1/8" bits 

 

Assembling:

Mounting the J-hook

 

Make sure your piece of wood is clean and free of splinters and has nice square ends. I like using a 4" x 4" post for my rack, because the saddle has less chance of sliding off, but you can make this rack using a round post instead. If you are using a 4" x 4" post, you may want to chisel the corner off the end of the post to allow the bolt to be mounted flat on the corner. Next take your J-hook, lay it on the chiseled edge, and mount it so its rounded end is 1 to 1 ½ inches from the end of the post (this allows for the screw eye). Now cover your post with the piece of carpet and fasten on the underside using the tacks or staples.  If you have a small piece of carpet left, fasten it to the end of the rack that will rest against the wall; this will prevent it from scuffing the wall. Now drill a pilot hole for your screw eye into a secure location on the wall that is at a comfortable height for your saddle. Make sure the screw eye is mounted into a stud or post; the rack with a saddle on it can exert a lot of pressure on the screw eye so you don't want it to fall or rip a hole in your wall. Screw in the screw eye until the eye is almost flush with the wall, adjusting it in or out to level the rack. Turn the eye so that it is about 20-30 degrees from the horizontal to allow the rack to hang in both the up and down positions easily. Just give the rack a twist to let it flop down or to put it back up. You can mount screw eyes elsewhere and move your rack from place to place.

Angle of the screw eye.

 

You can expand upon this simple design to make it a bit fancier. Here are some suggestions: mount a wood plaque on the wall for the screw eye to go through; mount a name tag on the end of the rack to identify the horse or person that the saddle belongs to; for children, use a smaller piece of wood such as a 2" x 3" for a lighter rack (lighter hardware too); instead of a solid post use finished boards or slats between two solid ends.


 

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