Good tack room equipment should save space, protect your valuable tack and create a neat impression that reflects positively on you as a horse person. Many tack rooms are pressed for space, but each bridle, halter and saddle should have its own space. A saddle-cleaning rack is handy too, and almost essential for keeping tack clean.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Straight edge
- One 2x6 board, 4 feet long
- One 2x4, 8 feet long
- One 1x4, 4 feet long
Label the 4-foot 2x6 as "A." This piece will be attached to the wall with screws when the rack is finished, as described below in Construction, Step 6.
Cut one 42-inch piece from the 2x4. Mark as "B."
Make two diagonals cut at the top of "B." First measure in from the top corner width-wise 1 3/4 inches. Next, measure from the same corner down lengthwise 2 inches. Connect the two tick marks to create a diagonal line. Make the same measurements on the opposite top corner of the board. Cut along the diagonal lines.
Cut a 43-inch piece from the 2x4. Mark as "C." This is the brace.
Cut a 45-degree angle on the bottom of "C."
Cut two 24-inch pieces from the 1x4. Mark as "D." This is the top of the saddle rack where the saddle will sit.
Center "B" over "A" and flush to the bottom. Screw "B" to "A."
Place one "D" on top of the right angle of "B" against "A." Screw "D" into "B."
Place the second "D" on top of the left angle of "B" against "A." Screw "D" into "B."
Screw "C" into "B" 4 inches from the bottom of "B."
Screw "C" into both "D's" 3 inches from the end of "D."
Choose the proper location and height for your saddle rack to be mounted to the tack room wall. Use six screws to securely attach the rack to the wall. Place them at the top right and left of piece "A," the bottom right and left of "A" and 24 inches from the bottom of "A" on the right and left. The screws must go into a stud in the wall so they have something to "bite" into.
Tips and warnings
- Wear goggles when working with power tools.
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