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Project by shoutingpickel posted 07-23-2013 07:16 AM 7617 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is actually my second project. The first project was the same thing but about a foot and a half taller. I made this one so my wife could put her saddle in the car with all the tack and brushes and things she needs. I know I know its completely unfinished. I admit it is very crude and not up to the standards of everything else that is posted on here. Cut me some slack I am a beginner. It is made completely out of 3/4” ply. Actually it is made out of what was left of the sheet of ply I made the first one with. I did take the time to round over the edges of the slats. Since I don’t have a router I did it with the dremal and router base attachment pictured above. It did a pretty decent job considering its a dremal.


1’ 6” Tall

2’ long

just over 1’ wide

Tools used to make this project were as follows:

-Dewalt battery powered circular saw

-Dewalt jigsaw

-Dewalt drill with forsner bit (to cut the handles)

-Dremal with router base attachment

Jocks, please critique my work. Any and all advice and suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated. Always looking for some constructive criticism

Thanks for giving it a look.

-- Pickel

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 11:12 AM

Nice saddle rack…great job…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 04:38 PM

Nice job, but where’s the horn on that second photo? ;-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 07-23-2013 05:49 PM

HillbillyShooter, Yeah I feel you. I asked my wife the same question. At least now she uses the Australian saddle. She was using a straight english saddle which was even more like riding a polished up piece of leather I was going to slide off of every time I got on.

-- Pickel

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 11:09 PM

Welcome aboard LumberJocks. Looks like a great first project. Quite useful for those that ride. If the wife likes it that is the main thing.

Look forward to seeing more projects. In regards to your latest blog, watch out that bug can bite a lot. :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 02:43 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Mr. Pickel , the saddle rack looks very functional and it should serve well over the years to come! You have indicated that feedback would be appreciated so I will offer some advice for what it’s worth! This piece is obviously meant for some utility work with transportation in mind and that would be a perfect opportunity to learn and practice some basic wood working joinery . And although mechanical fasteners are exceptable , it has been my most pleasurable experience in wood working to learn and use different joinery techniques in projects over the years. The saddle rack would definitely benefit from some sort of joinery that would add strength and stability in its use ! You would be amazed just how much stronger your saddle rack would be with just basic joinery and modern glue ! Once again welcome to the club and keep posting them projects, hope to see more! Rob

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 03:34 AM

If you are happy with it score 1 for you. However if your wife is happy with it score 10 for you.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 09:13 PM

Rob Thanks for the feedback. I have actually been bouncing some ideas around in the old brain space for a rack that is more eye appealing. I havent decided if I wanna do some dove tail joints or maybe some threw tennon joints. Ive seen a few pics around that I like. I guess we will see. Again thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming.

-- Pickel

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 09:39 PM

Very nice job.
Maybe oak on the next one, and a single, wide dove tail on the ends of the slats would look swell. Then, small through dovetails on the bottom sides.
And, remember that each new project deserves…no, REQUIRES... a new tool….or two.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 08-12-2013 08:14 AM

Ah Shouting Pickel ….so you are a horse?

A very talented one too!

Hee haw!!

-- Regards Rob

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