Red Oak Saddle Stand #1: My first attempt at an oak saddle stand

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Blog entry by Merk posted 01-19-2009 08:34 PM 1367 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I bought my first saddle (for my Cowboy Action Shooting activities) and need a place to put it. So I went out and purchased some 1×3x6 Red Oak from Lowes, for the cross members. I had some 1×12x4 Red Oak already at the house so with those pieces I built a back, a front and cut all my cross member pieces (10 to be exact). Used a counterset on all the screw entry points and used 1×5/8 drywall screws (they bite very well). Today i am working on the stand – I want it to be able to hold my weight as well as the saddle weight (just in case I have to adjust a stirrup before a mounted session). Can’t decide if I want a trestle type middle piece and just standard feet or elaborate feet.

More to follow….

Been a day or so since I worked on the stand. I’ll get some photo’s up this weekend. I started to round the edges of my 1×3’s today (got 6 of 10 completed). Rounding both sides (right and left) but leaving the bottoms straight so it will fit better on the platform. So I have two (front and back) 1×6 pieces that are connected by 10 1×3x24 which stand on 2 1×6x36 with 1×6 feet. It is getting very heavy right now but it sure does look nice. Put the legs on with clamps (2 pieces of 1×6 red oak) and cut some bottoms for them. It really looks nice but I think I cut the 1×3’s too short (oh well – it will make a good starting project and then a good kids saddle tree).

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 12:58 AM

Thos. Angle, a long standing LJ is a saddle maker. Might ask him if you have any questions

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 05:26 AM

photos, need photos!!! Adjust the stirrups on the horse. Get them close on the stand. The angle of the top is 90 degrees as are the bars of the tree. My stands have a 1×10 upright in front and back cut to two 45’s and two 1×10’s nailed on them with a 1×4 across at each end and a side bar length wise.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-23-2009 05:01 AM

I’l get some pics up this weekend

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