Saddle Racks From Old Stalls

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Project by gfadvm posted 09-14-2013 02:39 PM 2352 views 6 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy bought 2 of my tall folding chairs and wanted a pair of saddle racks to display 2 very old family saddles in their living room. These are made from old growth Doug Fir that were stalls in my dad’s barn for over 50 years.

They are33 1/2” tall at the front, 30 1/2” tall at the back, 25” long. Feet are 15” wide. The front and back uprights are 7” wide.

Sprayed with Spar Urethane.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 02:47 PM

The stands came out great!
They will go a long way to allow the featured saddles to tell their story, while having a story of their own!!!
These will surely be treasured for years to come.

Well done!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 02:55 PM

Modest and very nice. Great job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 02:58 PM

I agree. They do look really good, and nicely finished. They’ll show off the saddles very well.
With a slight alteration, I can also see these being popular as blanket racks for bedrooms.
Nice job.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 03:00 PM

Very nice, Andy. And +1 to Randy’s apt comments.

-- 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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#5 posted 09-14-2013 03:01 PM

I really like that saddle, reminds me of my father’s saddle, and those saddle stands are a great match for the
saddle. Strong enough, and looking like they have been there as long as the saddles. Wonderful work.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 03:11 PM

A tribute to the old and new! Educated a born in the city boy too! LOL! LOOKIN Good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 03:41 PM

I like ‘em. Great job.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 03:43 PM

Simple but elegant—nice job.

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

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#9 posted 09-14-2013 03:53 PM

Very nicely done and I like the fact that wood and saddles have a history that the owner can appreciate .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 09-14-2013 04:03 PM

a perfect match andy
both compliment each other

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 09-14-2013 04:09 PM

Nice way to display the saddle’s without distracting the viewer.
Good job.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#12 posted 09-14-2013 04:52 PM

Andy, these look great. I was wondering what you ended up deciding on with the saddles. Love the wood grain and finish. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 09-14-2013 05:16 PM

Andy I remember you posting about this in forums nice results

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#14 posted 09-14-2013 05:25 PM

Great stands Andy; now for the crowning touch you could personalize them by using your saber/scroll saw and put their brand on the end panels … or have them bring you one of their branding irons and burn it in …. just a thought.
Wonderful reuse of a rare old growth wood … thanks for not putting it on the burn pile … :)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 09-14-2013 05:38 PM

Very nice Andy – great solution for a unique living room addition…...good to see you back in the shop also… your old TS was getting hungry…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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