Step-by-step horseshoe bridle (or coat) rack
No welding or fancy tools required
I started stockpiling old horseshoes after seeing them featured in some amazing projects. As always I wasn’t short on inspiration when it comes to creatively reuse them, but most of the ideas involved cutting, bending, and welding the shoes – unfortunately, I don’t have those skills just yet.
While I do have a few handy welders in my life that could’ve helped me out I wasn’t really up for calling in a favor. So after getting stuck on my own stubbornness, I dreamt up this horseshoe bridle rack (or coat rack if you prefer) that requires no welding, bending, or cutting horseshoes.
DIY (no weld) horseshoe bridle rack
1. Gather supplies & tools
The materials are somewhat flexible so they can be sourced from a few different places making it very doable even if you don’t have all the perfect pieces handy. The only tools I used where a miter saw, a power drill, tape measure, and a hammer. And because it’s somewhat rustic it’s very forgiving if you get a little casual on measuring.
You will also need…
- Four horseshoes (you can make it with more or less if you want)
- A rustic board -width and length can vary between 8″-12″ wide by 40″-60″ long (if you don’t have weathered boards you can can stain or whitewash a new board for a more chic look)
- A log or fence post with a diameter close to the width of your horseshoes (mine were around 5″) – if you don’t have access to a log or don’t want to have to do any cutting you can buy wood slices here
- Tung oil for treating the wood
- Sand paper
- 2.5″ trim screws and 1.5″ nails (the nails must be small enough to fit in the nail holes of the shoes)
*Note: This project does not require a dog but it is helpful to have one on hand.
2. Layout your shoes and cut the board to desired length
I chose to place my horseshoes 6″ apart from each other so there was enough room to hang bigger items on the rack without over crowding. I also left and extra six inches on each end of the board cause those knotty parts were too pretty to cut off. Making my back board about 54″ long.
3. Cut four slices off the log (or buy them off of Amazon)
Next you’re going to cut four slices off the log or fence post. These slices will get mounted to the back board then the shoes will be attached to the front of them. You can choose how thick to make the slices based on how much you want the horseshoes to stick out – I made mine thick enough to hold webbed nylon halter and lead rope. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a really gorgeous stripped log that my brother had left over from building his house. If you don’t want to have cut up a log these pre-sliced ones have nice wood grain to them and should be close to the right size for the shoes to fit on top of.
4. Sand and oil all the wood pieces
Lightly sanding off rough spots is a good idea even if you want it to stay looking rustic. I used 100 grit sand paper followed by 220 grit just to take off any slivers that could scratch my bridles. Then I treated all the pieces with Tung oil. I chose to use Tung oil instead of polyurethaning so it would stay looking rich and soft rather than have a shiny wet look. It also brings out all the wood grain and character really well.
5. Screw down the wood slices
When attaching the wood slices to the board you want to be sure your screws end up being hidden by the horseshoes so placing them close to the edge is a good idea. Just make sure you pre-drill them so you don’t split the wood.
6. Nail on the horseshoes
The last step is to nail the shoes to the log slices. I used ring shanked nails for a little extra staying power incase the shoes get over loaded or pulled on. My log varied in size and shape so I had to be sure that I lined up the nail holes in the shoes with the widest parts of each slice so there was a sturdy bit to nail into.
Hang it up and admire your handy work!
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Ps. If anyone wants to have a stunning custom made horseshoe bridle rack but doesn’t want to have to make one, you’re in luck. I’m selling this one shoot me a message if you’re interested in it.