I have always wanted to have a dedicated wall rack to hold all of my saddle pads, so I decided to build one, and I am so happy with the results!
It was pretty simple to build, and the total cost to make this was about $18.00, not too bad for a custom made wall rack to hold about 15 different saddle pads!
The rack I made is for English saddle pads, but if you wanted to hold heavier and longer western saddle pads, you can, you will just need to make the 2 x 2's longer to accommodate the longer pad.
To build this saddle pad rack you will need:
1" x 4" x 48" long piece of wood
2" x 2" x 24" long pieces of wood (I have used 5 pieces on this rack)
3" decking screws
Wood glue, or gorilla glue
To begin, cut the wood pieces the length you need them to be. Then sand everything really smooth. The smoother it is, the better your finished product will be, and the smooth wood will prevent your saddle pads from picking up splinters, or snagging.
Once the wood is cut and sanded, measure on the 1 x 4 how far apart you want your saddle pads to set. I measured mine about 10". This allows me to stack multiple pads, but you could put the rungs closer together if you only want to put one pad on each rung.
After you have measured off where you will put the rungs for the pads, drill holes in the center of your markings. Also pre-drill, or start the screws in the center of each 2x2, it makes it easier to connect the rungs to the backing board.
Now you will want to secure the 1 x 4 to your table, so when you attach the 2x2 it will be stable. This is really important once you get to about the third rung, as you can see in my video, it gets a little top heavy!
After you have all of the rungs attached, allow them to dry, and then put in an extra screw into the back of each rung. This will make it stronger. Go slow so your wood does not split, otherwise you will have to start all over.
Now you get to paint (or stain) your saddle pad rack. I chose to use high gloss black paint, to match my bridle rack, which you can watch me make here:
Doing the spray paint is simple, and fast, but staining the rack would be really nice too.
Once your saddle pad rack has dried, you can hang it up, and use it!
A very simple and inexpensive saddle pad rack you can make yourself to customize your tack room, and keep your saddle pads dry and organized in your tack room.
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