So, hubby has had some horseshoes and railroad spikes sitting around in the shop for quite some time now (as is the case with MANY of the parts and pieces in the shop! 😉 ). But I’m sure we will eventually find some use for a lot of it… Or at least that is what I keep telling myself each time I come to stare at the masses of pieces and parts in our garage AND in the shop! But I force my OCD-tendencies aside and try to focus on my projects! Well, this time we actually did find a use for some of those pieces and parts – the horseshoes and railroad spikes! Yay!
If you read my recent posts, you’ll know I created a Father’s Day card out of wood for Hubs and for my dad and my dad-in-law, you can see that project here. Hubs decided we should create something else for our dads so we didn’t just have the wooden card to give as gifts.
He had seen coat racks made out of horseshoes before, but that would require cutting some horseshoes in half to make the hook portion of the rack. We didn’t have enough horseshoes for that. But, in those massive amounts of pieces and parts, hubby was somehow able to locate some railroad spikes that we could use for a hook (I don’t know how he does it, but somehow Hubs is almost always able to find what he is looking for in all that chaos – I guess the saying is true that some people have a method to their madness! But don’t tell Hubs I said that…) Anyhow, here is what we came up with:
We made one coat/hat rack for each dad. Here are the instructions for each coat rack:
DIY Horseshoe Coat Rack Instructions:
|1||1″ x 6″ @ 6′ or 1″ x 12″ @ 4′|
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||Chop Saw||Drill/Driver||Kreg Jig (if using 1×6 boards)|
|Mig Welder||Railroad Spikes (3)||Horseshoes (3)||3/4″ wood screw|
|1 1/4″ pocket hole screws (if using 1×6 boards)||Wood Glue (if using 1×6 boards)||Spray Paint||Wood Stain|
First, cut the board(s) to length. I was using boards we had on hand and we only had 1×6 boards, so I cut two 1×6 boards at 18″ each (if using a 1×12 board, you can cut one board to 18″ in length). If using 1×6 boards, you’ll need to use a Kreg Jig to drill three 3/4″ pocket holes into the long side of one of the boards. Then, using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, attach the two boards together.
Next, I sanded the boards until all sides were nice and smooth. Since we were making two coat/hat racks, I wanted a cleaner style look to the one for my dad and Hubs wanted a more rustic look for his dad. For the rack for my dad, I stained the board with Minwax Dark Walnut stain.
For the board for Hubs’ dad, Hubby first took a large chain to the board to give it that old, rustic, dented look.
We then used Minwax Gray stain on the board and then added some streaks of Ash stain to give it a few darker streaks.
While the boards dried, Hubs began preparing the horseshoes and railroad spikes.
First, hubs used a Milwaukee Chop Saw to cut the railroad spikes in half (he discarded the pointed end and kept the half with the wide end).
Then, using his MIG welder, hubs welded the railroad spike onto the bottom curved section of the horseshoe:
Once a railroad spike was welded to each horseshoe, hubs drilled two holes in each horseshoe so we could fit a screw through it to attach them to the wood board. He used his drill press to drill a small hole that was just wide enough for the 3/4″ length screws we were using. He then used a larger drill bit to slightly countersink the hole so the screw would sit flush with the horseshoe. (If purchasing horseshoes from a craft vendor – such as those listed in the supply link above, the the horseshoe may already have holes drilled, in which case you can skip this step).
Once the holes were drilled, we spray painted the horseshoe/railroad spikes. For the rack for my dad (with the Dark Walnut wood), I wanted a silver or brushed Nickel color. I had on hand Brushed Nickel spray paint from Rustoleum, so I used that on the three horseshoe/railroad spikes. For Hubs’ dad’s rack (with the gray stain), we used glossy black spray paint.
Once the paint was dry, we used the 3/4″ screws to attach the horseshoes to the boards, spacing them evenly apart.
Once we had them attached, I realized the horseshoe perfectly resembled the symbol for my dad’s favorite football team, the Indianapolis Colts (he was born in Indiana). So, to make my dad’s coat/hat rack a little extra special, I decided to add “Indianapolis Colts” onto his hat/coat rack.
I went on to Google Images and found the lettering for the Colts and printed it out on my laser printer. I also printed out a couple small versions of the horseshoes that represent the team. I then cut out the lettering and taped it to the location on the board where I wanted it to be.
Using a pen, I then traced over the lettering, pressing hard enough that the tracing would indent into the wood.
Once the wording was traced into the wood, I used white and blue paint pens to fill in the lettering.
And here are the happy dads holding up their completed coat racks:
Hubs and I were able to complete these horseshoe racks very quickly. We started the project on a Friday evening and then finished them the following morning (we let the paint on the horseshoes dry overnight). These make a great gift for men or women and if you have access to a welder or someone who has a welder, it is a pretty simple project to make!