so my wife wanted something decent to rack her saddle on and challenged me to make something for as little money as possible. this design requires one 12x8 or 12x10 one inch thickness board, and three 3x8 one inch boards plus some screws, a robe hook, a saw, even a hand saw, drill and bits and optionally some stain/varnish
Step 1: Decisions about design
look at this frame- decide if you want a shelf below the center support, if you do then buy a 10 foot board, if you want it exactly like mine, get the 8 footer. you can salvage the wood for the top from pallets as i did or buy the three 3 inch boards. the shelf is a later addition and has proven good for holding brushes and the center support works great to rack the common green tool trays we all have around the barn.
Step 2: Cutting the ends
saw the 12 incher into three pieces- two that are 36 inches and the remainder. if you want the shelf then saw that remainder into two equal lengths. these will become the ends and center support/shelf.
now mark the exact center of the end pieces and run a line all the way down
remember that "12 inch" is NOT the actual measurement so adjust the mark as needed.
ever notice that a two by four is not 2x4- same thing
Step 3: Cut the top slats
cutting down your 8 foot 3 inch wide board to 32 inches will yield 9 slats. of course using pallet pieces is cheaper but trim them down as needed.
Step 4: Tombstone the top
lay a slat along the centerline of the end piece and use it as a guide to mark a 45 on either side of it, allow 3/4 inch wiggle room on either side. stack the two ends and cut out the tombstone shape-this will ensure they match even if you do the 45's by eye.