A fellow student in my welding class brought in a horseshoe nail steer, that his mom had gotten him, and was going to try to recreate it. Well i had no project at the time, so I decided to try my hand at it. Boy was it hard, i wasted many a nail trying to get the horns just right.
A lot of the pieces you will make are subject to variations. I give this instructable to you just as a general guide, to be fallowed loosely. The measurements are not precise, nor should they be. I encourage you to experiment, and be creative. If you do something different i would like to see it, I have an interest in horseshoe, and horseshoe nail art, and am currently working on a horse.
For this project you will need :
3/32" braze rod, I used flux coated
at least 35 horseshoe nails, I think these are size 16
assorted pliers, needle nose and heavy duty snub nose
a oxyacetylene or oxypropane torch set
a vice (optional, but helpful for making face pieces)
sheet with pieces on it, to help in shaping and cutting pieces, especially laying out body.
surface you can braze on
fire bricks (optional, but help to hold body while putting legs and head on)
Tape (optional, used to help hold body together when brazing)
Partner (optional, but helpful for holding parts like the tail)
Step 1: Setting Up Nails
First I will tell what every part is and where it will go.
You will need 8 nails for the legs, 17 nails for the body, 2 nails for the horns, 2 nails for the center of the face, 2 nails for the eyes, 1 nail for the tail, and 1 nail for the heck
Step 2: Peparing Body
When you tape it, what i do is i get it all set up how i want it then i run one piece across the top, and one down the butt. That way all the nails stay where you put them. You will be able to adjust the position slightly after it is taped.
Now when you have your body shaped and taped set it aside and lets work on the face.
Step 3: The Legs
What I do to make all my legs the same is, I make one. Then after I braze the first leg, I set up my next leg next to the first so they are the same length. Then braze it, and repeat the process with the last 2, making each leg off that first.
You do not want to use a lot of braze, just enough to hold the nails together.
Step 4: The Tail
First you want to bend the nail about 3/4" from the top of the head, up towards the raised side of the head.
Then about 3/4" down towards the tip, from the bend, you want to bend the nail about 90degrees, with another slight bend about 1/4" from the tip.
Step 5: The Neck
Bend the straight part about 1/3 of the way from the head, up about 60degrees
About Half way from last bend to tip, bend nail 90degrees away from head
Step 6: Eyes
For the eyes you want to bend the nail about 3/8" from the tip about 25 degrees towards the flat side of the head. Do that to 2 nails.
Now cut about 1/8" off the tip, of both nails.
After you have bent and cut the nails, set aside with body.
Sorry about the nails on a steel table pictures. When I took these pictures in shop class while building one, it was what i did my work on.
Step 7: Center of Face
Set aside with body and eyes.
Step 8: The Dreaded Horns
First you take a nail and bend it 90degrees, about a third of the nail from the head, so that the point is up and the bump on the nail is up.
Then bend the points part of the nail, just above the first bend, back so that the bumb on the head faces you. This is where a vice is nice.
For the last bend, i just take plies and free form it till it looks good.
Repeat for the other horn but make the second bend in the opposite direction.
Step 9: Putting Together the Face
Braze at the bend on the eyes.
Step 10: Adding Horns and Neck
braze the neck, head of nail with head of nail on the bottom of center of face.
The face is now done.
Step 11: Putting Legs on Body
The front legs go 2-3 nails back from the head of the body, and the back legs go 1 nail from the back of the body.
Step 12: Attaching Head and Tail
The idea is to attach the head at an angle, so it is looking to the side. What i normally do is have someone hold the head with pliers and quickly braze the head at the top.\
For the tail i have someone hold the tail so the point of the nail rests on the highest nail at the back of the body. you have to be careful because you can melt the nail really easily, and you wont realize it happening till it is too late.
Step 13: Sit Back and Admire Your New Creation
You can put it on your dresser, or in a cabinet, or give it as a gift to a loved one, my grandpa got my original.