• Building a Stitching Horse

  • I have attached plans for building a very useful tool for repairing your carriage driving harness prior to the competition season.  It is sooo much better to sit down now and repair your harness, than to be out using it and see your favorite horse with carriage in tow, going over the hill, kicking what is left of your harness to pieces.  This handy device holds your carriage harness for you as you repair it.  Sew with good quality linen thread, preferably waxed, and watch that your stitch lines are nice and straight.
    This stitching harness can be used with 2 needles, or with a speedy stitcher, which I prefer.  This is going to be a lot slower than a leather sewing machine, but for the amount of sewing that is required, it will be a lot more economical.  Besides, when repairing your own harness, you get a real good look at the complete harness, see any problems and can repair your own on very short notice.
    A  few wood working tools, ability to follow directions, and a bit of wood working skills will put this handy unit in your tack room for use for years to come.Have fun with this and good luck competing this year.

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    Harness Horse for Carriage Harness Repair

    Things You’ll Need 3 23-inch squares of 3/4-inch thick plywood. 20 feet of 2-by-2-inch boards Tape measure

    1 Draw an hourglass shape on your plywood that is about 3 feet long. The wide ends should be 2 feet wide, which narrows in the middle to a foot long. Cut this shape out of your wood using your saw.

    2 Measure out four 2-by-2 boards that are 2 1/2-feet long. Measure out two boards that are 3 feet long and two more that are 8 inches long. Cut all these boards out and arrange them by size. Sponsored Links Friction Reducing Coating Flake Resistant Stitching Wire Insures Stapling Performance www.carbigraphics.com

    3 Place two of the 2 1/2-foot boards underneath one of the wide ends of your hourglass plywood shape. Position these in a downward shaping V-shape and separate the bottom by about a foot. Screw each piece to the plywood.

    4 Put an 8 inch piece of wood one-quarter of the way up from the bottom of the 2 1/2-foot V-shape and screw it to the boards to hold them together. Repeat this process on the other wide end to create the legs for your stitching horse.

    5 Screw a 3-foot board one-quarter of the way up lengthwise between the front and back legs on one lengthwise side of your stitching horse. Screw the other 3-foot board on the other side of the stitching horse in the same way.

    6 Measure out a piece of plywood that is 1 foot wide and 3 feet long. Cut out this piece of wood. Trace this piece of wood onto another piece of plywood and cut it out.

    7 Pick a board to which you want to add your adjustment strap. Drill a hole through one of the 3-foot plywood boards you just cut out. Widen it to make it large enough to fit the leather strap.

    8 Screw the 3-foot plywood board without the hole in it onto the front of your hourglass plywood shape. Attach it so that it is perpendicular to the board.
    10 Run your leather belt through the hole in the board and pull it downwards on the same side. Wrap it around one of the boards and screw it to the board with your drill and screws. Tighten the belt to open up your stitching horse and loosen it to close it up. Read more: How to Build a Stitching Horse | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_12130091_build-stitching-horse.html#ixzz1pwwJBo5Q

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