How I built a horseshoe winerack
My name is Laura, I am a novice metalworker. I’ve only been in a welding lab a handful of times, and even so, this project was simple, unintimidating and a ton of fun to make! But the best part? All I needed to create this one-of-a-kind wine rack was a Forney Easy Weld 140 MP, and some horseshoes! When I say this thing is easy to make, I mean it.
Let’s get started!
What you’ll need
- 7 horseshoes. These can be new, rusted, or somewhere in between depending on what look you’re going for
- The Forney Easy Weld 140 MP multi-process welder
- Personal protective equipment (welding jacket, ADF welding helmet, welding gloves, safety goggles)
Pro Tip: Make sure the angle of the horseshoes tilt up slightly. This will balance your wine bottles so they don’t fall out.
For the next step, I began to tack weld each horseshoe together at the joint. I used my Forney Easy Weld 140 MP for this portion, and it worked like a dream.
Then, I laid one of the remaining horseshoes down to act as the base of my wine rack. I then took the three tack-welded horseshoes, and held them against the base. Using a magnet for this step helped me keep them still.
Once they were nice and sturdy, I laid some tack welds to attach the horseshoes to the base.
PRO TIP: Just like I suggested in step one, make sure you’ve tilted the angle of the horseshoes up slightly so the wine stays securely in place when in use.
From there it was simple. I repeated steps one through three, keeping a close eye on the alignment of each side to make sure they’re even. Again, using a magnet for this step helped me get them perfectly in place.
PRO TIP: If you want to go a step further, use a level to ensure they are aligned exactly.
Next it was time to test the strength of the weld! For this step I used some extra metal to make sure it was sturdy and level. Then that’s it! Time for the finishing touches.
3. That’s all there is to it! You now have a functional wine rack, and bragging rights because you made this puppy with your bare hands.
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