Putting It All Together
|The fork and cantle have previously been temporarily attached to the bars with one screw on each corner.
Now they need to be permanently attached to the bars.
|After checking that everything is still square, Titebond II glue is used between the pieces of the tree.|
|Four or five holes, depending on the fork style, are drilled and countersunk on each side of the fork||and the fork is screwed on.|
|The cantle is attached in the same manner||with three screws each side.|
|Then the hole for the cantle thong is drilled at the front corner of the cantle.||A gouge is used to make a slot on the bottom of the bar for the end of the cantle thong to attach in.|
|The seat blend is completed by sanding with a sanding disc now that the cantle is permanently attached.||And other finishing touches are done.|
|Many measurements, both common and uncommon,
|and recorded. The tree is again measured in the rawhide once it is dry.|
|Auto body filler is used to fill the screw holes||and around metal horns.|
|It is smoothed via rasp||or sanding disc.|
|Finally, three coats of marine varnish are applied||and the tree is ready for rawhiding.|