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New wood fitted to the ear and ready for carving.

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It's OK the horse is upside down. Shows the ear re-carved.

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No one gets out alive!

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The ear 'stitched' in place.

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It's not every day you see one of these top of the range horses striped down. This picture shows the 'thick end' of the wedge, which goes through to the other side of the neck. It is this that tilts the head and gives the horse its playful appearance. I've pencilled the joint lines in, so that you can recognise the wedge.

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An example of injecting glue into a joint. Notice how the glue has seeped out around the tenon as intended, but also out if the glue line of the lower body block.

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The BIG coach screws.

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Sanding

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Sanding

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Still sanding.

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Sanding complete! He wants to play!

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Levelling the area where the pillars sit. This was necessary due to 'cupping' of the cross pieces.

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Showing old and new spigots.

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Drilling the new spigot holes. Notice the car jack underneath. This is necessary when drilling with the table swung out of the way...or the drilling machine would simply lift off the ground when attempting to drill.

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Usually I would drill all four spigot holes, then fit the spigots. However, as this stand is so large and difficult to handle, I thought it better to fit each spigot in turn as its hole was prepared. The two top ones were fitted and left overnight, so that they could be trimmed level, allowing the stand to be inverted and the lower spigot holes drilled.

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The stand top had to be planed and sanded to bring it level and true. The two spirit levels also act as winding sticks.

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Long wedge shaped fillets were prepared to fill shrinkage gaps.

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Finished

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