Cedar Posts & Rails
The base for Buford the Cattle Wrangler is going to feature a cedar post and rail fence for him to rest against. I remembered seeing a nice carving by Lynn Doughty of a cowboy leaning against a fence and kept that backdrop in mind as I pulled this base together.
The entire thing is made out of oak and I intend to stain the base and paint the posts and rails with acrylics. In the centre of the base will be some gravel or sand…I still need to sort that out.
The posts and rails were simply cut out of the same material used for the base and then rounded into shape with a carving knife. I drilled two holes in the base at an angle both to the side and to the back. The ends of the posts were then trimmed back to fit snugly in the drilled holes of the base. Once glued, these posts won’t be moving far.
I also dished the rails and the posts a bit where they meet so that there will be a bit of a saddle where the final glue will adhere the two pieces together. The nail won’t add any strength and is just decorative. I’ll paint the nail head to resemble an old iron nail.
That’s about it for now. I hope everyone has a nice Easter weekend.