The frame has now been stained and all but the top tier polished (the top tier will be hidden beneath the upholstery).
The hinges provided me with a brief headache: The countersinking looked like it was for #2 or #3 screws which would be too small for this application, so I set about making the countersinking deeper which is when I hit a problem. On the first hinge to be modified, the smallest diameter countersink I own came close to fouling the knuckle before the countersinking was deep enough for a #5 screw head, so I had to grind the countersink down to a smaller diameter until it cleared the knuckle. The hinges were then numbered, filed and buffed before being aged in the Bucket of Wrath for a few hours.
I filed the heads of the #5 x 1/2″ slotted steel screws before lightly rusting them, then I screwed the three frames and two ‘horses’ together. The base and first tier were then waxed and buffed.
The next step is to tackle the upholstery which shouldn’t take long to complete – assuming the gimp arrives some day soon!