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Assembling a Saddle Stand

shipped to you flat

The pieces will be sent to you with letters written on the pieces... the matching letters go together... A next to A, B next to B, etc., so that the letters are hidden once the pieces are together. The stand will have been assembled before it is taken apart for shipping, so you should use the existing screw holes. Be sure to match the letters even though some pieces are similar and appear that they could go multiple ways.

The screws I normally use can be driven with either a Phillips screwdriver (#2 size, the most common size), or with a square driver (#2, sometimes called a Robertson driver). If you need to get a driver, try the square drive - they are great!

If you ordered a stand with semi-hidden "pocket" screws, the assembly is similar, except the screws are on the under side, in less visible locations. See the alternate instructions and pictures.

The easiest work surface I have found is a board between two sawhorses. A chair may be too low, a table may be too high, but there is no magic requirement - whatever you find convenient. I assembled one stand using a large plastic trash can as my workbench.

I usually start with the one or two screws holding the bottom cross brace to the back legs, letting the brace hang below the back while the screws are installed.

Then I attach the spine using a couple screws into the triangular brace. A small nail may help you be sure the holes are aligned before you put in the screw - or to keep the "other end" aligned while you put in the first screw.

Once the spine and the brace are installed on the back legs, it will be stiff enough to lay on the back legs with the spine and brace pointing up so you can attach the front legs. I have done this working alone many times, but you may want a helper to balance the front while you put in the screws. I find the nail to align the holes a big help here, too.

The saddle stand can now be set on it's feet to install the two side boards that constitute the seat. Aligning the holes isn't easy, so I put one screw in until it just sticks through the first board a little bit (see the circle at the left) and can be moved into the hole. I use a small nail (see the circle on the right) to keep the other end aligned. You may want to use the nail trick to be sure the third and fourth screw holes are aligned, since the legs often twist a little bit until these screws are in place.

Breaking news... I have found it easier to start with the third and fourth screws, using the nail trick, then finish with the two screws in the picture.

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