Work all the slack out of the knot, so the cradle loops are as tight as possible and pull it tight. I usually use a pair of pliers to pull up the working ends, so that knot really
Here is the exact same knot, but seen again in the original orientation, from outside and above:
Before you trim off
the working ends, give your creation a test:
- Take a 1m length of 4-5mm rope and feed it through the loops either side of the knot as if you were lacing a vertical through those loops.
- Tie the ends of the temporary rope securely together, so you have a loop.
- Put the ring upside down on the floor.
- Use a strong piece of dowel, broom handle, large wrench or similar and put it through the loop.
- Stand with your feet on the ring either side of the knot (as close to the knot as possible) and pull up on the wrench with all your might. This applies the same tension to the knot as you will eventually apply when you tighten the verticals.
- Pray that the knot will hold.
- Open bottle of champagne when you learn that it does hold...
Finally, trim off
the working ends as close as possible to the knot and melt them to stop any fraying.
I've done about six djembes and a set of dunduns with this knot so far, and not one has ever given way, so I'm quite confident that the bugs are out of it
PS: I haven't gotten around to reskinning that djembe yet, so the pictures for how to tie off
on the bottom ring will have to wait a few more days...