First off, thanks to KA-BAR USMC and Croatoan for their inspiration behind this project. As soon as I purchased a pack basket from Frost River, not only to accompany my Timber Cruiser Jr. but also to carry solo on many occasions, I knew the harness system that came with the basket needed a personal touch.
Here is how it looked right out of the box from Frost River:
Since I was going to put my own spin on the harness, I decided to customize the color and finish of the basket as well. A few coats of miniwax wood finish, and finished with several applications of satin polyurethane.
I intentionally left the stain sit a bit longer on the rim of the basket just to set it apart a bit, and was pleased with the outcome:
It was then time to address the harness…10 oz veggie tanned leather would fit the bill nicely and should stand the rigors that woods carry will bring. I have a gentleman that sells me longer scraps for a very reasonable price. These longer pieces are great for sheaths, belts, and other projects that may require a bit of length. So after a call to him, I had just what I needed and ordered the hardware:
Having CAD definitely is an invaluable tool for projects like this. I can print out templates to scale and simply cut out and trace on the leather, as well as have a very specific location for punched areas and holes: