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Fritz's leatherwork thread

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David in MN:
Awesome stuff! I did leather work back in the Boy Scouts and I always loved it. And how dare you make me want to do it again? I don't have the time for the things I already make!  :sarcasm:

It really gets me thinking about making custom ammo carriers. I've never had a mag holster I really liked (competition models don't EDC) and all revolver ammo carriers are either competition redicullousness or straight garbage.

Also makes me want to make a custom toolbelt. Asmuch as I love my ratty old well loved tool belt they're either built for carpentry or masonry and not fine woodworking. And don't get me started on the craptacular aprons marketed to us. Just imagine a belt with slots made for a caliper, chisels, marking knife, 9mm, block plane, etc.

I'm in a tailspin. I want in. Could you post some resources for leather and tools? Maybe some recommendations? I already have wood, lag bolts, and wing nuts. I'm curious to learn more. I think it's been 30 years...

fritz_monroe:
Between work, school and other hobbies, everything I do is computer related.  I decided that I needed something that was not plugged in.  I was looking around YouTube a bit and wanted a pocket organizer, I decided to see what I could do.


--- Quote from: Redman on February 21, 2019, 03:23:48 AM ---Cool. Are you using lacing or a hand sewing awl? I'm not sure what I see in the pics. Just curious.

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Hand stitching.  Just playing with saddle stitching right now.


--- Quote from: David in MN on February 21, 2019, 09:31:09 AM ---Awesome stuff! I did leather work back in the Boy Scouts and I always loved it. And how dare you make me want to do it again? I don't have the time for the things I already make!  :sarcasm:

I'm in a tailspin. I want in. Could you post some resources for leather and tools? Maybe some recommendations? I already have wood, lag bolts, and wing nuts. I'm curious to learn more. I think it's been 30 years...

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Loved doing this back in the Boy Scouts too.  I got the majority of my stuff from Tandy Leather.  All the info has been from YouTube and from Leatherworker.net.

As a heads up, Tandy has a military appreciation thing.  Any veterans are able to get it.  It gives you the "elite" pricing.  It's a huge price cut.

fritz_monroe:
The thread that I'm using is nylon so I burn the end when done stitching.  So I decided to make a case for the lighter.  I found that eyelets are a PITA to put in.  I was going to decorate it with a basketweave stamp, but I need more practice with them before I use them on a project.

I think that my stitching has improved a little.


fritz_monroe:
Can koozie tonight.  I learned that the pattern I have is for a thinner leather.  Using the leather I like using, it requires about 3mm added to each size.  I also learned that my 4mm stitching chisels are too close together for this type of project.  I would like to see the cross of the stitches better.

David in MN:

--- Quote from: fritz_monroe on February 21, 2019, 02:31:42 PM ---As a heads up, Tandy has a military appreciation thing.  Any veterans are able to get it.  It gives you the "elite" pricing.  It's a huge price cut.

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Oh cool. Maybe I can talk my brother in law into this. He's an Afghan vet and we perpetually have "projects". Between the twwo of us there's an Army mechanic, a woodworker, welder, mason, etc. Also think my 8 year old nephews would love the experience. Seems like a good family learning idea when we're rained in. Or, being honest, anything that gets our asses in the shop. And as memory serves he owes me one... or I owe him one... or somewhere in the middle.  ;)

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