SADDLEMAKING TOOLS - CHECKOFF LIST!
Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:02 PM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:51 AM
I would contact J Watt at Ranch2Arena.com for some hammers, edgers, ect. Bob Douglas for a stitching awl, he also has a great selection of old tools. Ron's tools also carries a great selection of edgers. I have found that ebay is a great place to find old tools, but I would recommend you know what you are looking for, because sometime they go for more used than new.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 09:05 AM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:25 AM
Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:54 AM
Home made draw down stand
Homemade stitching horse or saddlers clams
boot knife with good steel for keeping sharp
short pointed boot knife for trimming in tight corners, bleed knots etc
Leather strop or various grit emery boards
racer for gouging stitch grooves (can be home made)
roll of hemp thread (can roll any sized thread your heart desires)
round knife or head knife (buy the best you can afford) used to cut/skive and can be used to cut straps if no draw knife/plough guage is available
a few edge tools
wad punches of various sizes
cutting out bench (made to suit your height)
screw driver set (el cheapo hardware bargain bin)
various sized awl blades find wooden things that feel good in the hand to you then tap in the awl blade. The locking hafts are not essential.
Various bones from the butcher (free) to make slickers/burnishers. Throw them outside away from the dogs and the house to let the ants clean out the flesh.
broken glass for shaving leather edges smooth
mallet/maul. mallets can be had from the hardware store
shoe hammer (antique/second hand store) you know the old box of tools in the corner from deceased estate actions
side cutters/various pliers/multi grips from hardware
slot/crew/bag punches can be done away with by making 2 round punch holes and cutting between (not ideal but at a push can be done)
copper rivets and setter
lump of old railway track (handy anvil) and various lumps of old iron. The bases from old fashioned steel irons are good.
various seat/scratch awls (home made with the grinder and old screw drivers (for drawing up leathers tight
nippers (distract your farrier)
saddlers hammer can be home made with a good handle or strong dowl and then get some steel rod, heat up one end and then flatten. Attach the rod to the wooden handle with a metal band
If you crease strapping then you can cut slots of varius widths into the ends of your knife handles or peices of wood to make creaser grooves
egg eyed needles
dyes/burnishing goops (all home made) eg PVA glue disolved in a jar of warm water or boiling bark to get the tannins out (DO not do this in the kitchen or within 2 days of wife entering the house. The stink will outlast religion.
I'd go surfing ebay and rummage around garage sales. You will be surprised what you can tun into a leather tool with a little imagination.
As said this list is off the top of my head. I could probably cull the list if I was going to make it a BARE BONES list and I would definately add to make life easy. As you can see lots can be scrounged from elsewhere.
Forgot the coffee pot and beer fridge.
don't forget a straight edge/steel rule and sometimes it is handy to have a tape measure attached to the bench (pester the sewing machine mechanic or store for one of those advertising adhesive tapes they stick on sewing machine tables and stick it to the bench
Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:13 AM
Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:33 AM
The white item on the left is a hard plastic. It is actually a parachute packing stick.
I then have a smooth hardwood rub stick
next is my lignum vitae smasher/masher/bouncer. I have even heard them referred to as a pompey. You can get them in aluminium
Then I have a bone folder which is handy for getting into slick inside a tight radius. In front I have a hardwood burnishing stick. I also have a metal one that I can heat to melt in beeswax.
The bouncer can be substituted with a smooth door knob. Lots of items that are hard and smooth can be utilised. Things like a hardwood dining chair armrest with an approximate curve as a saddle seat can be used if it is smooth and has no abrupt edges. I also use a rolling pin. Not a crap one from the 99 cent store but a decent quality one. Then you could make yourself a glass slicker. Alternatively use plexiglass or lexan. Make sure all edges you use on the leather are smooth and polished.
Edited by barra, 25 March 2009 - 02:42 AM.
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