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  • Birthday 01/21/1934

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    Anything I can do with my hands and mind

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  1. I think you will find that most folks/men in particular won't give you the correct measurement. lol There are guides for determining the length of belts on-line. I think if you punch the question into Google you will find what you need. You should measure the guys personally or have them remove their belt so you can measure it. Ferg
  2. Chinese Patcher VS Juki 273

    Only my opinion..... You don't need a patcher. You need a Cylinder Arm machine that either has a removable table or would be easy to make one. Probably looking at $1500 up for the Cylinder machine depending on what thickness you really intend to sew. Ferg
  3. Steel Rule Bender For Sale

    All steel rule is presharpened. Access my post from yesterday for a company that has many types. There are other companies of course, this just happens to be who I use. Ferg
  4. Steel Rule Bender For Sale

    I have access to what is commonly called multiple solid ply Plywood. Apple Ply is one brand name. Steel Rule companies sell backer board that I am sure is perfect, I just happen to have this material available and have no problems with it. You have to remember, I have a large two head CNC Router that I write my own software to make whatever comes to mind. I use router bits that are made to coincide precisely with the different thicknesses of Rule. Steel Rule has to be installed in a backer of some kind. What we call CLICKER DIES are thick steel compared to Steel Rule and they are welded with stiffeners and a variety of other fastenings to ensure they stay true. The router bit depth of cut is set to a precise depth for Steel Rule Dies. The Rule is driven into that groove, that is what holds it true. All joints are welded. I use a wire feed welder. I modified a "Hydraulic Shop Press" from what the original was when I bought it. I use Air-Over-Hydraulic 20 Ton jack in my configuration. If you would happen to have a finger under the unit when it comes down to cut, I am afraid you would have to pick up the piece and sew it back on! LOL To answer your question, Yes I still make my own dies. All of this type of equipment is very expensive. My wife almost flipped out when I told her how much a manually operated bender cost new! I promptly told her I had bought a used one for $300. Ferg
  5. Steel Rule Bender For Sale

    I don't have the link. I just tried to find them with a quick search and find them no more. I questioned them on the shipping cost and got a bunch of "gobble-dee-goop". Decided the best way to approach for someone only wishing to make them for yourself, finding used equipment in good shape was the best way. I got a bender for $300. It had some rust on it which I cleaned up, tore it down and greased well. It works like new. I bought new or refurbished dies, still very expensive, for what I wanted to do. High learning curve, total exasperation at times, but fun to do. The next hardest thing is welding that relatively thin metal. I use #2 rule. Easiest to work with and holds up well. Bought my new product at Ameriken. Communicate with Ann Marie at: AnnMarie@AmeriKen.com> Great Lady to work with. Ferg
  6. Logo/Website/Business Card Design

    Jon, Daughter told me she is so busy with other accounts she wouldn't be able to help you. Sorry! Ferg
  7. Logo/Website/Business Card Design

    Jon, My daughter is a professional designer. She does this kind of work all the time. I have contacted her to see if she is interested in giving you a quote. Will get back to you if her answer is yes. Ferg
  8. Teresa, You can have a two inch circle die made for less than $100. You could cut hundreds of your pieces without more than a touchup on the edge. I make my own Steel Rule Dies but that is another matter. An arbor press will do the job but you need at least a two ton. Your arm will get pretty tired so plan on doing this as you need them. A square piece of steel at least 3/8" in thickness and about one quarter inch larger than your circle. The steel would be square. That gives you more surface area than the ram that comes with the press. Plan on cutting just one thickness at a time. Easier and makes all of them accurate. Also: There are numerous other avenues to take with this if your business warrants that in the future. Ferg
  9. Greetings from Norway

    Yvonne, I have always said,"If I owned horses, your little guys would be the ticket." Thank you for the photos and welcome to the forum. I am sure there are many folks on here that make just what you are looking for. You will get lots of help. Ferg
  10. Swivel Knives

    First off....Strop the blade for about five minutes. lol Also, did you temper your piece of leather properly? Some of those blades aren't too bad but quite often need sharpening before stropping. I prefer metal. If you have the funds, buy an American Made professional swivel knife, it will be cheaper in the long run. Ferg
  11. Looking for a patch machine

    I have a Singer Patcher 29-4 for sale. If interested we can work on pricing. Ferg
  12. Impressions on Buffalo Leather

    Nice impression Mike. I love Buffalo as well as Baby Buffalo. Ferg
  13. I use the Velcro with adhesive already on the back side of both pieces. I cut the strips 3" long, they are 3/4" wide. I have actually removed the Velcro after some weeks from the leather as well as the plastic case. Mostly to see what damage was done to either which was very little. Ferg
  14. I get the plastic cases to fit whatever phone. Use velcro to attach the plastic to the leather inside. Never moves and you can take the phone out anytime you wish and snap it back in. My leather case has a partial "Wrap-Around" with a snap. Leather case protects the entire phone when closed, everything accessible when open. Ferg
  15. This is strictly an observation. I don't like the end of a strap "hanging" from a fixture. They get caught on everything plus I feel they look unfinished. A clever leather loop with some little decorative flourish will hold that strap better. Ferg