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  1. shoulder rig

    I have used pig skin for a lot of lining. It's thin it is tough and it dies well
  2. Stamping causing leather to misshape

    I use clear heavy duty shipping tape on the back, works great.
  3. Sewing machine

    I had a Boss for 3 years and used it quite a bit. The happiest day of my life was the day I sold it.
  4. Bob Beard Never Answers His Phone

    there is no longer a catalog on his web site either, and hasn't been for some time. I don't know how anyone ever gets any of his tools, I quit trying.
  5. Putting rivets in middle of seam

    the tool you are looking for is called a creaser. they are made in different sizes that determine the spacing of the line from the edge.
  6. made this one from plywood, used the mags wrapped in a ziplock and another plywood under. squeezed it together with c clamps and a long jaw vise grip for the middle
  7. contact individual Tandy stores with that stock number. If the store had it on hand when it was discontinued chances are they still have it. My local Tandy store has searched other store inventories for me several times and found discontinued items. I have always gotten these at discounted prices because they want to clear them from inventory
  8. Acrylic paints. When?

    exactly. wipe it on and wipe it off
  9. pistol display carving

    I did this carving from Al Stohlmans How To Make Holsters. The display case is for an old Colt that is credited to an actual gunfighter. The cardboard gun was replaced with the real gun, and the blank space to the right in the case is where a document of authentication from Colt firearms was placed. Unfortunately I did this for a gunsmith who was a go between for the owner and I wasn't allowed to know any details or photograph the finished product.
  10. Acrylic paints. When?

    after the acrylic paint is completely dry ,I like to use a small amount of Tandys Gel antiques before I seal coat, it really makes the details pop. the only paint color I have had a problem with is white. If I seal the white with Super Shene first it works fine.
  11. How do I use a pattern?

    An overstitch wheel (stitching spacer) works well
  12. Vintage Tandy leather kits

    some folks apply a light coat of oil before casing. the only time I apply before casing, is when the old leather is very dry and needs a little rehab. In either case you must be very careful to not over do it, it is easy to use too much. I like to apply a light coat, and give it at least 24 hours to soak in. If it needs more I repeat the process until it feels right. experience is the teacher for this process. Too little oil is better than too much because once it is in the leather it is in there.
  13. Vintage Tandy leather kits

    i tooled out a bunch of those old kits in years past. It was cheap practice leather. If there is no mold or mildew the musty smell will usually go away when they are exposed to air for awhile. The main issue I had with those old kits was the leather was really dry. A light coat or two of pure Neatsfoot oil will usually remedy that.
  14. Vintage Craftool Alphabet Wood Grain

    they did make those log letters in 1/2" you can find them on E-bay from time to time
  15. use the oil before you use the super shene. use light coats on the grain side not the flesh side. give it a few days to absorb be careful not to saturate the leather then use super shene to seal it.