Frankqv

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About Frankqv

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  • Birthday 07/11/1951

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    Sarasota FL

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Holsters,Belts,Rifle Shotgun cases

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  1. We purchased a Chinese water cooled laser from Rose Graphix https://bescutter.com/collections/lasers/products/business-level-52x36-co2-laser-cutter-engraver-100w-to-150w 150 w complete with chiller exhaust and rotary attachment. About 10k all in. Could have bought similar off ebay for a few grand less,but this supplier was only 100 miles away from us.Its been flawless.Cut, engrave,2D,3D. The supplier was very good.I suggest anyone that gets a Chinese laser get the one supplied with Reci laser tube and Ruida Control. The RD works controller software takes 2D, ai ,3D,BMP's files for cut and engrave .Its become a tool that we know can't do without. This machine id made by Baldor in China and is sold through Rose.
  2. Slimjim for 4 5/8 single six,Cut Time 32 Sec. 9-10 Oz Veg, 30 mm sec @ 55% .Total time to load and cut < 2 min.
  3. Just wanted to chime in.I have attached photos of a 3x3 piece of Veg Tanned we use for our foldover holsters. We laminate a piece of 4 and 3-4,which gives top grained finish inside the holsters and adds rigidity.We have all of our patterns digitized,so i can lay them(Nest) for maximum yield. i use the areas between the holsters to cut out frogs and various other pieces. Some of the pieces shown are bullet loop backing,Holster,Bullet bracelet.Our laser is a 1390 130 watt Rose Graphix laser. We cut the laminated 7-8 oz /20 mm sec at 40%. Sided Veg tanned,9-10 oz for cowboy holsters,20 mm sec at 55%.This tool makes cutting custom shapes a breeze .Chrome tan 5-7 oz , 20 mm per sec@50%, 7-8 Oz 20mm per sec @65% To digitize I scanned our paper templates into a corel format. You can then trace the outline of the pattern.On many holsters i just trace one half ,then copy and flip the other half so the sides are perfectly the same.This tool cuts out countless man hrs.When cutting wallet material we increase air flow which keeps from charring the edges. Pigskin or calfskin,we use inert gas (N2 or C02) to shield ,perfect edges. And yes you can manufacture delrin stamps,and engrave 3D effects on your stamps.Also cuts Kydex like Butter. Most important exhaust fan. is a 6",to a vent on the roof of the building.
  4. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    Perfect candidate for a laser Rocky Aussie,You could be assembling one while one was cutting. Repeatability ,while you attend to another ask= Production
  5. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    For the edges we paint lighter we run them across a 3m scotchbrite wheel,knocks the char right off. I am going to try inert gas instead of air,that should prevent any combustion,and prevent Charring I read somewhere that"s how they cut exotic shoe uppers uppers now, Ill keep you informed.
  6. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    I think you are right Wiz,please move it at your convenience ,Thanks
  7. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    Chuckdette,We have some charring,but I’ve been able to back off on the power tto minimize that. Excess charring could be focal length not set right? All of our molded fold over are all double sided. 2-2.5 oz/ 4- 4.5oz glued back to back. We cover the 4.5 oz side with low tack sign transfer tape. We trim the sides so we end up with 20 + ft2 laminated. We can slip it in the front door of the laser. I nest the patterns which maximizes yield. I use an outlined font to mark the make ,model,,IWB/OWB on each holster.We maintain specific inventories,so I’m able to mix the holster cuts on the one piece.
  8. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    I think the repeatability makes it a useful tool.we do everything from Bridles to holsters,wallets ect. New patterns are easy to whip up. Nice work,very nice.
  9. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    We recently purchased a 130 Watt CO2 laser. It has opened up new horizons of products we can produce cost effectively.And it allows us to change basic patterns without having to get new dies made. Great for prototyping,and production. Maybe we should have a Laser section and we can learn from each other,just an idea. We have cut 2 oz Veg-14 oz Veg very effectively,engraving is easy. i’ll post some work in the coming weeks.This is the engraver/cutter.https://bescutter.com/collections/lasers/products/business-level-52x36-co2-laser-cutter-engraver-100w-to-150w?variant=33972278919 The reason we opted for this unit was we had viewed other Chinese engravers,the boxes were thin sheet metal,pretty flimsy. This unit weighs in at over a thousand lbs ,the othe ones we viewed were <750lbs. The linear ways are pretty robust,and the other owners spoke highly of the machines. There is some assembly required,and the focusing of the mirrors is time consuming. All and all we’re very happy with the new addition. I took the time while waiting for delivery to digitize all the standard Holster patterns, which we don’t have dies for,and even some we have dies that I wanted to modify.
  10. 1917 Holster Pattern Needed

    I’ve made a few holsters for 1917’s. Used N frame pattern. Hope that helps. If you need a pattern,let me know the barrel length and I’ll semd you a foldover pattern.
  11. Leather Emboss Roll,bunkhouse

    No Dave they are well clear of the guides. Frank
  12. Rivet Press

    Little Wonder,will set 103 and 104 rivets.Its cam opererated so it's relatively effortless. Foot press will also work well,Beiler Mfg in PA also has footpress with dies.
  13. High Quality Belt Buckles Needed

    12 & 49 buckles Frank
  14. High Quality Belt Buckles Needed

    Your right Weaver isn't wholesale only,their retail pricing is different than their wholesale pricing. Wholesale is $1220 a year. weaver wholesale pricing #49 Buckles. #12 buckles Regard Frank
  15. High Quality Belt Buckles Needed

    I use # 49 buckles and # 12 buckles on our double sided gunbelts and Latigo belts respectively. We purchase more than 200 at a time. These same buckles are $5-$6 from other online suppliers. Weaver has a great selection,they are wholesale only,you need a tax ID Frank Franks Classic Leather