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  1. Beginner's Questions...Again

    Welcome. I hope you enjoy your leather experience. As far as your questions go... #1 (first #1) Tandy tools are a good place to start. Better tools are available, but until you get some experience, expensive tools aren't needed yet. #1 (second #1) Dividers will make a nice line to follow on wet leather for stitching. Plus they have other measuring uses. A groover will remove a small amount of leather from the surface, and allow stitching to be a little more protected. Both will make decorative lines on projects #2 No need to overstitch if you use a hammer. #3 An awl would be nice to have. I have a 4 prong and 2 prong chisel and they cover all my needs for stitching. But sometimes an awl will be needed for special projects. Even though I use chisels, I use an awl while stitching to open the holes slightly, and help line up the needle on the backside of the hole. Strap punches make life a lot easier, but cutting with a Stanley knife will work. A round knife, or head knife will work, but sometimes there's a long learning curve with those. And they could be very expensive. As you progress, they might be more attractive to you, but get some experience with the entry type tools. Good luck.
  2. I think it looks very nice. Your stitching is straight and clean, even on the back side. Great job.
  3. I assume that border stamp was made by one of Bob Beards' ancestors.
  4. How are leather boxes made?

    Here's one I make. Only three pieces. 2 end caps, and a wrap around piece for the body. .picasa.ini
  5. i assume you mean you are making a double layer for the front and the back. If that's correct, then yes you must stitch them together. You have to stitch across the top where the gun goes in, and across the bottom where the barrel goes. Then you glue the front to the back and stitch all four layers around the ends and meet the two layer stitching.
  6. Lace work

    It looks like they did a basic whip stitch up the holster edge, then went over the top of it with the same stitch going back down the edge. Not sure on the other lace.
  7. Just a little curious...

    I'll be 71 in two months. Seems like I was only 51 a couple years ago.
  8. The Tandy V955 looks pretty close to the veiner you need.
  9. What is this called???

    I don't think it has a name, other than a diamond pattern. The easiest way to do it is by using a round awl. Draw the square shape first, then connect the corners to make a big X using the awl. Lay the awl down pretty flat so it doesn't scratch the leather when you drag it. Then lay a 1" ruler next to the line, and make the rest of the lines all the way to the corners. You might want to practice on some paper first, and adjust the spacing so it looks correct your project. You can use a swivel knife if you want, but an awl does a good job. Then use the seeder at all the line crossings. Use a small seeder so it eliminates the small x inside it.
  10. Very nice. A nice "custom" look, with a simple, very adaptable design. That will work well if the maker wants several more in a short time.
  11. Handcutting vs Press Cutting

    Something else to consider is the cost. Even a small hand operated press with some dies is going to be several hundred dollars. Your sales will dictate if the expense is worth it.
  12. Skiving Tools?

    The safety style works real well. It is designed to only take small amounts off at a time. Lets you gradually work it to the shape you need.
  13. Purse Strap Rivets

    Tandy sells them as "domed rivets". 2 sizes- 7mm and 10mm. They sell setters for them also.
  14. Tooling question.

    Any man made surface will have a little bit of give to it. It'll work, but you won't get the deep, clean impressions that you want. Good stamping needs a smooth, solid, hard surface mounted on a solid table or bench.
  15. how do I mass produce belts

    Hopefully, the shop owner wants the finished product in his shop. That way you won't have to take time to fit each one. We keep size 30 through size 50 in stock at all times. His sales will determine what is best for you. Usually, 36 through 44 make up most of our sales. This is for a standard, not fancy belt. The first thing for you to do is make a specific sized belt in your normal way. We make only even numbered sizes (32-34-36-etc.). We make our center hole 5 1/2" from the tip, and add 3 1/4" at the buckle end. Take the belt apart, and measure the total length. Then subtract the size of the belt, and the remainder is the amount to add on to any size you need. Using our measurements, a size 40 belt would need a blank of 48 3/4". A ranger style or lined belt won't work using this formula. We only use 2 buckles. Stainless or brass of the same design. Too many options mean more precise measuring. Hope this helps.