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    South Africa
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    Leather projects, woodworking, hunting, outdoors and 4x4

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    Bags and belts
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  1. A couple more recent projects

    Texback, Those stools look great, but having tried that myself, I am concerned that the stress on the top of your legs are going to be an issue... Perhaps you could secure the top of the legs with a snug fitting metal ring - so the screws won't crack the "dowl" in half if you ad weight when sitting down. I sew pockets on the underside of mine so the legs could push into it. After a few years the stitching faltered because of the wooden legs rubbing the thread. Keep up the good work!
  2. Pattern Search for Shooting Bag

    An eight and four combination might be extremely heavy to carry around... but if you managed to make your own pouch patterns then this should be an easy challenge! For more guidance see the Stohlman Art of making leather cases Vol 1 page 32 & 33 for a basic layout. Stack 8 cartridge boxes and measure them - repeat with 4 boxes....and apply your mind to attach the half size bag to the large one! Good luck!
  3. Cross body bag

    I decided to replace my old "moon bag" with a more modern concealed carry bag...this was a learning curve! My biggest challenge was to sew the thick parts without breaking the thread. I used a 180/24 needle and polyester cotton corespun (Tex 300) thread...not so clued up with other alternatives. I am sure if I find the right thread and needle match it should be much easier!!
  4. Hi ByNelson, Those instructions and diagrams are in: The art of Making Leather Cases - volume 2. send me your mail address - dirkba@webafrica.org.za I also modified the "handle" for better carry purpose and added a side pocket
  5. Piping or what? how to finish edge

    Jip...looks like standard 4mm piping. Just google leather piping
  6. Sewing canvas with a needle made for leather

    Hi OldHarnesGuy, I am no expert on needles, but recently decided to do a project combining canvas and leather, so I did a little research and found the following helpfull. I did the whole bag (pic below) with a leather needle and was satisfied that it did not fray the canvas. Universal Intended as an all-purpose needle, preferred for woven fabrics where a sharper needle could ruin the fabric. Similar to a ballpoint needle but tapered to allow the needle to slip through without producing a run. Ballpoint Similar to a universal needle but has rounded edges and is not tapered the same way. Intended for closely knit fabrics where the rounded tip will push the weave out of the way rather than cut through it. Leather These have a distinct triangular point to help the needle make a large, clean hole in non-woven materials like vinyl.
  7. Identify These Tools!

    Engineers French Chalk (also known as Welder's Chalk and Soapstone) is mainly used for marking Metal & Steel with a clear, wax-like mark. For general layout marking in a wide variety of applications from marking tailor's seams and weld marking on sheet materials in fabrication industries. I have used it extensively to mark metal work projects - not sure how it would work on leather...
  8. Identify These Tools!

    French chalk stick...use for marking.
  9. PDF Pattern for a Rifle Slip

    Hi, I have found this in my archives - it might help to achieve a pattern of your own choice. Rifle slip.pdf Pattern formula rifle slip.pdf
  10. Leather "duffle" Bag

    Hi, The canvas was salvaged from an old military canvas bag - just cleaned it up. Its pretty simple. 2x 320mm diameter circles and a rectangular piece of canvas 600x1100mm. It could be 500x1100, but I won't go any shorter. Fit pockets according to "scale" and the leather trimmings is done with scrap leather.
  11. Leather "duffle" Bag

    Hi Ashish, Here is the follow up to my first attempt...tried my hand at making a canvas leather duffle. I still need to attach handles and a zipper!
  12. Standard sizes for making belts

    I came across this guide for leather belt sizes - perhaps it may help! Dress Belts size chart.pdf
  13. I have made one (using webbing belt) similar to the army slings, but it is used with your arm going through the loop and set to assist you in shooting while standing. Your stability is achieved from the sling forming a tri angle with the rifle and your forearm pushing against the front stock. Check out "accu sling" for more options!
  14. aging leather for reenactor

    Hi, I am no expert, but having read a few articles on this topic for a 1907 bayonet scabbard I want to make, the common technique used seems to be by using fine sandpaper on the leather. Applying rubbing alcohol, with a spray bottle, on damp leather will dry the leather out and give it a faded look. A wire brush will also help to distress the leather before you start applying any oil. I would apply the above to the leather before I START THE PROJECT AND ONCE THE PROJECT IS DONE you can focus on the areas that would normally take the most wear and tear. Good luck with the project
  15. Leatherworking stump

    If this is an Australian pepper tree stump its probably not the best choice for a stump...the wood is likely to crack no matter what you do. Walnut or eucalyptus wood makes a very nice stump! I would however try and force a metal hoop around the top and as it dries force the hoop down and let it settle at about 4 - 6 inches from the top. If the stump cracks the metal hoop will hold it together. Good luck with your project!