dirkba

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About dirkba

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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. Piping or what? how to finish edge

    Jip...looks like standard 4mm piping. Just google leather piping
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. Identify These Tools!

    French chalk stick...use for marking.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Standard sizes for making belts

    I came across this guide for leather belt sizes - perhaps it may help! Dress Belts size chart.pdf
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. Spending time with the grandchildren...priceless!! She must have a good tutor
  13. Circle of Procreation Trick Shot

    Whether you would have won or not is irrelevant...!! You completed this "master piece" - so you are a winner!! I wish my skills were that advanced. I like it a LOT!!
  14. Wheat pasture doctoring bag pattern

    Thanks fredk - I looked it up and was pleasantly surprised to see the original Gladstone bag was made by J G Beard...now for the co-incidence my surname is Baard. If translated to english means beard...don't know if there could be a connection here!! Wulfing look up this thread if you want to see how the bag was reconstructed. http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/44990/how-to-make-a-fortuny-gladstone-bag-part-1/page/all It is really great looking, but seems a challenge!
  15. Wheat pasture doctoring bag pattern

    Hi Wulfing, It is called a doctor's bag and dates back to around 1910 - according to this website https://www.la-belle-epoque.net/english/e_bag_0007.htm