Bolt Vanderhuge

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  1. How to keep my ruler from sliding?

    There are rulers that alrady have the cork installed. I got mine at Walmart. Though I do not always use it.
  2. That looks cool. Have you used it to cut out the actual holster pattern yet?
  3. Drop Holster for Snubby

    That looks great. I really like the tooling and coloring. Good job.
  4. Ruger LCP IWB Holster

    That looks great. Chicago screw posts work great for providing threads while holding the base of the snap to the leather. I use them all the time. I use black screws and get them from although my local Ace Hardware store has stainless ones that fit too. Lining the holster should not add any thickness. You would want to use thinner leather that when glued together will be the same thickness as what you normally use in single layer leather.
  5. New Work Boots

    Those look fantastic.
  6. A shooting buddy recently picked up a FN40. Here is the holster set I built for him. I had never handled an FN before so I had to make a couple test holsters to get the gun pocket and the detail work sorted out to my liking. I should have done the same for the mag pouch. Then I would have discovered that the wings should have been about a 1/2" wider on each side before the straps. This pattern is good size for single stack mags though. The build is using Hermann Oak 8/9oz leather dip dyed in straight black Feibings Pro Oil dye. Stitching is by hand using 1.0mm Tigre thread. Finish is two coats of Angelus Satin 605. The holster is flat backed but the mag pouch is not. The straps are part of the back piece of leather for both as opposed to being separate pieces. This was my second test holster. You can see in this one that the gun did not sit all the way in like it does in the finished product.
  7. Covered snap buttons

    Sandwhich the top between two pieces of thinner leather than you would be using normally. Or use a liner and put the top between the liner and the outer leather piece. Same effect either way. Also try using a bottom post vs a top post as the bottom post is usually flat vs the decrative dome that a top post usually has. In this pic I am referring to the one on the left as the one to use vs the top post that is on the right side. Some of these are flat and featureless unlike this one in the pic. But hopefully this helps anyways.
  8. Recent Builds

    Very nice work.
  9. Very cool. Very cool indeed. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Cracking leather

    The leather likely stretched as you bent it. So now you have extra leather with no place to go but out leaving you with the wrinkles you have.
  11. Cracking leather

    Did you bend the belt while the leather was still moist? That could be from oiling or, dying, glueing or wetting.
  12. Second attempt at a holster

    For punching two layers try punching your outside panel before attatching it to the inside panel. Then after they are attatched you will find it very easy to punch thru the second layer. Also the surface that you are punching on should be solid. Too much give or softness below your project will absorb some of the impact and reduce the effectiveness of your blows. GumTrag is for getting fibers to lay down and stay down. It will do nothing for the seam that you are asking about. You need to get both panels to be even whether thru slicingshaving or sanding.
  13. Second attempt at a holster

    I do none of what alpha mentioned yet I get very nice edges without a seem. The glue that you use though could cause this issue like alpha mentioned. I use Tandy's Bond contact cement and brush it until it is wet leather so there is no extra glue. After letting the glue set up I put the two panels together and run my hands over the glued area to make sure they make full contact. But I do not add weight, clamp, or hammer the panels together. After that I use a razor blade to trim any hang over of one panel over the other. I make sure that both panels are now exactly the same before moving forward. When beveling the edges I again make sure that the panels are even by running the beveler over the edge seem after beveling. After dying and burninshing I will run some 320 or 400 grit sandpaper over the edge then redye as needed. Then burnish again and then sand again if necessary. Repeat if necessary. Once satisfied I then apply my finish. When the finish is dry I burnish again. All my burnishing is by hand but I only have to spend a couple minutes each time to get good results. The prep work of making sure the panels are even and smooth really cuts down on the rest of the work. Oh I should add that I dye my edges, I do not use edge cote. This first pic here the holster is lined so it is 4 layers of leather. If you look at the flash lit area you can kind of make out one of the seems.
  14. Second attempt at a holster

    Gap? can you provide more info and pics of the issue?
  15. Line 24 snap,cap only

    You are welcome.