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About maxdaddy

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  • Birthday 12/06/1965

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    Tampa, FL. USA!
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    Music. Guitar. Technology. Leather.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Mugs. Guitar straps.
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  1. What to do with 8-9 oz Belly's

    I bought several of them at Tandy's Black Friday sale when they were $10 and made a bunch of whisky tumblers with them. They made great Christmas gifts.
  2. Creaser for sale

    Hi folks, I have a JD Randal & Co creaser for sale. It is very clean and works great. $650 It can be picked up in the Plant City, Florida area or the buyer can pay for shipping.
  3. Hi folks, I have a 6" American splitter for sale. It's in great working condition. $750 It can be picked up in the Plant City, Florida area or the buyer can pay for shipping.
  4. Landis Model 25 for sale

    Hi folks, I have a Landis Model 25 for sale. It's been repainted at some time in it's life, but it's a very clean machine overall. $750. It can be picked up in the Plant City, Florida area or the buyer can pay for shipping.
  5. I like that.... could we see a few more pictures of it without the contents?
  6. Shabang! Leatherworks is what I decided to call my leather 'business'. I considered many alternate names that tied in some other areas of interest; guitars or computers. I'm a computer engineer in my day job and shabang had just enough geek potential to win the day. What's a shabang? Well, if you're writing a script (small program) on a unix computer system, the first line will contain the 'shabang'. It is a couple of characters (#!) that essentially tells the operating system how to interpret the script... which shell to run it in. The logo incorporates both the # and the !.... S#abang! My handle, maxdaddy, is simply because I have a son named Max, and well, I'm his daddy. :-)
  7. Sorry, but no, I eBayed them.
  8. What purpose do the tabs serve?
  9. Dan, That's a wide variety of projects, and they're all nice! Please tell us more about the epoxy plates and how you made them.
  10. Rustic drinkin' horn

    I like that! What did you seal the inside of the horn with?
  11. Fischer Workshops Designer Tire Bag

    Chris, That's a very creative idea and the execution really shows off your techniques. Beautiful! The length of time that you spent on the planning sure paid off. Thanks for sharing the back-story on the inspiration and the other details.
  12. If you still want this, I think I have that pattern in the shop stored in a bin.
  13. Artistic Dying Method

    I vote for texturizing and antiquing. You may be able to use the horn itself to texturize the leather and you may find that this makes for a more consistent look than by graveling it. I can't tell for sure if the surface is aggressive enough to use to impress the texture but you could test it out on scrap. I sometimes do this when attaching antler to a mug (as a handle) if I want the leather mug texture to be similar to the antler. Just wet the leather and after a few minutes of dry time, randomly roll the horn over the leather applying strong pressure and maintaining the 'grain' of the texture in a common direction. Look around and you'll find lots of things that you can use to texturize/age a piece of leather. The picture has some of the texturizers that I use.... Tree bark. Rock. Microphone windscreen. Meat tenderizer mallet. And my favorite texturize trick is the box of weird 'nuts' (one of them is circled) that I got from a guy, years ago, in North Carolina. I don't know what kind of tree they come from, but they lay a nice random/weathered texture down. I look like a kid rolling out play-doh snakes when I use the nuts on a piece... back and forth moving over the piece to get full coverage. Antiquing will still be needed to get the color and tints to match and to bring out the texture. I would antique the horn with the same dye as the leather, but would test out the technique on a similar piece. Good luck and be sure to show us the finished product.
  14. Hello from Tampa, FL, USA!

    @CaptQuirk, I've lived in, or within 10 minutes of, Tampa my whole life (51 years) so I can't imagine not being able to pick up a legit Cuban sandwich and a deviled crab on the way home for dinner. Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't tried buffing the wax down to a smooth finish yet, but the process leaves a fairly thick amount on the surface so I don't know if something soft would be productive. Might need something like denim. I'll try it later tonight after dinner. "Hmmmm, what should I have for dinner tonight? I KNOW! Yellow and black with a deviled crab and cuban toast."
  15. Hello from Tampa, FL, USA!

    @CaptQuirk, Cuban food is indeed one of the hallmarks of Tampa. I always recommend that visitors return back home with a bottle of mojo seasoning, a dozen bags of yellow rice and a dozen loaves of Cuban Bread. When they get back home, they can buy a few cans of blackbeans and roast some chicken in the moho and have all of their friends over for a legit Tampa-style Cuban feast. Yellow-rice and chicken with black-beans and Cuban toast! mmMMMmm Thanks for the nice comments on the amp. It's one of the few oddball projects that my wife actually approved of after it was finished. That is, until I plug it in and turn it up. The tankards are fun and are what I intend to make the most of initially. I seal the tankards with beeswax. It works very well. There's a skill to getting a clean looking seal that I haven't mastered yet. I only get smooth-looking applications about 30% of the time. The rest of the time I get visible 'streaks' on the inside. The sealing property is fine even if the look is imperfect, though. The outsides are finished in either Resolene, MinWax Polycrylic, or floor wax. All seem to work well, I can't decide which I like the best. Bottoms are either stitched formed leather or tacked wood.