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About LumpenDoodle2

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  • Birthday 07/20/1960

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    Making interesting stuff, out of canvas, leather, fabric. Vacuum forming, hot foil, bookbinding, woodwork, and old Singer sewing machines.

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    Western re-enactment
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  1. Mounting dies on a 1 Ton Arbor Press?

    The hubby is using my arbor press now. I have a little dedicated press for cutting slots for buckles, and another for press studs, the rest I hit wiv a big ‘ammer. Wonderful way to release my pent up frustrations, and inhibitions.
  2. That looks a very posh one for $10.
  3. Dürkopp 18 Patcher Restoration - long journey...

    That stitching (and the machine) is looking good. Another cracking job well done.
  4. Speed Reducer Pulley In The Uk

    College sewing are wonderfull. They even sent to Japan for a couple of parts for one of my sewing machines, and didn’t put the charge through until they received the parts and had popped them into the post to me.
  5. Also slang for looking at, recognising, or taking note (not written) of something.
  6. Car seat cover pattern

    Making a pattern isn’t hard to do, it’s just knowing where to start, and having the confidence in what you are doing. Now, I’ve never bought a cheap seat cover that actually fitted properly, but it would give you a basic pattern to work from. If it was me, and I decided to go down the pre-made cover route, I would fit the cover, grab some french chalk, and pins, and mark out where the changes need to be made. I would then dismantle the cheap cover, and repin/stitch the cover together. Refit, and check out how it looks. Once the fit looks not too bad, dismantle the pieces, and there is your pattern. I would at this point be tempted to then cut out the pattern in some thick scrap material, stitch it and do a refit. If all well, use this to cut out the final leather material. The thicker material should give you your proper pattern sizes to allow for leather thickness, and maybe use it as a liner on the seat. I would imaging that leather seats use some kind of liner/backing, as hot and sticky leather would be prone to stretching? Being me, I’d prefer to remove the original seat cover, dismantle it, and use that as a direct pattern. There are a number of youtube vids that show how a seat cover is constructed, which should fill in all the knowledge gaps I’ve left here. Also, no doubt a more knowledgable person shall be along to advise you better.
  7. How to make a press for moulding leather pouches and such

    I’ve invested in a board called printbyte (I think that is how it is spelt). All my problems with the item separating are a thing of the past (touch wood). It’s so good, I bought 2 pieces, so that I just remove the whole bed, and put it aside to cool, and pop on the spare bed. Once cool, the job just pops off.
  8. How to make a press for moulding leather pouches and such

    Looking good. I agree, nothing worse than your printer trying to print onto thin air. Did you have any shrinkage problems with the filament? I’ve been trying out different manufacturers filaments, and it appears that some I’ve bought are just awful to use.
  9. Visiting UK

    Le Provo, in the north of England is worth a visit. Really nice leather, and very friendly and informative staff. I have all my leather sent from England up to Scotland, and have never had reason to complain about the quality.
  10. Tandy Discount Offer

    I got that offer too, and will be using it to buy a number of stamping tools. I personally wouldn’t bother with the dyes or threads, even at 20% discount, I am still happier to buy elsewhere, as is still a tad on the expensive side compared with other online suppliers. I might purchase some thread for my Tippman Boss, but only after a bit of a price comparison. Sorry, not much help with ideas.
  11. How to make a press for moulding leather pouches and such

    Awww..... Molly showing off (and almost mucking up), but the young'un will have learned something. Doing metal detecting, I've met many bulls of all temprement and size. On one farm, it used to be fine to go on the field with the bull (I came up to his kneecaps). He was a lovely canny chap. When their new bull arrived, my request to detect was greeted from the farmer's wife by "any field but the one with the bull, this ones a wee bit full of energy". Farm speak for hyper aggressive. Anyhoo, the press certainly seems to have the 'oomph' for the job.
  12. How to make a press for moulding leather pouches and such

    Great job with the press, it's certainly going to do the job for you, but I must ask. You fence to entertain the cows? Competition sparring, or just old fashioned duels.
  13. How to make a press for moulding leather pouches and such

    Meant to add, the hubby's press has a heavy spring, which when you relase the jack, pulls the plate back up.
  14. How to make a press for moulding leather pouches and such

    Dwights hydraulic press is certainly the quickest and simplest to put together. The press area can be adusted to suit, without much additional work, and the floor space is also minimum. I use the hubby's 10t bearing press, for some projects, and when not in use, it takes up about 2 1/2' by 1' floor space, but I can extend the press area to 2' by 2', which suits my needs.