Dwight

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About Dwight

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  • Birthday 11/17/1944

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    Central Ohio
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    Church Pastor, Shooter, Leatherworking, Hunting, making most anything for the first time (yeah, I get bored easy)

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    gun leather
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    working with leather
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  1. Gene . . . . mistakes like that are the reason folks have been using leather for centuries. Like the old saying about Timex, . . . takes a licking and keeps on ticking, . . . leather is the same. But we are talking sporadic, unintentional, mistakes, . . . a steady diet of dunking leather in gasoline or other materials like that will dry it out, . . . it'll crack like crazy, . . . ain't worth carrying home after a while. My saddle is nearing if not past the century mark, . . . and if I still rode, . . . it would be good for decades more use. I'm sending it to a friend in Arizona just for that reason, . . . he can use it, . . . I'm done. But seriously talking about glue, . . . I use Elmer's white glue if I need to move something around after I stick it the first time. Other than that, . . . it's Weldwood. I found using only a couple of products allows me to know what I'm going to get using it. May God bless, Dwight
  2. If you are having trouble with Weldwood, . . . you are not doing something right. Flesh side to flesh side adhesions, . . . once set (several hours after initial contact), . . . you will pull leather apart making them separate. Hair side, . . . you have to take sand paper or a wire brush (better) and scuff up the hair side, . . . then the same will occur as above. Flexible after cured, . . . yes, . . . but you have to remember that layers of leather are like layers of wood. Instead of "plywood" you have "plyleather", . . . and it will be significantly less prone to bending and flexibility. Yes, . . . for all tense and purposes . . . . water proof. If you have to have something solvent proof, . . . leather is the wrong product to use to begin with. Oil should not bother it either, unless you soak it, . . . in which case you probably ruined the leather piece as well. Accidental and incidental spills of water, oil, and solvent should have been taken care of by the topcoat you put on the product. May God bless, Dwight
  3. IWB 1911 holster

    Good lookin, . . . May God bless, Dwight
  4. IWB 1911 holster

    Would sure like to see the rest of it......... at least the other side. May God bless, Dwight
  5. Good job, Mike Wise, . . . and you are a much more industrious man than I. I complain to a certain extent having to sew belts with a Tippmann Boss, . . . a 20 minute to 1/2 hour process for me (74 yrs old and enough arthur-rightus to make pulling that handle a bit of a chore). A 42 inch belt runs something near 500 stitches, . . . and my right shoulder fusses with me the rest of the day. But again, . . . nice belt, . . . wear it happily and proudly. May God bless, Dwight
  6. Kydex and rivets like the manufacturer supplies. May God bless, Dwight
  7. Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    Here are some pics, . . . actually used 4 bulbs, . . . thought it was only three. Go to Lowes, . . . buy the lumber and usually they'll cut it for you. At least I can usually get them to do it, . . . I explain it has to fit in my Jeep. You can't see the hooks in the picture, . . . they are at the top, . . . put a coat hanger in there with whatever needs dried / hardened. I will probably go with smaller bulbs later on, . . . this dries em out just a tad fast for me. May God bless, Dwight
  8. Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    Actually all I did was mount 3 porcelain pull chain fixtures to the bottom of the box, . . . wired em up, . . . put a switch on the box, . . . installed the bulbs, . . . voila, . . . it works. May God bless, Dwight
  9. Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    Actually the "drying bag" is an extension of my "drying box" I have. It's about 12 by 18 and 48 inches tall. Full door on the 18 x 48 front. Put a couple of hanger hooks in the top, . . . 3 each, 100 watt incandescent light bulbs sit on the bottom, . . . thermometer sticks out the door up topside. I've never heard about the 180 deg water for hardening leather, . . . but I can tell you for a fact that 135 to 145 deg dry heat from those light bulbs will dry out and harden a holster almost to the point you could use it as a weapon. Don't recall who (someone on here) sparked the idea, . . . but I ran with it, . . . and use it occasionally if I see a real need for it. The bag is a cheap alternative. May God bless, Dwight
  10. Mike, . . . can I throw you a constructive criticism, if you don't mind??? Your barrel end is a tad tight, . . . give it just a bit more leather. Western holsters should be more rounded, . . . instead of profiling the outline and symmetry of the weapon. THEN, . . . go to the hardware store, . . . buy a slick and varnished claw hammer handle (one of them wooden ones), . . . cut the top off it where the hammer head would go, . . . sand that smooth and varnish it, . . . use that hammer handle to open up, smooth, and pattern the barrel part of the holster. I about laughed myself silly when I saw John Bianchi do that in one of his videos, . . . as I was trying to think ahead and see how he was going to do things, . . . when I saw that trick I about lost it. Had a broken hammer handle in the shop, . . . got it fixed up, . . . been using it for over 10 years, . . . makes the nicest and prettiest holster bottoms you can imagine. Anyway, . . . just a couple of suggestions. May God bless, Dwight
  11. Newbie wanting knowledge

    Here you go: https://www.tandyleather.com/en/category/rawhide May God bless, Dwight
  12. Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    OK, . . . what you want to do is wet the pieces, . . . hang them in as near the shape as you want them, . . . get a 55 gallon drum liner, . . . make a bag that hangs open end down, use a garbage can lid or something to keep the top nice and big, . . . the heat will hang tight up in the top of that bag, . . . hang the leather in the bag, . . . and put a couple of 150 watt incandescent bulbs below the bag, . . . Check it every hour or so until you see how the first pieces come out. OR, . . . if you have a furnace with floor ducts, . . . it might be hot enough if you hang the bag right over one of them. THEN, . . . get a bottle of Resolene, . . . mix it 50/50 with water and coat each piece inside and out. After about 3 or 4 coats it will harden it up really good. It'll also shine the heck out of it. TRY . . . a piece with the metallic paint first, . . . the resolene may go over it with no problem, . . . but it will have to be dry first. If not . . . take a piece of steel wool and lightly scuff the surface of the resolene, . . . then paint over top of it. Have fun, . . . may God bless, Dwight
  13. Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    OK, . . . let's go back to the original: wanting to make armor. Must stand up to LARP standards. NOW, . . . what size piece are we talking about?? Are you making a full body armor such as Roman generals wore, . . . or is it "fish scale" type armor made up of small 4 to 6 sq inch pieces, . . . or is it something totally different. PICTURES would certainly help. May God bless, Dwight
  14. Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    One other thing you can do, . . . get it wet again, . . . but before you do, . . . find a place (not an oven either) where you can regulate the heat at 130 to 140 degrees F, . . . closer to 140 the better. Then get it wet, . . . not sopping, dripping, drooling wet, . . . just wet, . . . adjust whatever molding you want to, . . . then put it in the heat, . . . and leave it for about 3 hours. If that don't do it, . . . then send me a PM, . . . I've got another trick or two for you. But that really should work. It always has for me. (quick question, . . . how thick is your leather??) May God bless, Dwight
  15. KY Newbie

    Welcome from Buckeye land, . . . Transplant from Carter Co, . . . Have fun and enjoy. May God bless, Dwight