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About alpha2

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  • Birthday 12/03/1953

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    Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Interests
    Commercial Pilot/flight instructor/ leatherwork/ FFL/ Firearms instructor/

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Holsters/sheaths/belts/wallet-checkbook covers/dog collars/western hat-bands/
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    carving leather, holster making
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  1. Marine Corp. stamp/punch

    google usmc leather stamp. Lots of results. Some make a better impression than others, from what I can see.
  2. Thanks for the tip. I usually use 50/50 sprayed resolene too. Found this Tan Kote yesterday so I figured I'd give it a try. It's definitely different stuff. It says it can be sprayed on...I can only imagine how much it needs to be thinned for that! I did get the streaking to buff out pretty well.
  3. Show your Shop

    Smaller pieces only in the basement...then the garage for the wings and fuselage. I did have a little issue with the fuselage, however. It's built upside down in a jig, and I put the access hole for the elevator bellcrank in the wrong now there's a hole on one side at the right height, and one on the other side that is at "not the right height". I imagine the present owner is scratching his head over that one.
  4. I finally found some, used it also for the first time. It is THICK! It says to let it was so thick and streaked I tried to smooth it with a cloth. Big mistake, it streaked. How do you people apply this stuff?
  5. Show your Shop

    I WAS going to ask who's body was hidden behind the sheet! I love this thread, some shops make me happier about my space, others, not so much. I don't know if they still ship them this way, but when I was building my airplane, I went to the local motorcycle/snow machine dealer, and found they get their stock in steel frames. Perfect for a table support. It's worth a try. Easier than building one out of lumber. They don't break down, so you need a pickup or better to haul one home. I had a couple of them for bases in my Kitty Hawk/Wright Brothers shop. Also, while I'm thinking back that far............(Yes, a LONG time ago)...I got some countertops, solid as heck, from a local cabinet/countertop outfit. Mistakes, over-runs, client changed their mind, etc. They were happy to get rid of them. These make an excellent work surface, they are heavy, solid, and cheap. What's not to love? Jeff
  6. Show your Shop

    I was going to say! You weren't fooling anyone with that clean shop! I wish I had that room available.
  7. Show your Shop

    Great idea with the curtain rod and craft paper. I might have to incorporate that into my space, somewhere...
  8. I wish I could get my stamping that straight! I know...practice. I'm liking that beader, too.
  9. Shield 9 pancake

    Did you happen to stitch it when it was wet? That puckering is more than I would have expected. For a first wet-forming, that's not bad!
  10. Show your Shop

    I went right to the maul handle, too! Nice.
  11. Show your Shop

    I was thinking I was at the point that I needed to start moving into the basement as well, until I saw these shops! Turns out I have room for A LOT more stuff in my shop! I need to find room for a Cowboy machine, likely will move the file cabinets to the basement. Ideally, the closet would be emptied and the Cowboy would go in there..."she who must be obeyed" says it ain't gonna happen.
  12. Tear Drop Hole Punch

    As shown, I use an oval #07, 7/32. I also use rounds, but I find that the oval lies smoother, so stick with that unless someone requests something different. Remember, there is no "right or wrong".
  13. Ha! Jumped out at me, too! I didn't know I had a vintage leather tool! Does anyone actually flare copper pipe anymore? I haven't used mine for decades! That strap cutter is nice, though.
  14. Tear Drop Hole Punch

    True dat, oldnslow! There's leatherwork...then there's sharpening. More effort expended for the latter, leads to less effort expended for the former. By the way, the keyhole punch is NOT the same size as the stud! As I recall, the 7.0 punch is for the 12mm stud. Don't quote me on that, it's the only one I've actually done, and don't remember exactly what the relationship was, but there's a good list of those on the Tandy website.
  15. Tear Drop Hole Punch

    This is what I'm talking about. The ball stud stamp needs to be correct for the size stud you are using, as is the oval, however, I only use this oval punch for all my belts and it works fine.