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  1. At least you can remember to take the knife in the first place.
  2. @gigi although it works it is a little catchy as yet. I'm thinking I might go for a pneumatic ram on top possibly. I made one awhile back out of a 4" aluminium pipe and and some other stuff. Other than just wanting to learn how to do it I never really had a use for it but this might be it. Time will tell I guess. Brian
  3. Looks Ok to me @plinkercases and I reckon that will be a a lot better on your pocket wear and tear as well. Brian
  4. Thanks for the thought there Itch. I have done similar in the past and I may need to do something like that but fingers crossed .....I can get it to work. Having the printer do it over and over while I do something else would be great.
  5. Thanks Dwight.... as I said I hope it helps some.
  6. That is my plan indeed. I hope to be able to inset a bolt head and use a socket in the battery drill and if needed I can then just switch to a hand ratchet to finish off. I'm thinking that if I wanted it to do clicking more so (I don't as I have 2 hydraulic machines already) I would be tempted to put in 2 jacks side by side and use one jack for small jobs and 2 when the knife is larger. Bit slow but way faster and better than doing by hand. Thank you
  7. Mightn't be competition sparing but here a couple of pics of my Molly (The quality inspector/guard dog) trying it on with Jet the brangus bull. Here below she's thinkin (not real smartly) to scare Jet. A big leap into the air should do it. Woooops where is the brakes....up here? Actully I was just goin this a way. Bit busy right now I'll take care of that matter some other day. Now my new dog in training is a bit worried about the size of these critters so Molly shows him that they aint all that bad. So far he has shown a great willingness to be a taste tester for staff at lunch times. I guess his got a lot of growing to catch up here. End of story. Brian
  8. Onto the third bag....

    Most excellent
  9. How to use my new press for small scale clicking. I never made it for this purpose and if you do so I would recommend finding a metal plate to cover the knife in order to protect the timber. The boards and the rods etc are easily up to the job but if there is a weak point it would be the jack. I decided to use a kitchen cutting board for the base as shown below. Below pic shows the knife fully in and with a typical clunk. I was not sure about that. I did not line up in both directions to the centre as well as I should and had to readjust it back a bit to the middle more. Pressure lifted off I removed the cutting board to inspect. It went in deeper than I expected. Note the knife mark line in the cutting board. Well that's about it for now until I print up some moulds so I hope that some of you find something that is of use to you in this and I wish you to find fun in making your own if you do. Regards Brian.
  10. Back again. I hope you all bought heaps. The next step is to drill out the top hole for attaching the jack Next attach the 4 3/4" rods that have been cut in half to now 18" lengths. AS seen above the bottom plate is bolted up and in the following picture the middle moving board located over the rods. Now the top board is located and then tensioned to get the unit to sit squarely and flat. A little adjusting up and down in one corner should do the trick Now the jack can be attached to the top board and carefully positioned to attach to the middle moving board. I used a felt pen to mark the holes with. Pull the top board off to give access to screw the jack down to the middle board. A centre punch mark done here to keep the screw holes true. I pre drilled for the screws as the timber is very hard. The unit is now ready to bolt back together Now below then unit is bolted up and square checked and ready to test. Time to go and buy some more stuff Fantastic world class leather goods from Wild Harry. Next steps will show the testing
  11. Ok Its DONE. Not sure how it goes for moulding what I want yet but we now have a poor man's (whoopps I meant persons) clicker press at least. See the pics. 1st is to drill pilot holes into the jack for later attaching the jack. 1/8" size bit should be fine. 2nd step - I found a cup 5/16" cup head bolt I think would be good to use and drilled the top out to receive it. 3. I then used a small triangle file to square out the hole to lock the cup head into the jack. 4. It was necessary to take a little of each side of the cup head to fit up into the jack. The jack must be fully wound up to give enough opening to push the bolt through. It should now look as below Next I cut the stair tread into 3 equal lengths. After giving the boards a little sanding on the orbital sander I marked out the positions for the holes. In order to get every thing at the same distance from the edge I decided to stand the board on its edge and use my square to scribe with as shown below Next step is to drill out one corner and watch to keep square. I decided to use the long drill bit I use when I do a little fencing for the cows. I broke the screw tip on one recently and checked for 1 at Bunnings. The cost there was about $60 something dollars so I got a whole set of 6 out of China for about the same. The come in a nice wooden box and all and go from 10mm up to 20mm. They have imperial sizes if you want as well. Next step is bolt all the boards tightly together and drill out the last 3 holes. Time for an advertisement. Check out my Wild Harry site and buys heaps of the best made leather goods in Australia. Well........ I cant post any more pics than this in the one posting.
  12. Onto the third bag....

    Just like a bag but cut out the front and back.... Ha ha Sorry just could not resist that one
  13. Help! Skipped stitches

    Hi Robert, I had a quick google check and found this manual. You can see all the pages on line -- I have a lot of different machines but not that one sorry. I would study the hell out of it particullarly with regards to the timing. Take some pictures of any parts you have trouble with and post them on here. That will often give the best feedback. Brian
  14. cheap skiving foot for folding

    Yeah that's the teflon tape and will help a lot if you can make it stick where you want. Clean the steel well and give a little sand or scotchbrite first. Have fun Brian
  15. Help! Skipped stitches

    1. is it just the same leather and or job application? Sometimes I have run in to a leather or a particular job section where this might happen like turning a corner. 2. Would it help to increase your foot pressure a bit? There are a lot of reasons as well which may include a dulled off hook or slightly out of timing. I'd try a little more foot pressure first then also if it happens mostly in the one area of a job see if your needle is being deflected to the left a bit. If it is alter how you hold it or go for a bigger needle perhaps. If it happens just anywhere then check you timing and be sure the loop is well formed when the hook is getting to come through it. Does your tensions stay constant when stitching or is there a tendency for the tension to come high when it misses? Brian