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  1. Utility messenger bag with a little surprise

    I like the bag shape! I love the lining! Fun to open and see a surprise!
  2. Book Trunk

    Thanks everyone. It turned out better then I expected. I’m thinking about trying a hard sided suitcase next.
  3. Question about lining a leather bag

    I would try to find a solution that doesn’t include a zipper. Here are some ideas I would consider if I were making the bag. apply glue (Loctite or super glue) to the threads to keep them from coming apart. glue the Chicago screw to the canvas and then glue another small piece of canvas on the inside to cover the back of the screw. This would work to “lock” the back of the screw. Tighten the screw as tight as possible, assume the chance of it coming unscrewed is low. If it comes apart in future deal with it then. Another option is to put the screws through canvas and lining. In my opinion, the screws would look fine on the inside.
  4. Debunking “grades of leather”

    I am relatively new to leather. When I started I didn’t understand anything about leather grading and quality. I found the vagueness of marketing and sales information confusing, and inconsistent. I was buying most of my leather at Tandy and didn’t feel like I could find “great quality” leather. I switched to primarily W&C as my leather source I’ve tried a variety of their grades and have been happy each time. When I have a “which leather would be best?” question, I call them and they help me determine the type and quality of leather I need. Your post provides a concise version of what I wish I understood when I started. Would have saved me from buying several pieces leather that are collecting dust in my storage area. Thank you.
  5. Book Trunk

    Hi Gary, See my response to YinTx about process. I think was writing that when you were writing this question. I found that trying to glue entire piece, wrap and trim all in one process created a mess. I went back and watched some videos and realized trunk makers did it in two steps. 1. Glue outside. 2. Miter corners and glue top edge and inside. Having outside firmly in place made everything much more manageable. The lining is wool glued and wrapped around bag stiffener. I made a bottom piece and glued it in first. Then I made long sides and attached them. Last, the end pieces were added. Lining overlaps the leather on inside and comes up to about 1 cm from edge. And thanks for compliment. It was a fun project.
  6. Book Trunk

    Hi YinTx, thank you and yes, leather was glued. I glued to outside first and let it dry. Then I glued flap, stuck the leather to top edge of box, trimmed the corners and then stuck the leather to inside.
  7. Book Trunk

    5. Body pieces glued. 6. Lid construction 7. Handle
  8. Book Trunk

    5. Body pieces glued. 6. Lid construction 7. Handle
  9. Book Trunk

    Here are some build images to give you an idea how I built it. 1. The plans will give you an idea of the size and pieces. This is as close to a “plan” as I get. On the right side you will see outlines of hardware. I was trying to understand the sizes. 2. Bought a Japanese saw to improve my cuts 3. Bottom template to understand size. Laid it in kitchen floor to make sure size made sense. 4. Main body glued.
  10. Book Trunk

    I’ve wanted to try making a trunk or hard sided suitcase for some time. My wife suggested a trunk for her cook books. Sure, sounds fun. I used 1/2 inch maple plywood for structure. Leather is chocolate pull-up from Waterhouse Leather and W&C English bridle for black trim. Hardware from Ohio Travel Bag and Brettuns Village. A bunch of brass escutcheon pins and black wool fabric for lining. Since I’m not a woodworker, hand sawing and assembling a “square” trunk took some time and practice to get it where I wanted it. Primarily watched You Tube videos for ideas on how to construct, cover and finish a trunk. Couldn’t find many written resources so I created a document with screen shots of the build process from a variety of videos. Not too scientific but gave me some ideas on how to proceed. I’m happy to share it if anyone has an interest. I am happy with how it turned out. There are a few things I’d do different on the next one but mostly little stuff to make build easier. Most importantly, my wife loves it.
  11. Am I the only one?

    I’ll play. I was made a pattern for a backpack. During the build process I decided to increase the size of a pocket by 2 cm. I changed the dimensions on my plans except I missed one place. I made the pocket piece and realized I missed the change. Work on something else for a couple minutes. Go to plans. Get dimensions. Cut piece. 2 cm short again. How is this happening? Go to plans confirm I have right dimensions. Yep, exactly the size per plans. Now I have two short pieces. Finally realized I had changed the plans but missed changing the number in one place. Cut piece again. By this time the wrong dimensions were firmly engrained in my brain. Cut it short again. Now I’m sitting at bench and laughing out loud and looking at my 3 mistakes. 4th time was a charm. Do you need a pocket or 2 for your holster?
  12. Doctor Bag Restoration

    Leathersmyth - thanks for the advice. I’ve seen way too many feed sacks with chain stitch tops. I didn’t realize that’s how the linings where attached. I’ll dig around and see if I can find the end.
  13. Doctor Bag Restoration

    leathersmyth - thanks for the insight and information. I haven't decided how far I want to go with restoration. I'm a little concerned that taking it apart may cause more issues then expected. My current thinking is to restore the leather and see how it looks and then make a decision on how far to go. The thread is yellow. I'll be hand sewing as much as possible. One issue is finding a way to open the lining and get inside the bag. dirkba - my wife gave me similar advice - embrace the age and unique old bag and don't try to over-restore it. I looked more closely at black areas and it looks like it could be printers ink. I'll post pictures and info on what I'm doing during the project. chrisash - I think you are right, I wasn't sure exactly how to describe it. Today I'm starting on cleaning lining with Woolite, a toothbrush and a sponge and see how it goes. Thanks for your help.
  14. Doctor Bag Restoration

    A couple additional pictures. The bag is 18" length, 14" height, and 10" depth.
  15. Doctor Bag Restoration

    I had a weak moment at an antique shop on Saturday and purchased an old Crouch & Fitzgerald (New York) doctor or Gladstone bag. At first, I liked the hardware and thought I'd use the old hardware on a new bag. After looking at the bag for a few days, I've decided I'd like to try to "restore" it as much as possible and see if I can use it. There is a Great Lakes Exposition sticker on the bag and the Exposition was in the summers of 1936 and 1937. I'm guessing the bag was made in the mid 1930s. Here are my thoughts on restoring. Based on searching and reading accounts of restoring other items, I've decided to try the Preservation Solutions products. 1. First step is to clean the leather. I purchased a bottle of Leather Cleaner from Preservation Solutions. I'd like to preserve the Great Lake Exposition sticker if possible. I'm also not too worried about the black areas. I can't tell what they are but this bag is never going to look new and the stains give it character. I don't think the black is mold or rot. If you think the black is a problem, please let me know. 2. The leather is dry, but not terrible. Also purchased Leather Rejuvenator for Damaged Leather. This product puts the oil back into the leather and softens it. 3. I think it may need some polish, but I'll wait to see how it turns out before deciding what type of finish it needs. 4. The lining is going to take some work. The lining appears to be a light canvas and in good shape other then the dirt and stains. I want to clean it without removing it. It isn't attached to the bottom so I can pull the lining out and get good access. My thought is to start with Woolite, a sponge and a tooth brush and start slow and see what happens. If the Woolite doesn't cut it, then keep moving up to stronger soaps. 5. Some of the stitching is gone but stitching looks like easiest fix. After the bag is cleaned and oiled, I'll find a thread color that will blend with the leather and original thread and start mending. What am I missing? I'd appreciate any insight you have on how to tackle this project.