strathmoredesigns

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  1. Thanks guys. Good ideas all around. I'll give them a try and see where I get.
  2. So I just started using this pony (like literally yesterday). I like it well enough, but I was wondering what other people do when they're stitching a larger piece of leather? I'm still working on a practice rectangular piece I got from the stitching class at Tandy and sometimes I have to ram the leather in and sort of fold it up because that screw is right in the middle of the pony. It seems like this could get in the way if you were trying to stitch something larger, like a bag, and still have the clamps close to your stitching line. I've noticed that Ian Atkinson has ditched his screw in favor of some plastic clamps, but he's also got the cheaper Tandy pony where the two arms touch each other. Has anybody else encountered this problem and what's your workaround?
  3. @1CJK where did you get your steel plates?
  4. That's sharp. Nice job!
  5. So here's a question about Goods Japan. Does anybody have any idea of how long it takes them to restock items? I've been waiting since the beginning of the month for them to restock a particular beveler and some pricking irons, but no dice. I've poked around their ebay store too and noticed that their actual stock levels of a lot of items are relatively low.
  6. Thanks for the tips guys. Think I'm leaning towards the strap cutter as it looks a little less like something I'd cut myself on.
  7. How do you think a 6 ton a frame press would do as a clicker and/or stamp press? The size seems like it would be a better fit for my space.
  8. I'm teasing the idea of getting some sort of a strap cutting tool and I'm wondering what type people think is best. Looking at the Tandy site, it seems like I've got two real (and easily) accessible options. The draw gauge (https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-draw-gauge) and the strap cutter (https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-strap-cutter). I'm totally new to strap cutting and in general I think I'd be wanting to cut straps between 1/2" and 2" wide. Does anybody have any experience with either or both of these tools or an opinion? P.s. I'm also open to another tool that's not too hard to get your hands on/won't break the bank if anybody knows of anything.
  9. Great to hear, I just tried out my new Iwata yesterday. Loving it already. Thanks for sharing!
  10. That's really helpful info thanks. Assuming your plates are steel? Are they stainless or no and are they hot or cold pressed? This whole world of metal plates is new to me.
  11. Just wanted to give an update. I sent a email with pictures of the strips I was dissatisfied with to the place I purchased them from asking if I should send them back. A few days later I got a UPS notification that a package was on its way and a few days later I got a note apologizing for the inconvenience and letting me know what they'd done to correct it. In the end, I complained about 4 strips and got 8 new ones free of charge. I think they handled it pretty well and I'll definitely be shopping there again.
  12. I've been thinking about doing this. What are you using to distribute the force of the press? In this picture it looks like you've got a couple of metal plates and a cutting board maybe?
  13. Thanks for the update. I was curious why they'd have gone under now as it seems like leather and leather working is seeing a bit of a revival these days. I was over in the UK last year and there was another leather goods maker (can't recall the name offhand) in the Cotswolds area who'd also recently gone under so I was trying to figure out if there was something in the water so to speak
  14. This is digging an old one up, but why not? Anybody know why Dixons went out of business?
  15. I got the Iwata Sprint Jet Compressor which I believe comes with a moisture filter or at least their website says it does.