mike02130

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  1. If BLO is put on too thick or not wiped off soon enough it has a tendency to not dry and be sticky. It will eventually dry but will have a rough texture. It is best to thin it down and apply two coats and wipe it down immediately. I use my bare hand to rub it in. I'm of the belief that the heat from the friction opens the pores of the wood allowing deeper penetration. Rub on rub off and it is ready to use. There is no need to let it dry like a paint or varnish. Try it out and let us know if it works or not. Just a thought, if it is too thick it may polymerize from the outside in, thus cutting off the oxygen to the inside.
  2. Stitching Iron

    Tugadude, Thanks for the response and example. I made a sample with and without a groove and the line without the groove looks much better. The angles are more pronounced and the thread has more dimension and not flat as when it's laying in the groove. Two more questions, please. I see the advantage of not grooving but when should one groove? One advantage I see for the groove is that it creates a line for the stitching chisel to register. Does one use a compass to scribe a light line as a guide? Thanks again.
  3. Stitching Iron

    Thanks much guys. Most of my work has been tool covers and sheaths for woodworking and carving tools and axes and the like. Six to eight ounce leather plus a welt making it tripled up. I use a groover and 1mm thread. It looks good to me and maybe a little chunky. But with nothing to compare it to, I don't know. Here are some samples on a 4/5 ounce single piece of leather. I like the look of a contrasting thread. Is that considered chunky? The first three are skinny 1mm Chinese thread, the next two are 1mm Tiger thread. Tugadude, you said, "I suggest you try 0.6mm Tiger thread. It is readily available in your country." I'm in your country, New England, vs Jolly Old England. Thanks
  4. Stitching Iron

    I've been working leather for about six months. All my learning is from YouTube, books and trial and error. I think I may be to the point where my stupid questions may be formulated as not to be as stupid as they wouldve been six months ago. My questions and thoughts concern stitching irons/chisels, the ones that are multi tined and are used to punch holes through leather to sew without useing an awl. 1, My first tool was a Craftool brand 3 mm 4 prong. I wanted more of an assortment--and not caring for the Craftool--I bought a set of four Aiskaer White Steel 4mm Diamond Lacing Stitching Chisels for 12 bucks. When the two brands are placed point to point the tines are identically spaced. What gives? I wonder if the Chinese Aiskers are wrongly described and are actually 3mm? How are these measured and are there different methods of measuring? Most seem to be sold stating the size in millimeters. I see a few brands that state the stitches per inch (SPI) which seems to make more sense to me. 2, Does one match the chisel or thread to the thickness of leather or to the amount of desired spacing between stitches, or, to the thickness of thread? I would think the thinner the leather the closer the spacing and thinner the thread and hole? 3, European vs American. I often hear folks referring to American style as being bulky. From what I gather they mean that useing a stitching iron results in a bigger hole than a pricking iron and awl? 4, I watched some of Nigel's videos and bought a couple of KS Blades pricking irons. Not having the experience or knowledge of the tools I really don't know what I have or how or when to use them. I've used them a few times but the tool make such a narrow slit that I often need to use an awl to open it up. Maybe it's because of my lack of experience but I don't care for them. Are the KS tools for thinner thread or leather? How, why and when should they be used? 5, I usually use 4-8 ounce leather and 1mm thread and an appropriate sized needle. I would like to start making hand bags and wallets using thinner leather. What size hole making tool and thread is recommended? Here is an example of the Craft Tool, Aiskaer and KS Blades. I prefer the middle line made by the Aisker. Like Goldilocks picking the bed not too soft not too hard. Thank you very much.