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  1. Has anyone put this kit together? If so, did you like it? http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/special/44427-00.aspx The kit is typically listed for $259.00, but I see that Tandy has it on sale for $159.00. If it is still on sale next week when I get paid I will order it. That is unless I get feedback that it is not a good kit.
  2. Bolt for Tandy Press

    Does anyone know where I can get one of these bolts? May have to make one if I can't find them. This is from the old Tandy press
  3. Does anyone know if the Tandy hand presses use dies from other sources or do they only use Tandy dies? I need a 3/8 or 5/16 hole punch. I've talked to the people at the local Tandy store a couple of times, but they have no idea if a 3/8 punch is available that fits this.
  4. Hello folks , here again with another one of my newbie situations: I love my thread , as we all do and well I'm a beginner so I don't use much right a tiny 25 yard spool would do me well for a good time, but as I began to actually do more work , make more things , I began to realize "hey , this won't do". And this constant buying of thread has been on and on.I like to buy Tandy's nylon waxed thread: https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/waxed-nylon-thread-25-yds-22-9-m And it's only 4 dollars, right so I'm not complaining or anything but I really feel I could do better for the long run , I know not all of you go and buy tiny 25 yard spools but yeah what's something I could do to not spend 16 dollars on 100 yards ? Also , today I bought some "Omega nylon #2 thread" thinking I could rub some beeswax on it and pass it off as waxed nylon thread , I tried it , and it didn't feel as good as Tandy's, maybe because the beeswax was homemade ? Also , the thread isn't made up of 3 little stands like Tandy's, it's only 2. Could I somehow make this work ? It's 275 yards. Thank y'all in advance
  5. Military Veterans and Tandy Leather

    So I was prowling the bowels of reddit (they have a leathercraft section as well), and I stumbled across a possible deal for current or prior service US Military. Apparently, starting November 1st 2016, If you are or were US Military, you will be eligible for their Elite membership or Elite prices. The employee said that the criteria for your eligibility will be coming in the November sales flyer. I have posted the link to the original below. I may have to call tandy on monday to either confirm or deny this. https://www.reddit.com/r/Leathercraft/comments/57m1rb/just_a_heads_up_from_a_tandy_employee_for_any/#bottom-comments
  6. Hi! This is my first post here, but I have been reading a lot of helpful articles and info from here over a year now. Thank you everyone for that!! So now Im asking a little help here, I recently bought an old vintage tool chest from eBay that I found out that Tandy has sold back in the days, called The Master Craftsman Tool Chest. Its pretty cool piece, I just hope the wood won't warp because of the moisture changes.. I was just wondering how old it might be and wanted to ask do any of you guys have any record of this? If you could tell me which years or decade this has been in sale it would be very helpful! Here is also a picture of an old advertisement that I actually found from a magazine I have, but now I lost that particular magazine somewhere so I can't check the date on it, so annoying haha.. :D But gladly I took a photo of it, hope this helps? Theres also pictures of the one I have. -Jake
  7. Eco-Flo Tips

    Hi everyone. I picked up a bottle of Eco-Flo 32oz coal black leather dye. It is a water based dye. I normally go for oil dye but it is expensive. I am trying to give this a shot but I am frustrated with it. It seems like to get any decent coverage I need to put a bajillion coats on and even then it doesn't penetrate very far into the skin. Has anyone used this before? Does anyone have an tips to get better penetration/coverage? Thanks for the help! Teo
  8. By the end of the week I am expecting to receive the following in the post: A cheap (Chinese made, with probable Japanese influence) beginner's sett of leather working tools from Ebay A remnant/pieces pack of leather, needles, and thread from The Identity Store A copy of "The Leatherworking Handbook" by Valerie Michael from Amazon Yet to acquire from the local chain DIY store (probably nearer the time, or on Sunday if it slips my mind before then which is likely to happen) are: wood and fixings to make a cheap stitching pony Evo-Stik Time Bond contact adhesive an Oilstone (or similar) for inevitable initial sharpening of previously mentioned tools as well as general upkeep later on miscellaneous things that catch my eye which may be helpful such as clamps, sandpaper, straight edge etc Other things yet to be appropriated into my "kit": worksurface stuff (cutting mat, poly board, granite (or similar)) decent desk lamp as most of my work will be completed in the late evening/small hours after finishing the late shift at "the day job" and goodness knows my eyes will need all the help they can get edge slicking substance graph/grid paper for when I feel up to making my own patterns bone folder type tool stitching awl Things I already have, yet to be consolidated together: poly mallet basic geometry set (ruler, square, compases etc) pencils large toolbox for storage stack of "craft" drawers for storage non-marring spudger set which I'm sure will come in handy for poking/prodding in crevices metal bodied Utility knife (and blades) Extra Virgin Olive Oil in lieu of more specialist finishes tonnes of old clothes for rags Things I will probably get at a later date once I get a feel for everything (this does not include ad hoc replacement/upgrading of any of the above when needed): butcher's block style work station (as I'll mostly be working at my 10yr old pine desk in my bedroom initially, maybe out in the shed weather permitting) relevant dyes, treatments, etc and relevant applicators basic carving tools (I do not plan on getting into this much but I guess it's always handy to be able pop a pretty border on something special) ___ I know the cost of starting a new hobby from scratch is always going to be a major consideration, but it seems leathercraft is even more so. Yes I know it's no good moaning to other people who have all been there/done that, but starting out on a shoe string is still likely to cost me upwards of £100 ($125 for you colonials ). Being the sort of person I am, often doing things on a whim, and generally cautious with cash, I do not want to go to the lengths that some do and get The Works in terms of equipment and materials to start with. I don't want to spend a small fortune on something if I don't end up getting decently into it to justify the cost. That said, it seems the general advice in terms of initial outlay is "get the best you can afford" and that's what I'm doing I suppose. I guess there are those out there who have started out with much less, and I have no need nor reason trying to justify what I'm doing. I guess in a way I'm secretly hoping that I get sufficiently good enough at the whole "leather thing" that in the long run I can start going to fairs, events, do made-to-order and the like, and be able to become (at least partially) self employed. But that's definitely a long way off. I think for me leathercraft will always be a matter of being on a shoestring, at least in the sense of trying to get the best from the least. I've always been enthralled by the way craftsmen of all disciplines in years gone-by have come up with ingenious solutions which even centuries or millennia haven't changed much, and as much as possible I want to keep what I do "low-tech": drawing up templates by hand rather than using PC software, using as traditional methods and tools as possible, and if possible trying to be authentic in style/process with any historical based pieces I produce. I (like to think) I am fairly good at improvising, and this will also keep costs down. Who needs a £40 edge slicker when a double-pronged piece of deer antler (free if you know where/when to look) will do? Or expensive black dyes if you can master the likes of vinegaroon and lampblack?
  9. Tandy Leather Craftool Deluxe Leather Skiver Tandy Leather #3795-00 Purchased in 2015. Still sharp and like new. $385 new. Asking $200. Manufacturers Description: This is one of the finest bench splitter / skiver manufactured today. When you see the plate steel construction of this splitter, you will know that it is ready for a lot of use. The 6" (152 mm) blade makes it great for shaving straps to a consistent thickness or just thinning down the ends for a buckle. Adjustments will let you set it to get the same results every time. Users' Perspective: Great for making collars, leashes, and bridles. Really speeds up production. I used this for about 6 months. I'm now doing jewelry professionally. Leather still a hobby, but thinning the tools out. Video of Tool by Tandy
  10. I have a tandy press (the red one) with the proper adapter and 9 out of 10 spots come out like the pic below. Anybody know why? I've tried both Tandy brand spots and spots from Standard Rivet (Both prong lengths.
  11. Looking at Black Friday doorbuster special at my Tandy with the Deluxe Splitter model on sale for $200. Is this a good deal or is the blade just not worth even that? I've heard (and experienced) some disappointment with Tandy tools but I've not purchased any of their higher priced items. Any thoughts about pros or cons I should think about before going for it? Thanks for the input. BTW reg prices listed at $550, gold $440, elite $385
  12. ALL PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING TO CONUS ASSUMING YOU ARE WILLING TO GIFT VIA PAYPAL TO AVOID FEES. All these tools are brand new except the VB Hawkbill, the tiger thread and the super skiver. CHEAPY HEAD KNIFE $FREE$ PLUS "SOLD" Tandy Pro stitching groover set with all the attachments $23 Crafttool adjustable groover $15 Tandy Super Skiver with 2 blades $12 Vergez Blanchard Awl handle brand new $10 CS Osborne Western edge beveler size 00 $30 Kyoshin Elle 3mm Diamond Awl (smallest awl they make good for 9spi+) Brand new SOLD Stitch spacing wheel 9spi $5 Vergez Blanchard Hawkbill Very sharp! $65 Spare L'Indispensable blades. One slightly used other brand new. $8 Cream and black ritza 25 0.8mm lots of thread left. $50 for both Gallery of items
  13. Howdy folks; New member here, first post. My name is Harvey Haines, I'm from Connecticut, and I've always wanted to try my hand at leatherwork. I'll be taking a hiatus and moving to Minneapolis in October, but for now I run a small glass and steel fabrication company. My current project is crafting banjo and guitar stands, an important feature of which is the intended use of heavy leather as padding at all contact points. It would be best to use leather from the U.S., but I'd go for an English leather if necessary. I've been thinking about getting Buffalo leather instead of cow, but I'm not knowledgable enough in availability, origins of materials, merits of different animals, etc. So, I figure I'll ask the experts here! The framework of each stand will be welded steel, with the leather being bolted on and largely stationary. However, the neck support will be, on at least one model, a 2" or 3" leather strap spanning the 4" or 5" gap between two pieces of steel. Rust, antique, or reddish-brown leather would offer a lovely color contrast against my steel frames, but I'm open to any good earth tones. My questions are these: Where can I reliably get American Buffalo leather in 8-10 oz? Is there a place to purchase S.B. Foot leather online and in small quantities? (My first big commission came from Red Wing Shoes, I've got a soft spot for the company.) Does anyone have an idea about the abrasion resistance of leathers? I've read that Chrome tanned leather has higher tolerances, but I'd like to stick with veg-tanned. Am I being too sentimental about the old-timey nonsense? Most of the cuts will be with a strap cutter, but I'll need to notch each piece of leather a few times. What would the optimum tool be for cutting a few 1"-2" straight lines? Head Knife? Shears? Alright, done babbling for now. I appreciate the help folks! Harvey
  14. Does anyone know if the lizard, ostrich, alligator remnants on sale on the online outlet store real or fake. They do also have a "genuine caiman flank" for sale, I just didn't know since the other remnants don't say genuine. Thanks
  15. Stohlman Maul Issue

    So I have had my al stohlman 2# maul for a couple years. The issue I am having is the metal collar between the handle and the poly head seems to be getting loose because as I work it rattles or rotates and its really annoying. any ideas on how to fix this? Can't really afford to buy a new one right now.
  16. Hello Fellow Leatherworkers! I know there is no substitution for Kangaroo lace, and it's with a heavy heart that as of January 1st of this year, California has once again banned the importing of Kangaroo lace. I've been using Y-Knot Lace for the last six months. They are and have been amazing. But, until my wife and I move to Austin, Texas, I need to get your opinions on what brand and type of lacing is second best to Roo lace. I've used the Premium Calf Lace from Tandy... it's so so and very inconsistent. Lately it has had a real hard, waxy feel to it. Any feedback and help would be greatly appreciated in this time of mourning. The majority of my leather goods incorporate lacing... to say I'm obsessed with lacing would be an understatement. Help me make the most of being a California resident for the time being. Thanks. All the best, Brett C.
  17. Hi, Brand new here to the site. I've been working with leather for a very short amount of time. I bought some of this "Woodland distressed pigskin" from Tandy. It works well for what I'm making. Someone has asked me to make an item for them and to somehow imprint their initials in it. I realize that it can't be stamped, but I was hoping someone had an idea of how I could add their initials. I'm a little desperate to find a way to do this, because people love the item, and the leather used to make it. I'm selling stuff to be able to keep up with this hobby that I've come to love! Please let me know if you have ANY ideas. Thanks!
  18. I have 9 bottles of Tandy-Fenice leather edge paint for sale - ideally to a fellow leatherworker in Europe, as I am located in Brussels, Belgium. The 9 colors I have are: Navy Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, Neutral (clearcoat, basically), White, Black, Dark Brown, and Light Brown. I bought these just a couple of months ago in October and November from Rickert Werkzeuge where they sell for €29.95 each. In this photo album, you'll see the paints themselves, and I am also including the two projects I completed with these paints - a phone case with orange edges and a black stingray handbag. Other than a tablespoon of the yellow and red and about 20% of the black, the rest of the paints were not used any more than on a sample piece. I am selling them because I am moving back to the US (didn't know that when I bought them all!), and filling my suitcase with these 9 bottles of leather edge paint isn't really an option! I'm not expecting to get back what I paid for them (which is/was ~€300), so if you're interested, just make an offer and let me know your location to calculate the shipping costs! Thank you! - RF
  19. Tandy Splitters

    Tandy just put their older model Pro Splitter (modeled after an Osborne #84) on the Outlet website for $249.99 online sales only and sporting a suggested retail price of $899. They came out with two newer ones. A 4 3/4 inch "High Tech" model and a 6 inch model with the fancy new Craftool Pro black rubber handle. Can anyone attest to improvements in these new models or is the older model a better deal? The older Pro Splitter is an 8 inch and comes with an extra blade. http://www.tandyleatheroutlet.com/p-383-pro-splitter-wextra-blade.aspx The new Procraft Deluxe Splitter https://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/3795-00.aspx $385 elite price.
  20. Terraflex Uses?

    Walked into the local Tandy store and found their new product TerraFlex. Tandy's description is: "TerraFlex is a high quality, solvent-free processed thermoplastic material. It can be used in sheet form or molded and shaped by heat (heat gun or hair dryer). When heated, TerraFlex can be bonded onto itself for when multiple layers are needed. TerraFlex is fully recyclable. Scraps can be repurposed by heating them together and rolling out flat again." Uses for TerraFlex: -Bag Stiffener -Pattern Template -Lining for Sheaths and Holsters -Masks Has anyone had a chance to play around with this stuff? Anyone tried combining it with leather into a sheath, or a purse? Do's or Don'ts? I'm just curious if anyone found a fun use for this stuff, or if it's worth attempting to make something out of. (Can you paint it?) Thanks, Corey
  21. Tandy Leather Trading Card

    Here was my entry into last years annual Tandy Leather trading card contest. I took 3rd place with this card and now it sits in the Tandy Headquarters Museum!
  22. They discontinued the Tandy Leather Market Place Handbag Kit. I am looking for the pattern that came with this kit. It is not included in the patterns you can download for this pursed from the Tandy site. I f anyone has this, I'll be glad to pay.
  23. Oval Punch Sizes?

    Does this confuse anyone else? It seems like the dimensions of the Craftool Oval Drive Punch are all over the map, tandy's listing is confusing, I think Amazon is just plain wrong... Tandy's site can't keep the numbers straight between the item details and the drop down item selection... I purchase from Amazon Tandy Leather Craftool Oval Punch #5 9/32" x 3/16"http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039LBIDU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and get this, which is definitely definitely not 3/16 by 9/32... 5/32 mayyyybe: This is too much headache, I think I'm just going to continue to use round holes for my belts...
  24. Hello, I have a dilemma. I am looking for a good brown to dark brown dye. I used fiebings pro oil dyes in the past with good results, but I do not like how toxic they are, and won't be using them. I looked into Tandy's Eco-Flo dyes, and in doing research, I found a leatherworker.net thread with a bunch of people talking about how they had ruined projects by the dye turning a greenish color, and I don't want to chance that. I actually spent a lot of time and effort brewing a batch of black walnut dye a few weeks ago, and I am not at all happy with the results. It takes WAY too many applications to get to dark brown, and WAY too much time (oiling, then waiting for it to dry, applying the dye, and waiting for it to dry, repeat). I have tried multiple ways of dying the leather with the black walnut dye, only to get disappointing results. Long story short, I would like a brown/dark brown low VOC leather dye that is not fiebings pro oil dye, or tandy Eco-Flo. Any suggestions? Thanks! Zayne
  25. Here we have some Leather Craft books for sale. How To Carve Leather 1952 Craftool Co. - $15 Ken Griffin's Scrap Book 1952 Craftool Co. - $20 Tandy Leather Black Powder Book by Gene Noland 1978 Tandy - $10 Black Powder Bags & Pouches 1985 Tandy - $10