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 Hi all,  I have a question about belt lining and double layer belts?  I bought some belt lining straps from Springfield Leather last year.  The leather is great.  My problem is that its wider than the belt blank. I tried using a strap cutter, but it hard to get an even straight cut. Would you glue the two straps together and than trim the sides with a knife?

Thanks for listening, Seabee

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Yep. Dye,stamp, tool whatever you are gonna do to the belt first. Then glue the back layer on. Up to where the belt slot is punched. Then you don't have to skive the turn back. If you don't dye the back side and just topcoat it you don't have to worry about any dye transfer/ruboff. Also punch the holes last. Then you get nice clean back side.

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That’s what I would do but don’t be afraid to be creative.  I’ve seen belt where the lining leather is wider than the upper.  It looks neat and accentuates the look.

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