Smd1973

1.5” deep split

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Looking to split a leather belt tab so I can insert a piece of cotton webbing into it. I’d like the split to be about 1.5” deep into the tab and then reverse the tab out of the machine. Will a hand crank splitter like a Master Tools splitter accomplish this?  I’ve been looking on YouTube but I haven’t seen anyone reverse a piece of leather out of the splitter. Everything I see only shows a piece of leather being fully split. Anyone have any advice?  Thank you!

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I found this to be brilliant - no splitter required!!
Not sure if it fits your purpose, but you'll love it anyway ;)

 

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Not sure what you mean by reversing it out of the machine?

Any one of the standard skiver splitters can do what is called a tapered skive.

The hand crank machines are made specifically for splitting the whole piece.

As jazzbass pointed out...... Knife skills can accomplish a lot of different work.

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Are you making a cotton webbing belt with leather ends?  1 1/2 inches isn't very far.  If it's thick veg tan you should be able to get reasonable results with a sharp utility knife and a little patience.  Just watch your fingers.

Another way would be to use a thinner leather on both sides of the webbing.  Maybe add a middle layer so the leather doesn't have a big bump where it covers the webbing. No splitting required and you can have the smooth side out on both sides.

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