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How I now straighten leather for strap cutting

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Recently I came up with an improved method for straightening up leather before being cut into strap lengths. This is a short video that I hope some of you may find useful until something better comes along.;)

 

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Sheesh, I watched the video and had a slap the forehead moment...

Thank you RockyAussie

Harry

Edited by hwinbermuda
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Very nice! Will have to remember this when I have a bigger shop :)

 

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Excellent! Now I need a longer table. And room for a longer table. 

Jeff

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I'm heading out to the shop now to see if i've got the raw materials on-hand to build my own. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Very nice . Thanks..

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Simple, accurate, efficient...wonderful!!

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Awesome! Is the top lined at all so it doesn't scratch the leather?

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3 hours ago, BlakesBlades said:

Awesome! Is the top lined at all so it doesn't scratch the leather?

@BlakesBlades No, I have not had any slipping problems that have allowed the leather to scratch. A light layer of latex glue on the underside might be a further improvement though.

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14 hours ago, hwinbermuda said:

Sheesh, I watched the video and had a slap the forehead moment...

Thank you RockyAussie

Harry

Your welcome. I wish I had thought of it several thousand straps back though:wub:

 

7 hours ago, JazzBass said:

Simple, accurate, efficient...wonderful!!

My wife agrees on the simple part at least .....as far as I go anyways:P

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This is awesome, but space prevents having one for now...:unsure: so for now, a long straight edge and an expandable table makes it work

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Yep, we're all dumb. Good grief.

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Thanks for sharing Rocky.

Great idea,i was using a stripe of aluminium ,but it is too light moves and is not pinned with screws,so thanks for that idea.

Nice sharp round knife too 

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Adding that to the "when I have a cutting table" list. Thanks!

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On 12/30/2018 at 3:57 PM, RockyAussie said:

@BlakesBlades No, I have not had any slipping problems that have allowed the leather to scratch. A light layer of latex glue on the underside might be a further improvement though.

Thanks!

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2 minutes ago, BlakesBlades said:

Thanks!

Your welcome:)

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23 hours ago, noobleather said:

Thanks for sharing Rocky.

Great idea,i was using a stripe of aluminium ,but it is too light moves and is not pinned with screws,so thanks for that idea.

Nice sharp round knife too 

People on this here forum would chuck me off if they see how I sharpen it:wub: ...but it does take less than a minute and doing a hundred at a time I only need to polish it on the rag wheel maybe 2 sometimes 3 times.

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13 minutes ago, RockyAussie said:

People on this here forum would chuck me off if they see how I sharpen it:wub: ...but it does take less than a minute and doing a hundred at a time I only need to polish it on the rag wheel maybe 2 sometimes 3 times.

HOW DARE YOU, YOU RAPSCALLION!!!!

:yeah:

 

Oh, sorry, I meant, whatever works for you.

I find stropping on carborundum, then on flesh side works for me. Also sharpening knives is massively theraputic as you really need to conentrate, and empty your mind of the extraneous claptrap, or you'll need help picking up your fingers.

:oops:

H

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Nothin more than you can see here

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theraputic ?? comes later:cheers:

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Can you show us exactly how you fasten down the far end of the strap iron please?  I've been on the verge of putting together something like this, and if I don't have to "reinvent the wheel", so much the better.  Thank you for sharing with us.

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7 hours ago, Big Sioux Saddlery said:

Can you show us exactly how you fasten down the far end of the strap iron please?  I've been on the verge of putting together something like this, and if I don't have to "reinvent the wheel", so much the better.  Thank you for sharing with us.

Happy to help @Big Sioux Saddlery. Note that the steel is just mild steel and with a less than level top surface it will flex up and down with the table curves a bit.

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This end gets done up tight but can still swivel a bit

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Note that it hangs over the edge a little maybe 1/8"

The other end just buts up to a screw and depending on the leather thickness may want adjusting up or down a bit.

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The leather split at the back I just glue down temporary and it is an important part to stop the hide from sliding around. 

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Around a 1/4" back from the steel should work alright

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The table is just an 8x4' chipboard with a bit of HDPE sheet on top. The rest is just 1+1/4" boxing I welded up.

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Thanks for the detail. Wanna bet that we're all trying to find a place/space in which to use this? ;)

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A door should be long enough...set it up so you have loose pins in the hinges and lay it down on some horses when you need it. The steel could stay hung up with it as well.

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You sir are full of brilliant ideas. Thanks for sharing. 

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