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  • Birthday 07/16/1981

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    Family, firearms, and hot rods... And apparantly leather now.

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  1. Most things that I've made still belong to me. The few holsters, sheaths, etc. I've made for others, I guarantee them for life. But, since I'm just a hobbyist and all my customers are close friends or family, it's not that big of a deal. If you're selling a ton of holsters, perhaps Steven Kelley's advice would be better. If they've taken reasonable care of the holster it should be fairly obvious. If you get one back that got lost in the yard and hit with a bushhog, and they ask for a replacement, well... Perhaps there should be a 'negligent abuse' or 'reasonable care' clause in the warranty. Nooj
  2. Oh- I was mistaken about OTB... I thought they requried a tax ID or something. Thank you for that information! I believe my belt is 8/9 oz and a 4/5oz liner. The liner runs the full length, but is not in the fold where the buckle attaches (at the center bar). I may try it your way and see how it works for me. Also, I need a good oblong punch for the holes; That may also help it lay flatter across the buckle. So far, I used a round punch or drilled them, and tried to elongate them a bit. Thanks for the reply! Nooj
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    That is a beautiful holster. Excellent work!
  4. Thanks for the reply, Busted. The leather I'm using isn't abnormally thick- about 5/16" overall. Which, for a gun belt, isn't uncommon. I do understand that's a halter buckle; But I would like to find something similar in a larger size to use for belts and larger dog collars. The center bar buckles I've used from tandy are curved... but the wrong direction (the outside bars are almost closer to the wearer than the center bar, which accentuates the bulge). I really haven't seen anything much different from any other supplier either. OTB does have a lot of neat things though- I'd love to be able to order from them, but I'm not a business... this is just a hobby for me. Thanks, Nooj
  5. I've been searching for a center bar or double bar buckle that is either curved, or has the center bar set a little further back (toward the wearer) than the end bars. I can't seem to find them in any larger sizes- 1-1/2" in particular. The reason being- when running a 5/16" thick belt through a center bar buckle where all the 'bars' are somewhat in line, it creates a big ol fat bulge in front of the buckle. Also, it's a little more tricky to work a stiff belt strap through. Does anyone have an idea of where I could find one?? In case I haven't done a good job of describing what I'm looking for- look at the center bar buckle at the top of THIS LINK . Note the "curved" shape, which would relieve some of the bulge when using a thick belt. I haven't been able to find any like this in the larger size.... Thanks for looking- I hope somebody can help me out! Nooj
  6. Ha! That's a new niche market I haven't seen before. Pretty cool; although, like Sixer- my firearm handling mentality would make me feel wierd about pointing it at my head. Hmmm... maybe I'll make my ol' lady a holster for hers for Valentine's day ;-) Nooj
  7. They did take quite a while to get my entire order shipped to me. If you're in no hurry for your parts, or order far ahead of when you expect to need them, then it wouldn't be an issue. They are excellent quality though, I must say. I hope they work out their issues and continue making good quality fasteners. The fact that they're made in the USA is another reason I will use them (or their products, anyways- perhaps from a reseller). I'd rather wait five weeks for an order made right here in GA, than only five days for parts shipped from China. Nooj
  8. If you haven't wet formed it (if you're going to wet form it), then that might be a good time to smooth them out. I tend to do that too :-/ I also make a few fingernail marks when using my fingers to form. I haven't had any problems smoothing them out though. Good luck, Nooj
  9. Hey- cool jig! I bet it makes short work of the forming part. What thickness kydex are you using, and how sturdy is it? Thanks for sharing the pics. Nooj
  10. I know you can buy the clips... but an actual forming jig, I've never heard of. I think most companies would rather sell the clips than let folks in on how to make thier own. Maybe you're on to something ;-) I'd like to see some of your clips. Nooj
  11. Be sure to do your gluing, even and sand your edges, BEFORE you make your stitch grooves. I made the mistake of grooving before bonding the front to back and evening the edges... I didn't have as much extra on that back piece as I thought I did- so the space between my stitch line and edge is uneven, after I sanded the edges :-( Not fun! Nooj
  12. Ranch... Shop... Herman Oak leather.... beautiful leatherwork... I'm so dang jealous!! I have none of those! Great work- from where I sit, your need for improvement is in your eyes only; I think your work is wonderful. Nooj
  13. I feel your pain... I had the same thing happen recently. The guy I made it for happened to have a pistol that was slightly smaller than the one the holster was intended for; So now he's getting two holsters- the one I made too small, and the one I'm gonna make the right size. I think I was off by a 1/4... Nooj
  14. Great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing! I began watching your first 3 videos before I made any holsters and they were a tremendous help to see how the whole process goes. You have a knack for making it look simple and easy- and that helps new guys like me feel more confident in what I'm doing when I make a pattern/holster. Thanks again for putting in the time to make the vid and share with us :-) Nooj
  15. I'm a daddy, again! Levi is now 5 days old. Between him and my 3yo, me and mama be TIRED!

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