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    Woodworking, furniture-making, leather upholstery, motorcycle seats, luthiery (guitar-making), guitar straps, holsters and rifle slings

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  1. For anyone interested in making their own micro-tools cheaply, including chisels and awls, I buy music wire from local hobby shops, where it is commonly sold for control rods and such for a few $ a stick in various diameters. They are high-carbon steel that is easily cut, worked and hardened with modest tools and a blow torch. You can flatten a rod by heating and hammering it on an anvil or other hard steel object, or use a grinder or sander to rough shape before hardening. Otherwise you might overheat and ruin the temper. To harden, heat the tip using a blow torch until bright orange for a couple minutes. Then quench in oil (I use olive or vegetable) -- this helps with rust. I'm not sure if it's necessary to temper such small items that aren't subjected to high breaking stresses. Sometimes I heat them in a toaster oven for a few hours, also in oil to stabilize and distribute the heat.. Finally, use a wet stone or water wheel to sharpen.
  2. That's a great-looking bag! Nice work.
  3. I would not even attempt this on modern, all-plastic sewing machines. I used to sew 2-4 layers of 2-3 oz upholstery leather with an old Singer 301 (before I bought my Consew 206RB-5), but it has metal gears. You are likely to break it.
  4. The HF deluxe airbrush kit is pretty nice. I did a review of it a couple years back: http://glennaycockwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/07/review-harbor-freight-deluxe-airbrush.html You can pick it up on sale for anywhere between $10-20 pretty frequently.
  5. The smaller bushing works quite well. I would make a few more if I was producing enough to justify it.
  6. No, those look like solid pigments. They used to carry Behlens powdered aniline dye. J.E. Moser's is probably equivalent. http://www.constantines.com/behlensanilinedyepowders.aspx
  7. Not likely, as vinegroon tends to wick through the leather grain under the surface.
  8. Your steel plates may be flexing or shifting ever so slightly in the rails, since the jack applies pressure only in the center of the plate. You might consider some 1/8 x 1" steel bars arranged vertically and perpendicular to the plate (like a grating) to distribute the force more evenly.
  9. Stupid upload limits...sorry only one pic
  10. To save time, I bought a stock bushing from Tippmann for $15. It's the same size as the Tandy one (1-5/8"), although the actual dimension measured 1.6". Last night i turned it down to 1.54". This seems to be a good diameter for the 10-12oz Latigo I was embossing. Again, it entirely depends on the diameter of the embossing wheel and thickness of leather. I haven't asked Tippmann yet whether they would consider selling a graduated set of bushings, but I suspect they might. Good luck.
  11. I have a 90's vintage stock, cast-iron Boss that I bought a couple months ago. It is in excellent condition and works great, but unfortunately is not what I need. Includes the original manual, case with extra bobbins, needles, and another presser foot. $1000 obo + shipping (or pickup) Located in Houston. Will try to get pictures up tonight. PM if interested.
  12. Just curious if anyone else has tried skiving with a drum sander. I have been wanting to skive the ends of my belts where they fold over. I don't have a skiving machine or even a knife, but I do have a drum sander. So I tried a simple experiment to reduce the thickness by half. It worked quite well. I raised the drum up and inserted the belt about six inches from back to front, lowered the drum until it grabbed the belt + 1/2 turn. Then I turned on drum and let the conveyor belt slowly carry the belt through. It worked beautifully. The only issue is that the grain sided needs to be protected from the abrasive conveyor belt.
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