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  1. Quickbooks is a good option. Another alternative, if you are cash-strapped and willing to learn a little bit is GNUCash.
  2. Chris, Thanks for sharing - information like this is the result of a lot of research. Hope your business continues to grow. Cody
  3. Right here - Courtesy of CitizenKate. Good Luck. Cody
  4. iRack might get me sued, so I pass on that. Like the idea of a magnet, though. Might have to find one at Harbor Freight. Here are final pictures. I decided not to stain it, so here it is in use. Thank you to everyone who provided suggestions and ideas. Cody
  5. This is the problem I saw with a single block at the back of the bench unless there was a fairly steep angle involved. Hopefully the step design and angle on mine will be OK. If not, I'll have to make another one. Thank You Question: Can the tool rack be stained and varnished or should it be left raw? I am worried about getting something on the stamps and ruining a project on a humid or rainy day. Cody Here's what it looks like right now.
  6. Sam, Sorry about the confusion, I started putting the first design together and began thinking about a new improved version. I made some modifications to the first design, and it will look like this when finished: I am still debating the amount of angle to cut into the base of the tool block. I increased the hole size on the bulk of the block to 3/4", the largest I think can safely be drilled out of 1" soft poplar, and increased the spacing of the holes. There are some smaller, shallower holes on the bottom tier to accommodate some smaller tools. Should hold 230 - 250 tools depending on the shaft size of the stamps. If I make another like this I will use 2" wide tiers to allow for 1" - 1 1/2" holes. I have the blocks glued and ready to drill. Will post more pictures as I get farther along. Thank You for the advise and time. Ben, I saw the Sears Box when I initially read that thread, but I missed the boxes you made. Thanks for pointing those out. The redesign in revision two was strongly influenced by hidepounders pictures in the post after yours, but I am working on my first variation. My wife will lose patience if I start to many projects at once! Thank You, Cody
  7. Sam & Ben, Here is a new drawing based on my understanding of your suggestions and from looking at some others on the forum. Opinions, ideas? All the ideas are appreciated. Thank you for your input and time. Cody
  8. Good point. I thought about the space issue, but have no idea what is ideal. I went with 1" staggered from level to level so the stamps would not be stacked on top of each other. Currently it will hold 150 tools plus small items in the troughs. Should I open the spacing up a bit? If so, what would you suggest? Thank You. I started this tonight, so here are some beginning pictures. All of the wood is a little long, and I will have to cut the angle on the bottom of the main block after I glue it up and drill the holes on a drill press. All the pieces are rough sanded, and I put biscuits joints 1/2" off of the bottom of both sets to keep the pieces from walking when clamped. Raw Material. All leftovers from some job in the past. Rough cut, sanded, and put together dry to make sure it works. Biscuit joints to prevent movement during gluing. Cody
  9. Dwight, This does seem easier! Never thought of using a tube to drill in soft material. Thank you for a great idea. Cody Aaron, An excellent suggestion. I thought of boxing it in with 1/4" material, but not just making it a block. This makes the front troughs more accessible as well. Thank You, Cody
  10. ferg, I like the idea of a solid piece to fit the back of a worktable, and I have some rough cut oak I could plane down and use, but I am still in the beginning of my learning process. I have several options for making a work area and want to keep things portable until I have a some experience and ideas on how I would like things laid out permanently. I appreciate the answer and the suggestion. Thank You, Cody
  11. I saw this post by Cattle Hide and redesigned the pictured tool holder to meet my current needs. I intend to build it out of unfinished poplar, as I have plenty left over from other projects. Anyone have any advice or see any major problems with this design before I start gluing wood together? Thank You, Cody
  12. My experience other than using for the "pigs", is sometimes in upholstering the seats on an auto. They could be used for a multitude of "holding" needs. ferg Ah, I know someone who does upholstering. I will see if he can use them. On a side note, I appreciated your post about the difference between Columbus and Cincinnati Tandy stores. I was planning to go to Cincinnati and on to Jungle Jim's, but after reading the post you started I went to Columbus instead. The gentleman who assisted me was very helpful, and I came home with 75 sq ft of hide out of the 1.99 stack. Not premium leather, I know, but it will be great to practice and learn on - thank you. ______ Don't know what use for leatherwork. You install them on (not in the septum like a bull) a pigs nose to keep them from rooting. They can still do most everything, but the rings keep them from digging with their snouts. Big boars sometimes require two or three of them. Sometimes this is a requirement if you are letting them forage on government land. Art I remember - it is amazing what a pig can destroy with their snout. ______ The hog rings are used in upholstery work on car seats. Using them on a pigs nose must be considered cruel! Maybe, but letting them destroy things (like the neighbor’s corn field as they have no respect for property lines), or be killed on the road because their rooting destroyed the fence, is not responsible ownership either.
  13. Hello Everyone and Happy New Year, My wife purchased a set of vintage tools for me for Christmas, and these two boxes of pig rings and the installation pliers were part of the kit. I remember dad using these when I was young, when he put pigs out in a dirt lot. Can anyone tell me what they are used for in leather work? Ornamentation? Thank you to everyone who post information and ideas on the forum. Being completely new to working with leather, I have had a great time looking through the posts and learning. Cody
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