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    Hunting dog training gear, sheaths, kids toys
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    Tooling, custom lettering, machine sewing
  1. heydox

    Best top coat for back quiver

    Resolene does tend to want to bubble up over tooling. Cutting it 50/50 and using soft, long strokes of the brush to apply 2-3 separate thin coats will give you a much better experience with the resolene. Your leather balm with atom wax can be a good finish coat. Of the 3 finishes you’ve mentioned you have, resolene is the only “sealer” in the bunch.
  2. heydox

    Best top coat for back quiver

    When you tried the resolene did you cut it 50/50 with water? If not, I’d suggest giving that a go, the finish will be much cleaner.
  3. The trick is to walk your stitch right to the edge of the thicker portion. Stop needle down and then raise the presser foot lever. Take a piece of leather, or any stiff material the same thickness as the increase of the additional leather, and place it at the rear of the needle and lower your presser foot. Continue stitching and your presser foot will walk cleanly off of the wedge onto the thicker section.
  4. heydox

    Making a maul - question?

    Looking great, nice progress! I’m excited to see that setup with a leather handle.
  5. heydox

    Making a maul - question?

    Thanks @GRod I did mold mine in a metal tumbler glass that was just the right taper. I did end up having to do a decent amount of sanding to get a smooth finish. A lathe would have been nice. I put in on the threaded rod and chucked it up in my drill press. Used that same trick on a chunk of leftover walnut that became the handle. The finish pieces are plated steel, not even sure what they were originally made for but I found them at Home Depot. The HDPE is light enough that the plates were definitely needed to get the weight up.
  6. heydox

    Making a maul - question?

    You should really like it, HDPE holds up really well. I made one a few years back and have been really happy with mine. I can’t recall which maul I patterned my piece of HDPE from, but it is 2 1/2” tall by 3” diameter.
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    What went wrong?

    Olive oil like any other animal/plant oil can go rancid. If you do want to use it in place of nfo, choose an extra virgin olive oil from a company you feel confident is giving you a quality oil. Extra virgin should mean you are getting a pure, cold-press olive oil without additives, but like anything else, those two words on the bottle aren’t a guarantee. Honestly though, you’ve gotten your answer to the cracking problem- a quality, wetted leather won’t need a coat of nfo or evoo to make a bend like that. I would only suggest a light coat of oil if you continue to use the water-based dye, they do have a reputation for “drying” leather. I’d recommend making the switch to Fiebing’s oil dye.
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    Machine maintenance/repair advice

    Sorry I can’t give you a good answer about a source of information for your machine, but I can tell you that you are most likely experiencing a timing issue with your shuttle hook. This is the first thing I’d check in troubleshooting your problem. Wish I could direct you to a YouTube video on checking and adjusting timing for your machine, but I’m not familiar enough with your specific machine to know the right video when I see it.
  9. I would suggest Barge all-purpose cement. I have used it for years to attach fabric linings and never had any complaints. It is definitely a flexible adhesive. If I can also make another suggestion... when you do glue your felt to the leather I’d recommend positioning the pieces as if the flap were half-opened. If you glue the pieces flat and then bend the flap completely closed I’m imagining the felt will pucker along the bend in the flap.
  10. Looks to be a copper rivet burr setter.
  11. heydox

    Dye Rubbing Off

    I would suggest vinegaroon. It will not rub off like the USMC black dye because it chemically changes the leather rather than dying it black. It will take a couple days to have a batch ready, but it is a time proven way to get a very rich black.