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  1. Tandy has one now also. My disclaimer is I have not looked into it yet. I just know it is $500 retail.
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    Timing marks on Durkopp 239?

    here is a link for a video that Uwe posted on another thread showing some of the timing info that is the same for your machine. He would probably be willing to help you if you reach out to him.
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    Stamp dilemma

    I'm a big fan of the older Craftool stamps for most stamps. Specifically pre 1969 Craftool stamps. Over the years I've purchased a tremendous amount of stamps, 99% of which I don't need but I enjoy collecting them. The older craftool stamps IMO opinion were just made better. I haven't searched for any in a long time as I hardly ever have time to tool anything anymore but when I used to but I would go on eBay and search "Vintage craftool stamp lot". This will probably bring you a couple hundred listings varying in size from 2 stamps for a few bucks to hundreds for thousands. So...due diligence. Many sellers will call any craftool stamp vintage because they know it is worth more if vintage. If you can not see the name and numbers on the stamp in the photos ask the buyer what the name says exactly. If the name on the stamp says Craftool Co. USA or Craftool USA it is post 1969. The pre 69 tools will say Craftool Co and either just a number (pre 63) or Craftool Co with a letter prefix and number (63-69). if you go this route check the pictures for nice clean heads on the stamps. There are plenty to be found. Exceptions to this for me is I like Barry King basket weave stamps and I am also a Fan for Sergey for geometrics and stuff you just can't find anywhere else.
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    Kevon Lee tools?

    Ive purchased irons from him on eBay. Good stuff. Been awhile since I ordered them so I don't really remember how long it took to arrive.
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    New to me Consew

    Yep...what whiz said on the servo motors with a pot over buttons. The only exception I've had is the servo motor used on my Cobra 4 but that would be overkill for your application. While your waiting for your new servo motor to arrive find a piece of foam and jam it under the foot pedal. Simple trick that helped me control my speeds with a clutch motor on a fast machine.
  6. And I'm betting using a airbrushing booth or similar 3 sided hooded work area would make it disperse even faster...
  7. Like I said earlier I use bilge fans. The average bathroom fan only moves 50-80CFM and cost in the $50 range. I went and looked up the two bilge fans I picked up. They are 270CFM each and unlike a bathroom fan the motors are sealed. I would compare the noise to that of a computer fan. the two drawbacks are they are 12V fans. I pulled an old computer power supply and it works great. The second drawback is a recommended run time for no more than 4 minutes. That is why I put in a second one so I can get 8 minutes if I'm doing a bunch of gluing. For the average project I'm spending about 1 minute spreading the glue max and few waiting for it to get tacky. if you go this route take some screen and put it over the intakes for the fan. They will pick up a piece of small leather and suck it in. I had to go out in the yard a few times to find pieces of my project. As for fumes, I smell nothing when using them. I'm using Seaflo 4". $30 each and they are specifically made for venting explosive fumes before starting a boat engine so the motors are completely sealed so the fumes can't detonate. They have a 4" PVC flange on each end so you can hook up a cheap dryer vent hose and run it anyhow you 2cents.
  8. Tom, Thanks for that but I must admit most of it was over my head. What I did understand is that I don't have to feel that I wasted my money on exhaust fans. I bought them for airbrushing but when I do use barge, which is only for high heat applications, I do it in my airbrushing booth so it ventilates. I was only half worried about blowing up...I was more worried about killing off the few brain cells I didn't wipe out in the 70's.
  9. While I do believe Fred that these explosions are probably a myth. I fell victim to the myth and made sure I set up my airbrush booth for lacquer paints with an explosion proof fan. The fans that are sold in the modeling/airbrushing are very pricey. Since one of my long time hobbies is boating I was aware of bilge blower fans. You can find them for $25-30 new all over eBay. I use two 4" ones with dryer vent hose attached. I then bought me some window screen framing material at home depot and made a frame to fit my window with a bracket to hold the vent hose. Put it and paint...remove when done. That all being said. I have great success with the original Weldwood glue that Home Depot sells. The newer stuff that does not say original doesn't work worth a damn..well at least for what I tried it on. The Original works good and has no fumes or smell.
  10. Can any one identify what model Landis stitcher this is from the photo and tell me a little about it and what it might be worth?
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    How I now straighten leather for strap cutting

    Good to see this post up revived again. It was a head slapper for me and I did steal the idea from Rocky. Makes it so much easier. I must say though, I thought I did a lot of straps running 2-3 hides a week thru my strap cutter. Holy Mackerel Rocky! How many straps you going through?
  12. While not impossible to use this patcher for what your saying you want to make it will be difficult. Holsters..probably impossible as the desired thickness will be more that the machine can handle. The other issue patchers is sewing straight lines. Unless you build a flatbed top for it and make edge guides it is very difficult to sew straight with this machine. As for advice on getting it up and running, you will need to post what it is and is not doing. What I would suggest is get it cleaned up and running good, sell it to help finance a machine that will fit your needs.
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    machine - belt or bench sander edges?

    I use one like the pic shown of the Harbor Freight one. The brand on mine is Wen but it looks like the same unit. I think I paid $70 for it at Walmart about 3 years ago.
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    Working with snake skin

    IMO it tastes way better than chicken!
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    7-34 Motor recommendation ?

    Do you know of any servo motors that are up to the task if money wasn't the issue?
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    7-34 Motor recommendation ?

    Good to know as I'm slowing putting together me 7-31. Was thinking I was going to buy a servo motor. Guess when I get it all set up I'll try it with the 3/4HP Hercules clutch motor I have sitting around. I've just been spoiled by servo motors I guess.
  17. What type off leather will you be using? If your working with veg tanned you may be able to do what you need with a belt sander.
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    Music score lines

    I would do it with a set of wing dividers.
  19. Yep. I notice though that while your willing to put down others recommendations, you do not recommend any product. What do you use?
  20. Everyone is welcome to their opinion. Having worked with leather for some time now I think you get your money's worth with Obenauf's. I've used it for a long time and have always been satisfied. A few years back there was a gentleman on this forum, his name was Ray, don't remember his user name. Anyway he did product testing and over the years amassed about every leather preservative out there. When he decided to call it quits and retire I bought a bunch of these products from him. Long story short. There where a few other products that passed a short term waterproofing test as good as Obenaufs but none that lasted as long. None that even came close to standing up to heat. An example is a product I make to protect a riders inner legs from the heat of a motorcycle engine. I tired Aussie, Belvoirs, Pecards, Bee Natural's, Effax, Nick's and probably a dozen more I can't remember. 90% of them would seep back out of the leather and burn and blister the surface under the heat of the engine in the first week. The other 10% in the first month. I never even knew this was a possibility as I had always used Obenauf's as it was suggested by a mentor. Anyway, I buy it by the gallon bucket and use it on pretty much anything I make that will see a lot of out door use. A little goes a long way...and for the record if you read up on it on their website you will find it's more than beeswax and honey. Anyway, I'm starting to sound like an infomercial...
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    Randell leather creaser 1887

    It makes lengthwise creases on straps...belts, etc. The rollers towards the left end are used to mold a strap to put a cord in between two layers. It's not a creaser as in something that folds leather.
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    Is Facebook now Vegan????

    Quote from Natalie Portman. “Only after I became active in women’s issues did I realize that my veganism was related to those very issues,” she told the crowd. “Dairy and eggs don’t just come from cows and chickens, they come from female cows and female chickens. We’re exploiting female bodies and abusing the magic of female animals to create eggs and milk.” All I can say is I'm glad I'm old and will probably die before this shit gets too crazy!
  23. IMO your looking for a unicorn to do both good. I have the Cobra version of the CB3200 and it is an excellent machine but it will struggle with anything under 6 oz. the problem is that the smallest needle and thread combo you can get away with using basically leaves you with not enough thickness to hide the knot. I honestly don't know of any machine that will sew both good. You need to decide what product you want to start with, either the garment leather products or the sheaths. Seeing your last post your making a good choice. you're going to love that machine!
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    Tandy Pricing Structure Change

    Got a leather from them today stating that starting today, the 29th they will begin their "Everyday Honest Prices" and that as a business customer I will get an additional 15% off. It's as I suspected for me. I called up the manager at my local store and checked what my new prices will be for the hardware I was still purchasing from them. My great deals are gone. She can no longer give me anything better than the 15% off. Guess it was nice while it lasted. I'll be ordering elsewhere.
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    Tandy Pricing Structure Change

    Probably not a good thing for me for the hardware items and dyes I still purchase at my local store. The manager there always gave us great deals beyond the business discount as we are their largest customer in the area. That being said, seems like every time I try to order some hardware they discontinued the item and I have been slowly finding other sources. Good prices are nice but when you have a product line that sells good you need to know the hardware your customers are used to will remain available.