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  1. The M&P is going to be pretty close. But why not just use his gun? They don't make a mold for the SD9.
  2. 2 different shaped round knives- one for straight or more sweeping outside cuts and one for tighter inside cuts 1 small antique head knife for really tight inside cuts Montana Knife Company Speedgoat for small trim work and anything too tight for the head knife. I bought it for hunting, hiking, and fishing but it's so dang sharp it stays on my leather bench when I'm not carrying it. Gingher scissors for my 5 oz straps and loops. Utility knife for cutting patterns.
  3. I'll paraphrase my FIL, A craftsman does not have to make everything perfect, you just have to learn how to fix your mistakes. And I have figured out how to fix some doozies!
  4. I use them on the inside of suicide straps, thumb breaks, on the rare instance I can't talk my way out of them. I hate thumb breaks. But it keeps the snap off of the pistol.
  5. I've used acetone with some success. But my new plan is to buy it by the gallon and transfer it into 20 oz screw top plastic bottles. I bought a snap on lid that doubles as a funnel to empty the gallon of glue. Body Armor or Gatorade bottles work great. Those are strictly for storage. For use I transfer into a 4 oz squeeze bottle. I refill the squeeze bottle after every use to keep it full so it does not harden up. The screw top storage bottle will not harden if partially full. I'm currently on the same squeeze bottle and have emptied 2 of the storage bottles into it and the glue has stayed usable. The new glue seems to refresh the older glue. And the squeeze bottle makes application ridiculously simple. AmazonSmile: 8-Pack of 4 Oz Plastic Small Squeeze Bottles and Caps - BPA-Free, Latex-Free, Food-Grade - Great for Icing, Cookie Decorating, Sauces, Condiments, Arts and Crafts and More! : Home & Kitchen AmazonSmile: Shur-Line 1783844 Red Silicone Mess-Free Store and Pour Collapsible Gallon Paint Can Lid (2 Pack) : Tools & Home Improvement
  6. 2 cutting boards that I keep on my table pinched together. They hold belts and straps well enough to burnish them. Thought about making something but this works too easy.
  7. Did similar with the straps recently. Going to make a shoulder rig to carry my .357 hunting with them now. I don't care if it rubs off on the hunting gear. And I was using Olive oil, just used too much. Those straps sure are nice and soft though. The customer got all new straps. To the OP, try the resolene. If you used a light coat it might work. It stopped about 90% of the rub off after I over oiled my straps. I was surprised it did that much after Mop and Glo did nothing to stop it.
  8. Consistent leather? I've delivered $6,000 sofas with bug bites and barbed wire scars, even a few brands. Leather is a natural product. Used in that state, it will have some defects. If you want defect free you are looking at very selective cutting to avoid that, which increases waste. Or manipulating the process to hide or remove defects. Or a man made product. Some people not only understand that, they appreciate it. Other folks would be better served with man made products that are flawless or paying considerably more because the maker has to throw out more leather to only use the flawless parts of it. To me, the more perfect the leather seems the less natural it also seems.
  9. Oh yeah. Had a guy show me a mass produced holster he bought. He wanted something similar but they did not carry the color he wanted. He also wanted some tooling. I quoted him $100 since there would be a decent amount of hand tooling, and that WAS my family friend, local, cash discount price. He showed me the $42 price. I showed him the made in Mexico sticker and told him if I could pay someone pennies to do the work mine would be $42 too. He paid.
  10. Don't compete with cheap stuff. Don't compete for cheap customers. I'm not the best at that but I price my stuff based on my time, experience, quality, etc. Usually, if anyone takes the time to compare you can see the differences you are paying for. I'm not going to give my time away. I sell some of my simpler and cheaper stuff on ebay. Occasionally someone tries to make an offer if I forget to remove that option. I always turn them down. They always get mad and don't order. But I'm not accepting a low ball bid where I break even. Some customers you probably don't want. It's not a popular opinion but over the years I've developed a sense for it. And it usually involves trying to haggle down my price or asking for lots of options I'm not offering.
  11. This is true BUT If they are similar enough dimensionally that underlug could be built up easier than building a new mold.
  12. Let the leather dry thoroughly. Usually a few hours. Pull off extra thread, the ends get most of the transfer Keep the needles close to the ends, the thread at the needle gets a lot of dye. If your thread is soft look for a hard bonded nylon thread, The bonded coating does not pick up as much.
  13. I use 346 bonded nylon. Finally found a new source for the hard bonded natural. All my normal places have gone to soft bonded and it frays more than I like.
  14. Your 3.5 oz leather is the issue. They are using 8-9 oz shoulders. Thin leather will shrink more noticeably than thicker leather. But I'll sometimes have 8 oz shrink enough to surprise me after drying a molded holster front.
  15. Serrated shears and hide the edges under a layer of leather.
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