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    draw down strap pattern

    There is one in the Stohlman saddle-making book Vol 1, if you have it. I could scan the page if no one has one handy to send. -John
  2. I have always used regular solvent-based rubber cement (mostly toulene-free Barge blue can) to glue fleece to saddle skirts, but I'm getting tired of the fumes. I long ago switched to Aquilim 315 as my contact cement, except for using Renia Top Fit solvent cement for wet leather, so wonder about a switch to Aquilim rubber cement. Renia has two types of "rubber cement" - the GL and SG products. Anyone know which one would be best for fleece? I'm guessing the more permanent GL bond would be stronger, but wonder if future saddlers will be able to easily remove it in 10-15 years to replace a fleece? The SG cement seems to have a weak bond suitable for very temporary applications like sewing, so I wonder if the fleece would lift off the skirt with use. What do you think? Aquilim GL or SG for fleece gluing? --John
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    Wet moulding 9 oz or 10 oz leather

    I've molded phone cases, knife sheaths and gun holsters (pistols, rifle) using Stohlman's methods as described above, but use a bone folder for sheaths. I soak only for less than a minute in warm water, then let case an hour or so for sheaths. For holsters I stick the gun in a few minutes after setting then shape with fingers. Leather weights are from 6-9 oz. -- John
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    Rex Riveter for sale

    Sold a while back. -John
  5. Not sure what the Boss can handle, but I use 346 or 277 on top and 277 bottom. -John
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    replacing a suede seat

    Here's a photo. She wants top grain leather but no stitching (good). The padding feels OK. I'll decide on replacing padding when I disassemble, but probably should replace since it will be apart. I've read about padding others use, but not sure of the best option. A question - could I get away with not pulling the seat off the cantle dish and still lift it enough to hand sew? -John
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    replacing a suede seat

    Glad to find this old topic. I've managed to not fix any seats, but want to do a favor for one of the young kids in our club. A learning experience! I've made a few saddles but never with an added seat leather or padding. Keith's instructions are good, but a couple questions. Can I use rubber cement effectively instead of contact cement? Stohlman uses rubber cement in his saddle making book. Seems like rubber cement is more forgiving w a novice like me, but I wonder about sticking over the life of the saddle. Seems like it should w a rider sitting on it? Stitching repairs is always tricky getting in the old holes. Any tips for doing that? I have a machine, but can hand sew if best. - John
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    Saddle Makers in Oregon

    I'm in Washington so don't know much about your area. But, there's Pedro Pedrini at Hamleys in Pendleton. You might ask at Oregon Leather store in downtown Portland. They also have a leather shop. --John
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    Covering a saddle-maker's stand?

    Thanks! -John
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    Covering a saddle-maker's stand?

    Thanks for the photos -a great illustration. Under the leather covering is the shaped styrafoam you mentioned? -John
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    Covering a saddle-maker's stand?

    Thanks for the good advice, guys. Still a work in progress as the tree came late and the weather has been great for outdoor ventures. I used a horse blanket to give some shape and lift to the front, but I'll rethink that based on your advice. --John
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    New Tool Rack Question

    I'm not tooling all the time so I keep most stamps in tool rolls I made from a pattern in Leathercrafters Journal. Handy and saves a lot of space. I have a small wood holder for swivel knives and stamps I'm using on a particular project. I love the Ferris wheel design though! --John
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    Skirting source

    I buy #1 HO skirting from from Montana Leather and most else from Hide House. Both give great price and service, and you can get a business discount. -John
  14. I had this saddle-maker's stand built on top of a salon chair. I'm trying to figure out how to finish the top. One thought was bark sheepskin overall and doubled in wither end for a bit of lift. But, then it felt a bit too soft when I pressed down on my new saddle tree. Any suggestions? --John
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    Other saddle making forum?

    I've followed that forum for a few years and it seems like activity has dropped recently. However, there is a wealth of information from many years of discussion. You likely will find the answers in old discussions if you search. --John