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  1. Similar to this one https://www.ebay.ca/itm/110V-3500MW-DIY-Laser-Engraver-Cutter-Cutting-Machine-Printer-210-170mm/192437293179?hash=item2cce28107b:g:apIAAOSwLs9aaE4f But the seller I got it from was a lot cheaper and had a 5.5W laser ummm not really lol I'd like to keep it just in case
  2. I've retired mine. Not because there is anything wrong with it, but I got a bigger faster and more powerful machine. I didn't go crazy, I just went with the 2 legged free arm machine with a 5.5W laser with an almost 7"x8" burn area. I have a logo I burn regularly and my burn time decreased from 35 minutes to 4:15. Haven't tried it yet with cutting.
  3. 3 sides. use 2 for card slots - 3 on each one and then make a coin pouch on the remaining side
  4. I use these in a 4 and a 1 https://www.tandyleather.ca/en/product/pro-line-lacing-chisels-1-8-3-mm Premium calf lace in 1/8" https://www.tandyleather.ca/en/product/premium-calf-lace-25-yard-22-9-m-spool I prefer the lok-eye needles https://www.tandyleather.ca/en/product/lok-eye-needle-hook-n-eye-10-pk
  5. 1 thing I learned very quickly is that you do not want to mix and match Tandy snaps and someone else's dies. I bought a set of glove snap dies from aliexpress. Don't work for shit with Tandy glove snaps. I bought a pack of matching dies from aliexpress, and they work like a charm. And I use the dies with a 1T arbor press from Princess Auto.
  6. We used to have a member here that did a wicked set of videos on the Mexican Round Braid and had them on Youtube. Sadly he removed all of them. I used to have a site that described it but they seem to be gone too. 1 main thing to remember when doing the corners, make the corner hole and the 2 next to it larger by about half as the lace will go through those holes more. Each one normally goes twice, the 5 at the corner will go 3 - 3 - 4 - 3 - 3
  7. Don't see why not. Just need to watch where you are punching holes so you don't get in somewhere you don't want them
  8. I've done bifolds, trifolds and biker/long wallets with the Mexican round braid. Roo lace would be best but I've done it with calf lace and Imperial lace from Tandy
  9. If you can cancel your order, you really want 135x16 or 135x17 needles. the 134's are much too long but the 135's are only 1/8" and by doing the needle bar mod, you can make them fit. And regardless of what needle you use, you want them to just poke out the bottom so you can feel it on your finger but not break the skin.
  10. Personally, I always try to avoid stitching across when I do stitch the buckle one. Some will say it doesn't matter, some swear that it does weaken the leather. And like most, I use snaps or Chicago screws so that when the buckle breaks, you can swap it out for a new one. Second, and this is personal preference, but I always do an border 3/16" from the edge. I find it gives a more finished look than tooling right to the edge.
  11. I've used 138 myself with no mods. People that have done the mods can easily expect to use 207 and a few have reported to be using 277 with an industrial size 24 needle
  12. Are you cutting off the excess and peening the end over?
  13. I've had one almost a year and yes, 1 turn of the handle is 1 stitch. The slow speed is good for super control. Having both hands free to control the leather will be good with the slow speed
  14. I wold kind of do both. I would lay out where they are going, including holes, mark everything and then do the tooling. Then do any dye work before putting the conchos on.
  15. If it's veg tan then yes, it will burnish. If it's already dyed, be very careful. Been talking to a bunch of people that were sold what they were told was veg tan roo but is actually chrome tanned.
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