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  1. JerseyFirefighter

    Wickett & Craig . . . does it normally take this long?

    2 weeks from W&C doesnt seem to bad. I recall that I waited that long if not longer for the few times I have ordered from them. My supplier is hit or miss when it comes to my materials that are in stock. I've learned to order at least a month ahead of time. If you want that tannery/distributors leather.. it takes what it takes. That said, asking what the turnaround time was during ordering would have saved a lot of headache.
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    Source for #12 copper washers?

    Fantastic! I purchase hardware from you folks already. I appreciate the response. I will be ordering now.
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    Source for #12 copper washers?

    Hello there. As with most hardware i've encountered a number of defects in #12 copper rivet washers/burrs. That has lead me to a considerable imbalance of rivets to burrs. I've seen a number of companies offer burrs only by the pound, but have struck out on #12s. Any insight as to where I may find a few pounds of these bad boys would be greatly appreciated. Not sure if there was a standard of fitment regarding size, or if a big box hardware website would stock what i'm looking for. Thank you in advance!
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    Help choosing a servo motor for a ferdco pro 2000

    Same with my Ferdco 2000. I run it max rpm for the most part. I did wish it was a bit faster for the long belt runs, but it suits my needs all the same.
  5. JerseyFirefighter

    Unique New Workspace

    So not your average show off post, however I had gawked over some of you fine people's work spaces for a very long time. I knew that my single car garage had far outgrown my needs and the hunt was on for a new home. I run my business out the house like most, and would not want to have it any other way. That said, the new house we found afforded me the whole basement as my own work space. Since this should be the one move I hope to never do again, I wanted to do it a bit different than most. I hired an artist out of Baltimore to do a custom epoxy resin pour for my floor. All told it was about actually cheaper than say a tile floor install. I added all new maple top tables, and racks to store my leather and hardware. The wire grid racks I had in my old place, but found good homes within the workshop. Not shown is the clicker die holder rack, and the new office desk and laser engraver setup. Thanks for looking! I'm still ridiculously pleased every time I walk down the stairs to put in a days work. Imgur link because the file sizes are too large.
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    VB Tools worth their price?

    I have a round knife from nash_anonymous. Amazingly sturdy blade. They also have varying grades of steel and types of handles.
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    Dull Weaver Master Tools Round Knife

    To add to some of these guys comments. The difference between a weaver knife and a handmade round knife from some of the go-to names (along with the price tag) is night and day. the tips on my weaver knife started to bend easily. I've purchased one and have been sitting on an order for two more for almost a year. Its a hard pill to swallow but man, what a difference between blade quality/durability.
  8. JerseyFirefighter

    Who’s got the best deal cb3200

    There typically are no "best deals" going on for new machines. A steal of a deal would be a private sale here on the forums if you happen to be so lucky to be within the vicinity for pickup. Otherwise you are paying the same freight charges to ship as a new machine. Not sure if both cobra and cowboy have a strict minimum advertised price (MAP) but it certainly seems so. Sewing machinery at this class don't normally have sales or price breaks.
  9. JerseyFirefighter

    Alphabet stamping on a Firefighter Shield

    Don't be afraid to charge more for your work. Your shields look great. Charging friends or coworkers was really hard at first. I had started charging material cost as a hobbyist because I just wanted to work with leather and get more practice in. There will come a time where you realize it's not just your friends, it becomes your friend's friends, and so on. At what point do you draw the line? I take care of my buds and coworkers, but I also no longer do it for free. Keep cranking them out. The more you do the more your skill improves.
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    What do you cut your leather on?

    Check for coupons. Craft stores like that usually have 20-40% off coupons regularly.
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    Knipschield Round knife

    Now I don't feel as bad. I ordered two and we are getting close to the year mark. Never had asked for an anticipated turnaround time, but figured it would be a while. I had ordered that and a standard round knife.
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    Firefighter Sewing machine

    Nope. Either Bonded Nylon or Poly thread. Certain aspects of NFPA such as turnouts require the use of fire resistant thread. After quite some searching through the standards, things like suspenders, shields, glove straps etc are considered accessories and do not fall under the scope of NFPA requirements.
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    Firefighter Sewing machine

    I had been down this road as you are now. I asked the question.. had a slightly higher budget. In the end, I came to the conclusion unless you are versed in older sewing machines or very handy I would not bother looking into older machines hoping both that they work, and that they fit your needs (also future needs). I eventually decided that the larger investment (although painful at the time) would pay greater dividends... to which it did and still does to this day. If you were still cautious in dropping money on some of the larger machines on the market (cobra 4, cowboy 4500, ferdco 2000) that you should consider looking into the model below. (Cobra 3, Cowboy 3500 etc). They are slightly more affordable and I have only had a handful of times where I needed to come close to matching out my larger machine doing firefighter or K-9 stitching. As it was pleasantly beat into my head by people like Wiz... is that coming in looking to sew 12-16oz leather with an older machine is not for the timid and uneducated in matters of sewing machines. You'll doubt yourself now, but if you are getting a chance to save some money made on your projects, I would advise to save a bit longer and lay out for a newer machine that a lot of us in the fire service leather world tend to grab. Bonus points are there are plenty of us that frequently discuss issues or problems on the same types of projects where we have had issues in the past. I've got a lot of money invested in my shop, still to this day as large purchases go, my sewing machine will always be the #1 upgrade in terms of productivity.
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    Ferdco Juki Super Bull 2000

    I've noticed the same with mine from time to time. Then again working out of a garage isnt the most insulated. I get light rust film on bare metal tool parts from time to time. I try to do my best to keep the tools oiled or with an occasional rub of paste wax, but that should'nt help the painted surface of the wheel. Not that having the same machine matters, but perhaps keep a dehumidifier in the space to compensate for those wet bouts.
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    Is there a font for Ivan Alphabet stamp set 8132-00

    Wouldn't that be a craftool set? Perhaps better luck searching for it under that name. I am curious as well as to name of font for larger letters and numbers.