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About billybopp

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  • Birthday 07/06/1964

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    Strap goods, cases, etc.
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  1. billybopp

    Problems with access to

    It may well not be Tandy that is blocking access... It could be your country. That has been known to happen! - Bill
  2. Yup! More than one utility knife is a great idea for sure. It doesn't work around here, tho. I have several lying around, and just two that i try to keep reserved for leather work. Yet somehow, with the ones reserved for "around the house" lying right out in plain sight, I always find my hidden leather knives out used to open packages all the damn time. Amazing! - Bill
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    Chink Chaps for My Sisters

    I have to wonder if P.D.Q. Bach's suite for trombone and strings in G is in your repertoire? - Bill
  4. Patchers were mostly used by cobblers, and you'll still find one in just about every good cobbler's shop. They are meant for patching shoes and such, back when folks actually fixed rather than replaced. The arm is very long and skinny to get into tight places. The feed is from the top only, and can pivot 360 degrees so that you can change sewing direction while the arm is still buried in a boot or such. That pivoting head / feed makes them pretty useful for a lot of odd situations. They aren't necessarily something you'd want for the majority of your sewing needs, but for those certain situations, there isn't any other type of machine that can easily do them. - Bill
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    Congrats, Ferg!! Now you've got more to love!
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    My machines

    How much are you asking for the FFAFP and the PPOKRUD?
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    Checkbook Holder Pockets

    Check out this thread, I think you'll find some answers there.
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    Best strap cutter?

    My draw gauge is a Civil War era H.O. Sauerbier with a modern CSO blade, since the one that came with it was down to pretty much nothing. The Osborne blades really are terribly pointy, so I filed it down and dulled it near the tip just so it wouldn't be quite so dangerous. It really was scary before that, but not now: And it works great! - Bill
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    Best strap cutter?

    Blood on your work is just another form of "customization".
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    Making a maul - question?

    Awesome project! I started tooling with a rawhide mallet which worked OK for me, but eventually I wondered what all the hubbub about mauls was, so picked up one of the $15 Chinesium mauls from eBay and found that I liked it. Next I tried a couple of Shopfox mauls that I found on sale really cheap, but the rubber coating was a little too bouncy for tooling leather sadly. I eventually found a heavier used maul for a really good price on eBay and bought it .. I think it's a Weaver with a foam handle but don't see a name on it anywhere. Love it but it's too heavy for tooling but works great for punches and such. My leather working mauls are about 3 to 4 inch diameter for the head. The heavier they are, the bigger the head seems to be. As I understand it, a straight maul is used when you tool with your elbow up high so that the head hits the tool squarely. A tapered maul allows you to rest your elbow on the table and still hit the tool squarely. - Bill
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    Printable gun blanks

    It's getting there. Right now, it looks like one of the better scanners for this type of work is about $1400 - Not yet cost effective. But, several weeks ago I came across a vid on YouTube about 3D scanning using a cellphone camera and software. Unfortunately I can't find that again, but IIRC the price was pretty reasonable. Whether that type of scan would provide the level of detail you'd want for a dummy gun or not I can't say ... But the technology is getting there!! - Bill
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    I suspect that one factor contributing to short incomplete answers could be attributed to people more and more using phones and tablets rather than computers with real keyboards! Lets face it, onscreen keyboards are a pain to use! I know I'm more inclined to comment when not using a mobile device. - Bill
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    Sheridan tote bag

    tooling took 66 hours... the whole thing took a little over 100 hours... Yes... I'm a very slow leathercrafter! ... If slow gets you that kind of results ... then by all means go slow!! - Bill
  14. The belts are looking good @mogwild! I bought the same embosser and a bunch of rolls several years ago when Tandy was discontinuing it, and love it! I've done a number of belts, but there are other uses for it as well. The nice part about this design is that you can run larger pieces of leather through it to emboss the edge! Below are some pics of mug wraps that I've made using the embosser for edges,3D stamps, letter stamps, carving and tooling for the center part: One of the first things that I did with my embosser was to make these little boxes to keep the rolls and small bits like keys in. They are each embossed with the roller that they contain to make them easy to identify. I've attached a picture below . Rolls like the barbed wire are great for borders on skinnier items, and there is probably a plain line roller included with it to leave a nice edge crease, or even make a stitch line. It looks like you have the majority of the original Tandy rolls, so keep your eyes open for new ones (if you're interested). Bunkhouse tools has some inexpensive rolls that will work but the fit isn't perfect so you may need to use a bushing to help keep them from wobbling. They sell on eBay, as do others selling both new and used brass rolls, so give that a look. Just one more thing, be sure to keep the roller shafts dry and even oil them a bit. They are steel and will rust easily. Happy Embossing! - Bill
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    Antique C.S. Osborne draw gauge

    Blades for these metal draw gauges are pretty much universal, and fairly inexpensive at about $10 from C.S. Osborne. I have a Civil War era Sauerbier draw gauge, and bought a CSO replacement that fits perfectly. It will need some sharpening, and I suggest rounding off the end of the blade a bit for safety. Alternatively, Terry Kinpschield offers a blade for $45 that will arrive razor sharp. - Bill