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DONAG

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  1. I had the blade ground last year as it was not flat and main face has a 30 degree bevel. Still flat and I do occasionally do the face with my water stones with 1000/4000 grit. I usually spend about an hour doing the face of the blade to make sure Thanks DON
  2. I used to put a micro edge on my splitter blade (Tandy splitter), but found it hard to pull the leather though. I thought like my woodworking blades. I was taught to hone the main face and then apply a fine micro edge at the tip. Works fine for that, but not so much for leather. I made a strop from a hard piece of leather and glued it to a wood board and tried a micro angle that way and still not great. Decided to try heavier angles and found about 60 degrees creates a better cutting edge. Odd that this angle didn't work for a soft leather I have, but sliced through pretty much everything else Curious what angles others sharpen at? Thanks DON
  3. My 7/8" and 1" are Osborne. I have a 3/4" from Jeremiah Watt which is close to perfect width wise as it's a shade over 20 mm Vergez Blanchard sells in MM's, but again. Length or is it width? Unfortunately. They charge a lot extra with each size increase, so way out of my price range anyways Thanks DON
  4. Many years ago. I bought a 1" punch from Tandy and a 1 3/16"" punch arrived. Thought someone made an error, so ordered a second and got the same width. Bought a 1" from another company and was told by seller. If company says 1". It's 1". Well it's 1 1/16" 7/8" from same company is of course 15/16" The measurement given is actually from the tip to the back end and maybe I'm missing something, but who cares about that? If you advertise 1". Why is it not 1" wide? I work in MM widths, so those added inch fractions end up slightly wider than the MM size I do need, but have no choice but to use them Maybe someone could explain why the front to back measurement? Thanks DON
  5. Posting on the ending of this topic. Bought 4 springs which cost a couple of dollars. $13.00 by UPS to ship to Florida where they sat until today I screwed a hook into a piece of wood, placed a second as a brace and used a double coil of stitching thread to pull the new springs out and all is good. Tool back to working order DON
  6. Hi Brian, 40 mile round trip. I figure you need a stretching tool which hooks the spring and pulls it out. I can probably make something up or look around in my mess of parts. Just didn't think the spring would be that tough or break that easily Thanks DON
  7. Splitter Part 2 I assumed Tandy would not have spring s (don't have spare blades), so I removed the second spring to measure dimensions. Based on the design (round end one side and square the second). Nobody would carry this, so tried to place it back on the tool. Very difficult. Spring steel and tried to stretch it out with needle nose pliers and on the third attempt. Broke the second spring Called Tandy and manager did a check with the head office and they have extras, so asked for 4 of them. Will have to come up with a new method to stretch the spring out with less stress on the end. For now. Makeshift repair with short rubber bands and bent metal clips from a thick paperclip DON
  8. Thanks Tom, Closest store is a bit of a distance from me, but site didnt have the size needed they did give me the name of the type of spring, so can search for them elsewhere thanks DON
  9. Working on some leather when I hear a ping and turns out one of the springs for the roller pressure plate snapped. Still have one spring and I suppose it will work as well as two Has anyone found parts for this tool? I emailed Tandy when my blade had a warp and they said they didn't carry spare blades (odd for a $300 retail tool not to have spares), so I'm guessing that they won't have springs either Tried bending, but not enough on the end to work Here's the image and you can see the spring. What can be done to replace if not available? Thanks DON
  10. I just checked and the 151 is an elongated hole punch I'm looking for an English Point tip punch listed as 150 on a site Thanks DON
  11. Years ago I bought a 1" Tandy punch. Turns out it was 1 3/16ths" wide at the opening. Thought someone made an error and ordered another which was the same size. Seems it's measured from the tip to the back edge which seems kind of stupid Been using it for 26, 24 and 22 mm, but angle gets worse by the time I use for 24 and 22 mm I figure an opening of 25 mm or 1" should be OK for the 2 smaller widths If anyone can measure one of theirs. I'd appreciate it. Thanks DON
  12. I have a Tandy splitter, but don't pull anything wider than 28 mm through it. Too much of a struggle. I wrap a folded piece of leather at the end and clamp it with a vice grip to pull leather through. I hone the blade on my water stone and then strop a sharper edge on the tip. I've thinned leather down to .5 mm with it. Leather has a grain (sort of) like wood. It might stretch one way, but not the other. I pull along the edge to see if it stretches. If it doesn't. I cut the leather that way. If it does. I cut across. This prevents leather from stretching out which I try to avoid on leathers with patterns or it pulls the pattern out of the surface. Leathers that are too soft will stretch regardless of direction pulled when they reach a certain manual splitting thickness, so best to have the leather split if ordering from a tannery DON
  13. Thanks Bill. As mentioned though. I do various widths and tapers, so can't use screw or glue down frames to hold the leather in place. Good idea though for belt makers Punch is sharp. I hone it on water stones and then green honing compound to finish the edge Thanks for the other suggestions DON
  14. Saw that, but in Canada it's $36.00 with a jacked up exchange rate, tax and s/h I'm stuck between stores which are at opposite ends of two district city limits, so getting out there is a chore Will just keep practising, but will check Ebay on the template DON Bought a template off Amazon just to have and included free s/h. Same price as Canadian store price with exchange rate. Just don't have to drive out to get it or pay for s/h
  15. Thanks guys. Will try different things. Die doesn't help as I'm working with different widths and tapers Can't do a light stroke tap. If not right. it's on the face of the strap and customer will see it Will do tests tomorrow and see what works best DON
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