Dwight

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  • Birthday 11/17/1944

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    Central Ohio
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    Church Pastor, Shooter, Leatherworking, Hunting, making most anything for the first time (yeah, I get bored easy)

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  1. Looks good to me.......... May God bless, Dwight
  2. Dwight

    Dye still bleeding after laquer coats

    That wasn't the question . . . did you BUFF the item after it dried??? There are a few dyes . . . few and far between . . . that do not need a serious buffing after they dry. The rule of thumb is sorta . . . the darker the dye . . . the more you buff . . . and if you use USMC Black . . . you will never buff off all of the loose pigment. It is the loose pigment that is giving you the problem. Take a white terry cloth wash cloth from your wife's stash . . . don't get caught . . . lay down whatever you have made . . . and buff that thing like you are trying to burnish a brass bell. Then . . . put the next coats of laquer on with a brush . . . preferably a cheap bristle brush like the 50 cent ones you get at Harbor Freight. You will probably have your problem cured by then. May God bless, Dwight
  3. Like blue62 . . . +1 on the veg tan leather liner. Generally if I'm lining a holster . . . I cut out my outside piece . . . flip the rest of my leather over . . . cut out the liner . . . put the two together with contact cement . . . sand the edges smooth . . . and proceed with my leather holster making. I generally use 6/7 oz for both the outside and the liner. John Bianchi teaches that technique . . . and he has probably made more holsters than any 20 you can find on this forum all put together . . . I learned from his videos. The other reason to leave deer skin . . . pig skin . . . etc out of your holsters is they absorb and suck the oil off your gun much worse than veg tan . . . and as mentioned earlier . . . will also become a repository for every last piece of sand, dust, dirt, and other garbage . . . in addition to being softer than veg tan . . . and will mush up, cut, and become ugly . . . very quick. These are some I've made. . . . all are double leather . . . 6/7 oz . . . most where both pieces are cut from the same hide. . . next to each other. The only time I break that rule above . . . I put suede as a liner on my trucker holsters that basically are a chest holster for hunting. The gun is never in the suede long enough to get chrome salts on it that will hurt it . . . and the suede makes drawing it just a tad more quiet than the veg tan. Animals have very sensitive hearing. . . so I do that only for my hunting customers. May God bless, Dwight
  4. Dwight

    Protective Phone Case

    Unless someone had more definitive knowledge . . . my guess is contact cement. It IS the product of choice for me when I do anything similar. AND . . . it is a rather unique product . . . but I'm not sold on that plastic case . . . the rubber case I have extends up around the sides . . . not sure what protection these cases provide if the phone would be dropped on concrete and land on its edge. Personally . . . while I like the esthetic properties . . . but not the practical application. May God bless, Dwight
  5. Dwight

    Protective Phone Case

    How about tossing us a picture or two . . . make sure what we are discussing. May God bless, Dwight
  6. Dwight

    Belt LIner

  7. Dwight

    Wet moulding 9 oz or 10 oz leather

    I made an envelope from some thick vinyl . . . hooked up a vacuum pump . . . I slip the holster with the gun in it on a plastic cutting board . . . slide it in the bag . . . turn on the pump . . . and watch the magic. Depending on how detailed I want it . . . sometimes I'll turn off the pump . . . let air back in the bag . . . reposition the holster or sheath or case . . . hit the pump again and mold it while it is in the vinyl bag. I get what I believe are really good results . . . May God bless, Dwight
  8. Dwight

    How to wetform a holster.

    A lot of the answer will be determined by the type of holster he wants. If for example he wants a flap over holster . . . similar to the old cavalry holsters of 150 years ago . . . the molding will be VERY minimal. If he wants a "wrap around" holster similar to what John Wayne wore in his westerns . . . you do a bit more molding. If he wants a pancake holster with lots of "grab" and no suicide strap or thumb break . . . you will do a lot of molding. Let us know which type holster . . . we can go from there with much better and more detailed information. May God bless, Dwight
  9. You have your work cut out for you on that one. I doubt if any of the mold makers have one for that. You will either have to have him give you the gun . . . or . . . make a mold yourself. It can be done . . . I have a drawer full of mold models I've made over the years . . . a band saw, drill press, a 12 inch disc sander . . . and a 30 inch belt sander are all used for just about any I've done. Personally . . . I'd have to hit him up for some mold money as well as the holster . . . OR . . . you make just a generic fold over holster that wlll hold it. The one good thing about making the mold yourself. . . . you will learn skills that cannot be taught in a school or class . . . Best wishes my friend . . . may God bless, Dwight
  10. If I'm cutting rounded pieces . . . I cut a bit . . . turn the leather . . . cut a bit . . . turn the leather. AND . . . I use a razor knife exclusively . . . nothing else. Can't get confused that way as to which knife to use. For sanding blocks of glued together leather . . . glue first . . . then sand. I have a 12 inch disc sander and a 30 inch belt sander. . . . they both do great jobs. I make holster toes . . . bottoms for cell phone cass . . . bottom for special purses . . . May God bless, Dwight
  11. Dwight

    Leather vest

    Go to the Salvation Army or Goodwill . . . you may find a leather vest there or a denim vest . . . I've done similar when I needed a pattern . . . cut the dude apart and you have the pattern. May God bless, Dwight
  12. Dwight

    Multiple layers on a cylinder

    Then that should be a piece of cake to sew with a machine. After you sew it . . . get the outside piece pretty damp and roll it. That will stretch it . . . and you are good to go. Make sure you glue them together first . . . I use only Weldwood contact cement . . . works every time. May God bless, Dwight
  13. Dwight

    Multiple layers on a cylinder

    Without a special machine, . . . I think they call it a patcher . . . it ain't gonna happen unless you have another seam behind your strap that we cannot see. The other alternative would be (what I would do) to hand sew it. Make a dowel that fits inside it quite nicely . . . use it to back up your punch going thru the leather . . . practice on some cheap belly leather first, till you get your procedure down. For me it would be a 2 hour project (the stitching that is). May God bless, Dwight
  14. Biggest problem I've ever found is finding just the "right" piece of leather so it looks good. Inspect it real good . . . then go for it. I've made any number of em . . . pretty much always liked the end result. BUT . . . I cannot think of but one I always do that way . . . if I make one similar to Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western rig . . . Otherwise . . . they are all CCW holsters. The rough texture keeps it from moving around as much . . . and while some folks like that . . . I am NOT a fan of it. Personal choice. May God bless, Dwight
  15. Ya got my vote for good lookin, . . . May God bless, Dwight