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Dwight

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About Dwight

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  • Birthday 11/17/1944

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

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    gun leather
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    working with leather
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  1. I have used OTB for the past 25 years on and off . . . as needed. I once had fairly high esteem for Weaver's as well . . . and that went out the window about a year ago . . . I'll buy from someone else if there is any possibility . . . the last leather I got from them should have been returned to the cow . . . Their staff used to be warm, helpful, happy . . . my last trip there was anything but . . . May God bless, Dwight
  2. I personally found it and Etsy to be well stocked with folks who were 110% competitive with every one else . . . and for the most part . . . seemed to be folks I did not want to deal with. Every now and then I'll inadvertently wind up there . . . mostly when I'm looking for an image . . . and they'll let me have it for only $29.95 . . . or if I sign up and agree to a monthly charge of $9.95 with a maximum of 30 images per month. I steer clear . . . and I think you made a really good decision May God bless, Dwight
  3. Hobby Lobby . . . and hardware stores . . . sell stencils . . . and of course . . . there are all sorts of fonts on programs like Word . . . As previously mentioned . . . you can produce those letters to the size you want . . . Tape them down over your leather belt . . . and use a razor knife to just cut the paper . . . and go about 1/16 of an inch into your leather. A swivel knife going into that slot will give you a nice valley . . . and you can then get acrylic paints . . . paint it up to the edge of that little valley . . . and you are good to go. May God bless, Dwight
  4. Whenever the subject of fanning comes up . . . I always remember the old Wyatt Erp (Hugh O'Brien) segment where Erp calls out a cowboy . . . and I disrecall exactly the details . . . But the guy was up on the boardwalk . . . Erp was in the street . . . carrying that Buntline of his . . . the dude whipped out his pistol and fanned it IIRC . . . 4 times before Erp got off a shot. Erp shot once . . . dropped the cowboy. And they were something like 12 ft apart in the scene. As small as O'Brien was . . . it was a bit illogical to think the dude could miss 4 times at that range . . . But then again . . . it was TV . . . not the History Channel. May God bless, Dwight
  5. Thanks, Chuck . . . I knew some of that . . . but nothing near it all . . . May God bless, Dwight
  6. You do not say whether you are going to use a semi auto or a revolver. Revolver's are obviously harder to do. But if you wanted a steel lined holster . . . I'd go find me some 22 or 24 gauge galvanized sheet metal . . . some 8 or 9 ounce stiff veggie tanned leather . . . and a SMALL ball peen hammer. Wet and mold that leather to your gun as best you can . . . two pieces . . . one on each side . . . mold it flesh side to the gun . . . . Let it dry . . . bone stinking dry . . . then cover it with 3 or 4 coats of 50/50 resolene and water on the hair side only. Brew up yourself a nice big pot of strong coffee . . . put away your cussing dictionary . . . cover your gun with those leather pieces . . . one side at a time . . . lay down a piece of that steel that's a good 2 inches bigger all the way around . . . and begin to slowly and carefully mold that sheet metal to the gun . . . using the ball peen hammer and little bitty hammer blows. Hold the steel in place with the off hand that has a glove on it. Don't expect to be done in time to watch your favorite show on TV tonight . . . maybe tomorrow nite either. Seriously . . . it can be done . . . but it is a pain. You then mold a 6/7 oz piece of veggie tan to the gun . . . hair side to the gun . . . and when that is dry . . . contact cement it to the inside of the metal pieces that you have trimmed to fit. When trimming . . . use sharp metal shears . . . take off small pieces . . . until you get the two pieces of leather and steel to match together with the gun in the middle. Don't cut the leather until you have perfectly done the metal . . . just pull it back from the leather . . . you will need the leather to be bigger than the metal . . . so you can sew this inside liner to the outside of the leather holster. Oh . . . and sewing it all together will also cause you to recall some of those words from your cussing dictionary. An alternative to the steel is Kydex plastic. You can use something like 3/64 or 1/16 inch kydex . . . and instead of a ball peen hammer . . . you use a heat gun . . . slowly warm it up . . . and with your off hand . . . wearing a glove . . . you can shape it to fit your weapon . . . heat the kydex until you can mold a little bit of it . . . mold that . . . then using a paper towel and cold water . . . "FIX" that molding by immediately cooling it . . . then move a little bit farther down on the gun and mold another piece. Neither the steel or kydex will make a perfect . . . glove fit . . . but for "quick draw" and stuff like that . . . this process will work. Mold another piece to the outside of your metal or kydex pieces . . . then contact cement the whole rig together . . . sew . . . dye . . . finish . . . and then ask yourself why you didn't just buy one . . . sure would have been simpler. May God bless, Dwight
  7. Make sure you post those shoes . . . we need to see good things like that. I'm making a pair of "sort of" moccasins maybe this winter . . . cutting the tops off a pair of my worn out favorite tennis shoes . . . adding buffalo suede tops . . . if I can figure out how to do it. My feet are cold abuot 330 or so days a year . . . want to try and change that a bit. May God bless, Dwight
  8. In one word . . . no . . . Resolene is an excellent product if applied correctly for a particular purpose. I use it on 90+% of belts I make . . . same for holsters . . . gunbelts . . . knife sheaths . . . It is just the berries for products that are molded . . . and you want something to help the molding stay molded . . . it's great for that. I made a book carrier for a college student once and used resolene on it . . . and it became way too stiff for it's intended purpose. She hung on to it . . . tossed a flower arrangement in it . . . took it to the county fair . . . won a whole handful of ribbons with it . . . because it held up the flowers . . . But in answer to using it . . . make it the last thing you put on the leather item you are making with the exception of shoe polish. I would never have thought twice about my shoes in the military if I'd had resolene . . . shoe polish over it makes one super shine. . . . May God bless, Dwight
  9. If you have a small drill press . . . you can chuck up your punch in it . . . and there should easily be enough force generated by the downward push of the chuck . . . to easily punch your holes. I would try it first without the machine running . . . then for kicks n giggles . . . with it running on the slowest speed it has. An alternative would be an arbor press . . . drill out the ram . . . the diameter of a hand punch you buy at Tandy's or wherever . . . set also a allen head screw in the side to keep it from falling out . . . and you can punch all day and the worst to happen is your arm get tired . . . This press is less than 70 bucks on Amazon May God bless, Dwight
  10. Dwight

    Bible cover

    Looking good . . . May God bless, Dwight
  11. I've never seen anyone wear buckles inside May God bless, Dwight
  12. Most threads are listed as TPI or Threads Per Inch . . . Count the number of threads . . . I counted 11 . . . and interpolate that into a 1 inch length . . . from what I can see on the screen . . . it looks to me like 22 TPI Good luck. May God bless, Dwight
  13. ALL western gun belts that are made correctly have a curve. Those that don't are NY gun belts. If they tie together in the front . . . they're Chicago gun belts. May God bless, Dwight
  14. I have stayed away from Barge . . . based on the simple fact that if applied correctly . . . Weldwood cannot be pulled apart. If you believe you have succeeded . . . take another look. You pulled fibers of leather off both pieces . . . in effect . . . ripping the leather apart. Barge cannot do any better than that . . . period. Reading the MSDS for Barge . . . . that stuff ain't coming in my shop. May God bless, Dwight
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