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About 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. Dwight

    Conceal carry holster for middle of back

    Yes, . . . as long as it is to one side or the other of the actual spine itself, . . . it is much safer. And you can disregard the asinine comments of folks who put profit above the safety of their customers. Accidents do happen, . . . non lethal encounters also happen, . . . falling backward on a handgun underneath your spine can be a serious problem. May God bless, Dwight
  2. Dwight

    Conceal carry holster for middle of back

    Pappy, . . . just a piece of info, . . . before you make that for him, . . . make sure he knows the danger of wearing a handgun directly behind his spine. If he goes down hard in any kind of accident or confrontation, . . . better than 50/50 he will be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. I don't make them myself, . . . for that single reason. I do not want to be part of a person being maimed for life. May God bless, Dwight
  3. Dwight

    burning thread near cement glue

    I'm with nylonRigging on this one. Bic lighters are in my drawers there by the sewing machine. By the time I'm sewing, . . . there is nothing on that piece that will burst into flames, . . . and nothing in the immediate vicinity. I just "flick my Bic", . . . melt em and rub em a bit so there is not sharp burnt piece. May God bless, Dwight
  4. Dwight

    Tapering a welt

    Success is always good, . . . no matter how you get there. Make sure we see the final piece. Pictures are great things you know.............. May God bless, Dwight
  5. Dwight

    Inlaid Beaded Belt

    Fred, . . . If you are planning on allowing a buckle to go into the belt with beadwork nearby, . . . you most likely are asking for a lot of returned goods. The stress at the buckle will not work with the beads. Make your belt a two layer belt, . . . the top (outside) layer being about 7/8 oz, . . . and the inside layer at least a 5/6 oz. make your beading 1/4 inch narrower on both sides (total 1/2 inch) than the outside dimension of the belt, . . . cut a window in the outside layer for the beading such as you see in the image below. Contact cement the beading into the area of the window, . . . cement it to the inside piece of the belt. Contact cement the outside piece over top of the beading and the strings on which you did the beading. Sew the edges at 1/8 inch all around the belt, . . . then assemble the buckle etc. May God bless, Dwight
  6. Dwight

    Distance from the edge

    My stitch gouge is set +/- at 1/8 inch, . . . everything I do gets that treatment, . . . have never had a complaint. My gouge allows my stitches to lay flat, . . . tried the divider trick, . . . just looks shabby in my opinion, . . . stitches lay up on top of the work. May Got bless, Dwight
  7. Dwight

    Tapering a welt

    Contact cement the welt to one side of the sheath, . . . take it to a belt sander, . . . Least that is what I would do. Wish I had $5 for every one I've done for my holsters. AND, . . . that is one GOOD LOOKING knife there. Gonna build me one of those some day IF . . . IF I live long enough (lol), . . . I want a Jim Bowie that altogether will top out somewhere between 18 and 24 inches. May God bless, Dwight
  8. Dwight

    Leather finish problem!

    Well, my friend, . . . I also am beginning to think you are trying to produce a product that will never age, never wear out, etc. Leather products are by design, . . . going to wear, . . . and the harder the work, . . . the more the wear: ie shoe soles as an example, . . . one year is a long life for leather shoe soles. And 20 meters from the shop, . . . they will look worn and the finish will start coming off. Your dog collars, . . . unless they are only put on for dog shows, . . . or walking the dog up and down the street, . . . they are going to show wear and scratches, etc, . . . especially if there are other dogs that interact with him/her. May God bless, Dwight
  9. Dwight

    Leather finish problem!

    Vovi, . . . I see three problems, . . . which contribute to an overall process that needs to be scrapped, . . . or severely changed. 1) the paint definitely needs to be thinned, . . . and if you would first use a swivel knife to outline the area you want to paint, . . . you could use dye in that area, . . . which would penetrate and not ever flake off like paint will ALWAYS DO. Paint and leather simply are not made for each other, . . . but like driving a convertible car in Iceland, . . . under certain conditions it is OK. 2) resolene must first be thinned, . . . I do a 1 to 1 thinning, equal parts of both resolene and thinner. It also must be put on in thin coats. Thick coats of resolene will produce a top coat that will crack, break, flake and be generally not acceptable. AND 2 or 3 at the most, . . . THIN coats is more than adequate to protect the leather. 3) beeswax conditioner put on after the resolene is a total waste of a good product. The resolene will prevent the conditioner from doing anything but laying on top of the surface, actually only giving you an added bit of shine that you can get from a much cheaper and better product: shoe polish. May God bless, Dwight
  10. That is some pretty cool thinking, . . . Like the execution too, . . . looks really good. I doubt if any of my wait staff needs them though, . . . not much of a market at White Castle and Burger King. May God bless, Dwight
  11. Dwight

    How to fix / hide scratch

    I think I would just personalize the thing, . . . cut a piece of matching leather, . . . stamp your name into it, . . . attach it, covering the blemish. Only you would then know the circumstances. May God bless, Dwight
  12. Dwight

    machine - belt or bench sander edges?

    That is one opinion, . . . not necessarily a well informed opinion, . . . The spindle sander of which he speaks also sits on my work bench, . . . mostly gathering dust, . . . as it does a terrible job on anything not curved, . . . and if you are not careful it can totally ruin a curved piece. And that says nothing about not being able to use the whole sanding sleeve, . . . even with flipping it end for end. The middle part is still basically "unused" when I toss the sleeve, . . . which is becoming less frequent as we go along, . . . The belt sander IS THE WAY to go, . . . or at least has been in my years of service to the leather industry. For tight curves, . . . a Dremel tool is much, much, much better than the spindle sander. May God bless, Dwight
  13. Dwight

    I need an education in chinks

    Hey, "Pardner", . . . chinks and chaps are not that hard to make, . . . believe me. I'm about 120 miles southeast of you, . . . down by Marion, Ohio, . . . and I have the patterns for basically both here. They may have to be modified for your height and/or weight, . . . but I'm sure we could make something work. OR, . . . if you want to mosey this way, . . . we can set up an afternoon or evening of leather cutting, . . . get you something you can use. Do you have a machine that will sew 12 to 14 oz leather?? May God bless, Dwight
  14. Dwight

    Contact Adhesives

    This will sound silly, . . . but I finally whipped that exact problem with a plastic peanut butter jar. Actually does not "fully, . . . 100%" end the problem, . . . but sure makes it a whole lot less of a problem. AND, . . . I only use Weldwood brand, . . . which can be lightly diluted with Acetone (I believe it is part of the original formula). Anyway, . . . it works. May God bless, Dwight
  15. Dwight

    Chap yoke

    For just a pair of yokes, . . . hand stitching or lacing shouldn't be all that long or hard. Use contact cement first, . . . buckstitch em, . . . they will be beautiful, and will hold up till all the cows come home. May God bless, Dwight