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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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    gun leather
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    working with leather
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  1. If you have a small piece of marble . . . put it on the table . . . and put a couple pieces of scrap leather under what you are punching. Wood is not good as eventually you will have cuts in it that will cause your punch to cut ugly holes . . . plastic cutting boards will destroy your tool . . . teak cutting boards are mainly for salmon, bass, and bluegill (just kidding) . . . they seriously should not be used with your tool. Use the leather . . . when you think you are pretty close to going thru . . . tip it over and see . . . that is exactly what I've done for 20 some odd years . . . works great. May God bless, Dwight
  2. Absolutely a nice job Jarhead . . . but me and Doc are a lot alike. It would take me all of one morning to have that place looking "otherwise" to squared away. My storage idea is while I'm looking for item A . . . I'll see B, C, and D . . . then tomorrow while looking for B . . . I'll remember it's with C and D . . . so if I find any one of them . . . B will show up. Then I only have to remember what the heck I did with A . . . It's worked for me for 50 some years . . . why change now?? May God bless, Dwight
  3. I made a plain one several years ago for a Bersa Thunder . . . as my hands are long and skinny . . . sure helped on the grip. How did you attach your edges together? I laced mine with really thin thong material. And as you can see . . . it was destined to be functional and not necessarily a beautification process . . . lol. May God bless, Dwight
  4. The dye job you get also depends on how you do it. The three levels of dye depth are airbrush . . . daub/swab/etc . . . or dip dye. I won't waste good leather by airbrushing dye on it. If you do a belt or holster or purse that way . . . and if it rubs up against something fairly heavily . . . it'll scrape that leather and the interior leather will show thru every time. Daub / swab / etc generally will give a "non even" coat . . . unless you go over it several times. If you want even and deep dye penetration . . . dip dying is the only way. Mix your dye 50/50 with dye reducer . . . dip it . . . wipe off any dripping excess . . . and lay down to dry. Hanging it up will allow the dye to migrate from the top to the bottom of a holster or purse . . . and even worse on a belt. That will give you an uneven color from one end to the other or one side to the other. It took me a couple years to finally figure this all out . . . and even though I've heard some speak to the "savings" they get on the amount of dye used . . . I just chalk it up to being cheap . . . and quite honestly . . . producing a cheap product. May God bless, Dwight
  5. I'm not particularly a dog lover . . . but I could feed her some kibbles and laugh doing it. May God bless, Dwight
  6. Thru the years . . . I've never found any veg tan leather that really dyes great unless I do one little thing to it first. I give it a light coat of neatsfoot oil first . . . and on the hair side only. A 1 inch or so bristle brush dipped and stroked across the leather until it is all coated evenly . . . and the emphasis is on a LIGHT coat of oil. Then the dyes all seem to be much smoother and more even. The one exception to this is black . . . I don't oil before I dye black . . . black dyes black . . . period. I then buff the heck out of the black . . . and oil it then. All of them then get at least 24 hours afterward for dying . . . and another 24 for finishing. Like Tsunkasapa said . . . deglazer is worthless for virgin veg tanned leather. Just another product you buy that is never needed or useful. May God bless, Dwight
  7. Yep . . . I make a lot of mine . . . those look real good . . . personally like my .22 auto for copperheads . . . May God bless, Dwight
  8. If the holster is an IWB . . . I'd probably use it . . . OWB . . . it won't work. IWB relies a lot on the friction created by the human body and the belt . . . so even if it is a bit loose thru the molding . . . body pressure might make the difference. Plus you could always just run your stitch line a tad closer. May God bless, Dwight
  9. Best way is to put said gun in a sandwich or freezer bag . . . wrap it in the leather for the holster that is the next thing to sopping wet. Stick it in a vacuum bag . . . turn on the vacuum pump . . . use your fingers to mold it as tight or as simple as you and your customer want. That's how I do all my holsters. May God bless, Dwight
  10. Looks like someone is planning on having a lot of fun. May God bless, Dwight
  11. I have two steel wire brushes . . . one standard size like painters use . . . another about the size of a toothbrush. That toothbrush size gets used a lot . . . can't recall when I used the big one last. Both work great . . . would not use anything else. May God bless, Dwight
  12. My Tippmann Boss will also sew pretty much that thick. In over 20 years . . . only had one job that needed that thickness . . . a very special .22 pistol holster . . . it was for a handgun with a scope on top of it. I used the machine to punch the holes . . . then hand sewed the 35 or so stitches. It was a fun project . . . but I'm sure glad I have never had to make a bunch of them. Now however . . . with the Cowboy . . . it would not be as hard. May God bless, Dwight
  13. I agree completely. Clean em up . . . inspect em . . . sell em. May God bless, Dwight
  14. If blue dawn dish soap won't take it out . . . my guess is you are out of luck . . . but I'd just bury it for a week in a box of baking soda first. That may do it . . . if not . . . dawn and hot water . . . will probably deface the leather some . . . but some oil back on it and massaging it . . . you might get it back. I have an outdoor cat for very similar reasons. May God bless, Dwight
  15. It is not glue . . . it is contact cement . . . he folded it . . . it stuck . . . contact cement my friend. May God bless, Dwight
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