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About alpha2

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  1. alpha2

    Leather hats

    Here's my take on leather hats. They're heavy. They're hot. They're hot. Some people don't even seem to notice, but I'm averse to hot hats, of any kind. If I wasn't bald, I'd never wear a hat. As to location, location, location, I tend to live where it's hot, or humid, or hot and humid. And now, I live where it's almost always sunny, and at over 5000' elevation. So not only is the Sun hot, it's not having to cut through a lot of atmosphere. Stand outside talking to a neighbor for 15 minutes in the middle of the day can show up on your head bone. If I go up in the mountains, it's worse. I say again, though, a lot of people seem to love them. I can see where the northern coast of the USA they might be alright. Phoenix, Denver, hot and humid Michigan, another story. Now, all of those places in the mid-winter, maybe okay.
  2. I punch over a plastic cutting board. Since the punch is still cutting when it goes through the leather, the blow out is negligible. It will still "LOOK" different, as the punch is tapered. The higher on the taper the leather is when you finish the punch, the more beveled in appearance the hole will be.
  3. Darn good thing to have on the bench. I made one for myself, lead shot, only because I have bags of lead shot here. Mine's no where near that purdy, though!
  4. Interesting point about the top post. Thanks for that. I'll back it off a bit then. I had always done that previous to this issue, and it always worked fine.
  5. Skipped stitches, shredded thread, complete re-timing of machine, every imaginable tension adjustments. Numerous needle changes to no effect. Same machine, needles, thread, leather that have always worked before. (You MUST see a pattern there!) After reading through all the threads on this forum, watching videos, talking to Cowboy Bob, I decided to just strip the thread off the bobbin and reload with fresh thread. Voila! The bobbin thread had developed a curly-q nature. What gave me the idea that might be the issue, was a video on missing stitches in reverse. (Wiz, Uwe? Sorry, don't remember. But if those clear plastic needle plates are for sale...call me! Best troubleshooting device...ever!) Not my issue, but watching that little loop formed when the needle started back up, so the hook could catch it, and just how important that loop was, suggested that any coiling of the thread from that bobbin, (only a third full of thread) that had been sitting on it for SOME TIME, got me thinking. I also found that I had put the conical spring in the bobbin carrier upside down. I reversed, (corrected) it, but it didn't do any good. I could tell that when it was in backwards, there was no bounce back when you pushed on the bobbin, like you usually see. Another thing, I remember seeing somewhere to tighten the bobbin carrier race screws, then back off one and a half turns. I tried to find that again, in case that was an issue, but couldn't. I did find two locations where it showed, but didn't explain, tightening them and leaving it at that. If anyone has any thoughts on that, feel free to post something. I had always backed off 1.5 turns, but now have them tightened. My thought is that if you have a screw with a spring, the spring is there to assure the appropriate tension when the screw is tightened. The very idea of tightening a screw, then back off an ambiguous amount, to achieve the proper tension, ignores the concept of a proper tension spring. When testing all the available avenues of repair, I used a considerable amount of the same weight and type of leather. It would sew just fine for from 3 inches to as much as 12 or more before the skipped stitches started and the thread shredded. You can imagine how I felt when I put the actual work piece in and started stitching. Cold sweat, pounding heart, promises to higher powers. I did sew three feet of successful stitching before I attempted it for the money. Finally, when I figured it out, I put in a call to Bob in Toledo with what I found. If we call these distributors with problems and questions, if we discover the issue, we really need to let them know for the next person with the issue. It's hard to believe, but they haven't seen everything. When I was working, I thought for sure that I'd finally seen everything, then reality bit me on the...arm.
  6. Wapiti-boy for win, again! Now I wish I had some of those... Jeff
  7. Nice work, again! Attached is a pic of my pancake knife...
  8. Enjoy! Yes, they're beasts. Sometimes you need a beast. Jeff
  9. Very dramatic carving on those sheaths. Nice job. Very even backgrounding, too! Jeff
  10. Lucky GF! That flap is fantastic, great impact against the chocolate.
  11. Heck, they don't always need a hole in a fence. I delivered a couple of dental chairs to Folsom in the '70's. Brought them in with a Chevy van. The boxes were plenty big enough to lay two or three cons in each. The guards lifted the hood, which was fairly tiny, took off the hub caps, checked the glove box, mirrored under the chassis, but never looked in the boxes, either coming in or going out! They had a nice old inmate help move the boxes into the clinic. I asked a guard what he was in for, they said he murdered his family, cut up the bodies and buried them in his back yard. Nicest old grandpa kinda guy you would ever want to meet.
  12. Ah, the mistakes I've made! I did a beautiful sheath for a hatchet, perfect basketweave...decided to put my initial on it. Upside down. Okay, I didn't really decide to put my initial upside down, that part was a no-charge bonus. I did show my trophy wife the pic of the pen line on your piece, though...she looked like I'd described a root canal, or maybe kidney stones. I feel your pain! Jeff
  13. Ah, but what about a stingray Ranger belt? From what I've heard, that stuff is not that easy to sew. Give the client the advert from Thailand, he can see if they'd make him a Ranger belt out the stingray for $250.
  14. Ya'll are gonna have to point out those mistakes you mentioned!!! Exceptional work, as usual. I'm glad you told us who it was for, my first impression was, "where is he going to sit"? Although, you're kinda a skinny dude, too. Jeff
  15. Great first effort on both the holster and the sheath. I'm guessing you learned a LOT on the first sheath. I'd suggest taking what you've learned, and do another identical one, implementing your new-found knowledge and experience. You'll be amazed at the improvement! The knife is rockin', too. Jeff
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