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    How sharp ?

    When you “think” it’s sharp then it’s not sharp enough. You need to know that it’s scary sharp. Sharp enough to slice through a piece of paper without grabbing at all. I find difficulty getting a head knife sharp enough to be functional (which is why I choose to use Japanese style knives) but it can and is often done well. I’m sure others will chime in and there are quite a number of YouTube videos on the subject. I find that Patience and stropping are the key.
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    Two used Sewing machines for sale

    Hello Dantan - I am interested in the 51W54. I am located about 5 hours from Boston (Long Island, NY) so let me know if you don’t find anyone in the local area to purchase the machine. It was the machine that I used when learning shoemaking. Apart from its quirks, it’s a pretty reliable machine (though keeping things tight can be a challenge). The visibility of the needle is wonderful with the wheel. Take care - Ed
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    Clicker Press Dies

    Before tossing your laptop I would revisit Adobe Illustrator. It has a function called “Live Trace” which can convert a hand drawn image (scanned, photo, etc) into digital line art which can be cleaned up, sized correctly and sent off to the die maker. It could certainly save you a few bucks. AI is also great for making templates including sewing lines and stitch spacing. Take a class or two. It really is a great program. If you have any question about it, feel free to DM me. I don’t have the most recent version of AI but I reckon most of the functions are still the same.
  4. I’ve seen this done to varying degrees of success: http://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/35165-how-to-modify-a-shop-press-into-a-clicker-press/ A Harbor Freight press is fairly inexpensive (don’t forget the 20% coupon). It would probably pay for itself on the first job.
  5. Those are pretty remarkable. Nice execution! Maybe one thing to think about would be making a fully modular system rather than a customized rig (like the ones used in the military). This would allow the user to pick and choose which setup best fits their trade. Picking and choosing could be simplified and optimized fairly easily on a website (and could be made fun and interactive). Do you hand cut each piece or do you have dies made? While a major upfront cost, dies will dramatically cut down on time and, in the end, cost. Looking forward to seeing your brand and projects evolve. Good luck!
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    Non Flammable Glue

    Is your thought to glue the leather onto the pan? I thought that the handle covers were removable so you can put the cast iron pan into the oven after the initial sear on the range.
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    Reupholstering a Baseball (how do I do that!)

    Thanks. I’ll look for it!
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    George Barnsley plough gauge

    I don’t think George Barnsley gets enough love. They are well designed and manufactured tools at a reasonable price. Nice tool! Enjoy it!
  9. Hello All - I am trying to re-cover a baseball and was hoping to get a few pointers: Can I use the existing skin as a direct template (or maybe make it a little smaller to account for the stretch when wet)? How do I end the baseball stitch so that it’s hidden? Should I glue the leather down before stitching it up? There are a few “tutorials” online but too vague to follow. Any tips or tricks on doing this is appreciated! - Thanks
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    DIY Filler for Edges?

    It should be possible to thicken up edge paint with either fumed Silica or strait Silica. Depending on the percentage, you should be able to achieve a viscosity of anything from syrup to a semi-solid. The drawback of this system is that they typically leave a matte finish when dry.
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    Cowboy 810 Burnishing Machine

    What is the HP/wattage and RPM of the motor? I like the small footprint of the unit.
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    Calculating prong punching distances?

    I’ve found that many issues pertaining to stitching can be avoided with templates. Take the time when making your templates to calculate the stitch spacing and do a dry run with your tools. I’ve been using Adobe Illustrator to make my templates and you can create stitch lines in various spacing using the Line tool. I do this regardless if I’m using a chisel or awl to make sure things make sense and my stitches end up where I want them to.
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    Leathercrafting helped save my life

    “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live” - by what I can gather through your post - you got this. Looking forward to seeing more of your incredible work in the years to come. Speedy recovery.
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    Asian craftsman?

    Congratulations on turning one of your passions into a business. I hear that the Philippines is a difficult place to find leather and leather crafting tools but, from what I see here and on Instagram, there are many talented artists. Keep up the good work and best wishes on growing your brand.
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    Center Line On Edges

    As @JLSleather said, oversize the piece by 1/4-1/2 inch and trim the excess to size. It’s a perfect edge every time.