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  1. I don't know, HaloJones... Sure there's a ritual for getting the groceries...but I don't know about the skippin'...I'll ask the probies though and see what they think...my son's are both Lieutenants now, so they don't have to carry the basket...I'll suggest it though; I'm sure the probies will go for it.
  2. MikeSC...general market basket or grocery basket for B Shift down at the firehouse.
  3. I see a few little tweaks I still need to do...but here's the final result (for the most part). Thanks again all for the interest. Other side.
  4. Brian, I will post a shot of the overall project ...a few finishing touches to wrap up yet. Thank you very much for your comment and interest.
  5. Final Result...I used a 3 mm kangaroo lace I've been holding onto for 10 years...great to work with. The latice look, as opposed to a closer lay with the lace, was intentional. Wasn't to thrilled with the random burnishing that caused the color changes...but whatever...its leather.
  6. Oh...I should mention...44 inches of lace for 3inches of corner...that includes a start and stop though, so I think the ratio is going to be pretty close to 12:1. 12 inches of lace for an inch of corner...I was pretty close to the same for both 1/8" lace and 1/4" lace...also, when I used 1/4 inch lace I used a quarter inch dowel.
  7. Solved...for me anyway. After a few test pieces, I settled on mitering the joint like I would if I was going to stitch it, add a little cement, an 1/8" dowel rod reinforcing the back of the corner and a place for the lace to bear without distorting the corner (I think quarter round would work better but I can't find any that small right now and don't have time to make my own)...then just use a butt joint lacing stitch or a whip stitch...both worked fine in my tests...still fussing with what sizes I want to use and what the intervals should be for the holes, but in my messing around they all worked and looked fine. Photo is one of the test chunks...I did quite a few tests before I start punching holes in the good stuff.
  8. MikeF

    Weekender Bag

  9. Has anyone tried to lace or thong a mitered box corner (or 4 of them to be more precise---if you only did 1 to 3, then I already know the answer)? "Boxed" myself into a corner (oh man this just keeps getting worse) and I'm looking for a creative way to assemble a fairly large market basket...originally was going to sew miter corners but having second thoughts because of the lighter thickness leather I used...shrank after drying and now I'm not sure a mitered sewn joint is going to get the job done. Thought about using a corner brace sewn it...but trial runs proved to be ugly...not as in hard to do but more like, the end result was homely ugly. Anyway...if you've ever laced a mitered corner I'd be interested in what stitch you used. r/ Mike
  10. MikeF

    Stitching Unlined Works

    Appreciate the comment RockyAussie...with that line of thinking I suspect it could be a value added feature---I'll give it a try and see how my clients react. Thanks again.
  11. MikeF

    Rivets - rapid vs. tubular vs. double cap

    Setting the rivets for your D rings shouldn't be too hard in that geometry you are showing...I use a 9 pound hobby anvil...they are pretty cheap. Is your question related to rivets inside the holder pocket (not shown)? I used to fuss with that problem on cell phone cases too...anything with a throat depth of more than a couple of inches is a problem when you are trying to close the bottom...I have a couple of ideas for you (like the radio holder and the theme by the way) but I kind of need to see the exact problem...the rivets you are showing in your photo, in my opinion, are the best application.
  12. I'm watching the work of a few of my online peers and noticing that they are going to great lengths to stitch up straps and casework, but not really lining the leather and not for obvious structural or assembly reasons. I've certainly stitched my share of works but only if I was lining a piece or making a connection and on the rarest of occasions for an aesthetic effect. Does anybody else on these forums do this? Is there some function other than "looks"? Particularly the straps---does stitching prevent stretching and loss of shape over time? Thanks for your thoughts. Mike