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    Holsters, belts, stamping

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  1. @tsunkasapa what weight are the poly mallets you are using.
  2. I was just wondering what weight of poly maul everyone is using to stamp with? I have the Tandy rawhide mallet but I think especially for basketstamping I would like something heavier. I usually have to hit the stamp more than once even with the leather cased well. Thank you, Todd
  3. @Frodo it could be the compass but I think it is more likely that as you were going around one of the pieces you were not able to keep the compass perfectly perpendicular to the edge. As you travel along the leather if one leg gets ahead of the other it changes the actual distance between them, this is particularly tough on corners. This might save you buying an expensive tool that might not change the outcome. Todd
  4. @chrisashits very common over here for people to put their name on their belt especially people in the western culture. I made belts for my 2 and 5 year old granddaughters and put their names on them. I realize your post is in jest but when poking fun of others it really plays better if you don't have grammar mistakes in your post( their-ownership vs there-location). Todd
  5. @Rahereyou are right and we cannot control the eb and flow of a waistline. But, I tell people when I make a belt for them, especially if it has a name on it, that it is designed so that everything is centered when worn in the center hole with the same buckle it was measured with. I make sure to either do the measurement on the person or they take a picture of their existing belt with a tape next to it, I do not do a call in order that they have measured themselves, to many horror stories on this board and others Todd.
  6. The big reason I line holsters and belts is the added stiffness it adds. If you have the same weight leather, 16 oz for example for a belt, a combination of 2- 8 oz pieces or a 12 and 4 oz piece will be noticeably stiffer, when glued and stitched together, than a piece of 16 oz leather. For holsters I also like to line them since it makes the inside smooth too. Todd
  7. @Loudcherokeefor all practical purposes yes. Best thing to do is look and which dealer is closest to you to save on shipping. All 3 dealers have a presence on this forum and are very helpful. I bought my CB 4500 from Bob and the deal was extremely smooth. Todd
  8. @Oxbo at that age kids are very busy with school and other activities, sometimes it takes a while for them the realize what it is they want to do. Its a great looking shop and logo. Todd
  9. In the year you have yours, how often have you used it? One or two threads? well with responses like that I wish you well. Frankly if I had only used it to burn "one or two threads" I would not have posted since I would not have had a valid sample size. I won't waste any more of your or my time. Todd
  10. Also possible you got a bad one. I’m just a hobby guy but I am still on the first set of batteries more than a year after I started using it. Todd
  11. I usually use 220 then 400 grit, followed by water then a glycerine soap rub and a brisk canvas rub. I got the soap and canvas from a Don Gonzales utube video on edge slicking. This has worked the best for me and I have tried, saddle soap then a motorized burnisher(Dremel and grinder motor based), saddle soap and cloth but nothing works as well as the glycerine soap and canvas for me. Todd
  12. I use the Aquilim 315 as well and have had great results and no failures or issues.
  13. I never used the stitching chisels but when i was hand stitching I would use a groover front and back then wet the leather and use a stitching wheel to mark hole locations front and back then I would use an awl to push front to back. You get a pretty good feel for where the point is coming out and rarely did it miss the stitch groove. Not sure if thats an option for you but I can tell you it was a lot less stressful than what you are trying to line up. Todd
  14. For 1mm leather I would talk to the clicker die people and have them make you a mallet die that you can strike and cut your patterns out. I have one that is 3 1/2" by 5" and it works fine in up to 9 oz leather with just a dead blow hammer. Todd
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