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Hildebrand

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  1.  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


  2. 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


  3. 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


  4. I bought an identical one to the Tandy Pro one on Amazon a couple months ago.  I only paid $170 so I was a little skeptical but once I got it I looked at the videos using the various splitters and it is the same.  It came razor sharp and does a great job on what I have tried in it( 1 and 1  1/2" belt leather to thin it).  You have to mount it solid but otherwise it is great.  Might be worth a look.

    Todd


  5. @JRP430 buyng by the square foot is generally the most expensive way to buy leather.  I you are looking to do belts and holsters I would either buy a side of leather(Knowing the belly won't really be good for your purposes except possibly pattern making) or from Springfield Leather buy a single shoulder for the holsters and a 1/2 belt bend to strip the belts off of.  The second option would give you the most usable leather for the money.  Your question as to how many square feet is difficult to answer, it depends.  A drop loop holster which has the holster and back piece all in one takes much more than just a fold over western style which typically takes more than an avenger or pancake style.  Typical belt will only be say 2 to 3 square feet but it needs to be 50+ inches long by 4-6" wide.


  6. For me it was when I got more serious about different kinds of holsters.  With a machine I can do the sewing in 5 minutes or less and since this is just a hobby I have enough time to experiment.  I am pretty sure with how long it takes me to hand sew I would not make any to just try something.  Also I know within the leather world we all have an idea where we stand on hand vs machine sewn but in reality I don't think anyone buying leather products knows the difference and if they do they don't care.  Some of them actually prefer the machine stitch since it usually appears more uniform.

    Todd


  7. I have a plastic taper template set from I think Black River.  There are 2 different tapers depending on the width of the belt but the length of the tip and buckle end stay the same for the template, I have not compared the templates to see if the one for wider belts has a longer tip length.  I can when I get home tonight if you would like.

    Todd

     


  8. I usually just use a stain applicator to wet the leather.  I tend to get it pretty wet then let it come back to natural color then tool.  I have only used the overnight in plastic method for wet forming and I have since found that just getting it soaking wet and letting it dry slightly works fine for that as well.  I have been watching a lot Don Gonzales videos lately and have started using tape on my tooling projects, he has a lot of good information on tooling.

    Todd


  9. I can't recall the author but there is a utube video of how to break down a side for the least waste.  If I recall correctly the author cut off the butt portion so that the remaining portion was the correct length for belts, he referenced the same thing you are talking about in that if you strip it the full length you end up with a bunch of short straps after you cut to belt length.

    Todd

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