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    Western Canada, Mexico, Japan
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    Making small leather goods, bags and tack.

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  1. Tandy has the Craftool Pocket Notch Punch. I just use a half round punch and then knock the hard corners off with a knife. 8287eb36d9787909d06209618099f80445be2b31_635x635.webp
  2. Thanks, Brian. I have the Techsew 4800 so everything in your photos looks familiar. Apologies, @palvim for derailing your thread. I hope you get things sorted out. Regards, Arturo
  3. So, just to be clear, Brian, there's nothing more to it than that? Slide the pin out, sand, re-install? No special slots, twists, turns or magic incantations? I'd like to try this out. Thanks, Arturo
  4. Here are some links to threads that might help regarding your questions, Jeannie. There's a lot of good stuff in Brian's posts. https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/86653-help-a-guy-out-with-his-new-skiving-machine/page/4/ https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/76603-skiving-machine-independent-feed-mod/ https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/79422-attaching-shop-vac-to-bell-skiver/ Your post has me thinking that I'd now like to set up some kind of vacuum system on my skiver. But I'd really like to see how the units with the built in vacuum are configured "out of the box" and think about reverse engineering from there before I start getting too creative and spending money. Regards, Arturo
  5. Those cyclone dust collectors look great but I think the immediate issue would be getting the material out of the bottom of the machine and table to the cyclone. I recall a thread on the forum here a while ago talking about fabricating an assembly to mount on the bottom of the table as part of a DIY vacuum assembly but I can't find it. I think Brian, ("RockyAussie") offered some information and weren't you also involved, Jimi? Maybe your memory is better than mine. Regards, Arturo
  6. Just to remind those good people who live in a colder climate and get supplied by ordering off the web that winter is approaching. Yeah, I know... The point is that it's not too early to start thinking about what you need to order before freeze up so your stuff doesn't when it's in transit. Regards, Arturo
  7. Thanks, Fred. Appreciate it. I'm curious to see what these 800 items are. The following is from a reddit posting: "Once again: the UK government agreed to this. The NIP makes it quite clear that Northern Ireland will remain in the single market and therefore subject to EU regulations. No ifs, no buts. But let's not be naive about this: when they signed it, they didn't do so in good faith. They just needed an "oven ready" deal to go into an election with. They never had the slightest intention of upholding their obligations and weaseling out of them was always the plan. This will have consequences, and not only because the EU will retaliate for breaking the treaty. Those checks and rules are not there because the EU wanted them there. They are there to keep NI in the single market. The only reason NI is still in the single market is because of the border that will have to be set up around it if it leaves. No amount of twisting and turning is going to change the fact that there is a legal and practical requirement for a hard border between two different regulatory and customs regimes. The UK government is simply trying to lift the NIP out of the wider context of Brexit so that they can ignore this. The NIP is not the problem, Brexit is. The UK can either deal with the NIP, or it can deal with the consequences of breaking the Withdrawal Agreement. And what the EU will do will be the least of their worries. It's what's going to happen in Northern Ireland if the political settlement falls apart because a land border is set up. Of course, the UK government is self serving, amoral and irresponsible enough to break the treaty anyway. Making any further concessions to or deals with such people is pointless. First legal action (which they'll refuse to comply with) and then suspension of the treaties and sanctions." There's an old Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Sadly, we are. Regards, Arturo
  8. Fred, I've tried to find these 800 new rules and the proposed 1,200 new EU regulations but I've come up dry. Could you please point me in the right direction? Regards, Arturo
  9. Hardly accurate, Fred. Casting Mexico as the EU is a poor choice of example. The UK knew what they were signing up for when they inked the Northern Ireland Protocol. A deal is a deal. You can't blame the EU for Boris Johnson's stupidity.
  10. I have an antiqued project that's a little glossier than I'd like and I'm wondering if using Tan Kote to seal the antique will bring the gloss down. Looking at the MSDS's for both products I can't see anything that would contradict doing that and I plan on doing a little test drive on some scrap but I'm wondering if anyone has ever tried this and what the results were. Thanks, Arturo
  11. There was a bit of discussion here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CCW/comments/lug10n/anyone_else_get_screwed_over_by_savoy_leather/
  12. Lot of good points made. Agreed that it's an older technology but a lot of the weight in a bell knife machine is there for stability. That cast iron is a good platform to hang all that other stuff from. It's rigid and it's sturdy. These machines are designed for industrial applications. I think that's reflected in the price. Fortuna put their first bell knife skiver out the door in 1903. A lot of that old technology hasn't changed much because it works so well. Much of it was designed and refined in the 1800's and around the turn of the 20th century when leather goods and, apparently, cast iron, were big business. LOL They were designing for durability and reliability in those days. It worked then and it works now. I think if anybody could design, build, market and profit on a bell knife or other type of skiver that was smaller and less expensive than what's on the market now, they'd be doing it. I've seen that Nippy Skimini at a trade show in Japan. It's OK but I don't think I'd buy one. It's very well built and all but just not for me. The other Nippy skivers are great. Nice, tight, well built machines that I think are well worth the asking price. I'd love to own one but for me the deal killer on bringing a Nippy to North America isn't the price tag in Japan, it's the shipping/processing/tax. Regards, Arturo
  13. Very nice. Really like the color choices, hardware selection and all round attention to detail. That's some tidy work well done. Not sure if I like the idea of those exposed Chicago screws, though. They're gonna be rubbing on something. Regards, Arturo
  14. And where, exactly, are the lines showing up on the skived area?
  15. Dwight pretty summed it up for me. I'm also in the Resolene 1:1 camp except I apply it with an airbrush. I started doing that to avoid pulling antique out and it didn't take me long to start appreciating the quality of the finish I was getting on all my veg tan, antiqued or not. One of the things I appreciate about acrylic finishes like Resolene is having the ability to control the gloss of the finish. I've found I can get anything from a nice, mellow luster to squint your eyes shiny by increasing the number of coats or by not thinning. I'm not a fan of the super high gloss look. I think it looks cheap and plasticky and it's prone to cracking but there's a sweet spot just below that level that I think looks especially good on black. I find two or three coats cut 1:1 gives me the low key luster I want for most of my stuff and, as others have observed, there's never been a problem with dye rubbing off. The water clean up is just a nice bonus. Regards, Arturo
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