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AlamoJoe2002

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  1. I experimented on an old leather belt using a Fiebings Pro light brown dye at 1 part dye to 4 parts hand sanitizer, 1:4 ratio. It reacted exactly as any alcohol reducer would. Didn't notice any benefit from the glycol. It may be a hindered as the effect on a old belt that wasn't stripped of the top sealer, as expected, had an non-uniform appearance. I used acetone and partly removed the existing top seal and am just trying now to get a consistent color on the well worn belt. Conclusion: Not cost effective to use as a reducer. However, will work is that is the only item on hand (humorous pun attempt) Respectfully,, JOE
  2. Any experience on using ethyl alcohol and glycerin (Purell) hand sanitizer to reduce Fiebings Pro Dye which is denatured alcohol based? I'm thinking reducing and thickening with glycerin will give me a lighter color and more control in applying. Thanks, JOE
  3. Happy Merry Everything! I would like to buy a trifold wallet for a gift for my brother. He said black or brown...but I'm open to creativity. Maximum price is $50 and I will pay shipping. I can pay several ways. Venmo is easy and fast. Background: my family draws names for holiday gifts. This year I have my brother. I never made a wallet but wanted to find something from this forum. I sent him a card and told him I was still hunting. Maximum purchase price for our gift exchange is $50. I would like to see what people can offer here on the forum for this price. I’m in the Greater Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania. If you have something you want to show me use the member mail system to contact me. Note: I have no idea where this post is allowed. I posted it in the Market place but it looks like its for selling...I will make corrections to post location as directed and do penance as required. Respectfully, JOE
  4. Wanted: A $50 Trifold Wallet to Gift my Brother. Want to buy a trifold wallet for a gift. He said black or brown...but I'm open to creativity. Maximum price is $50 and I will pay shipping. I can pay several ways. Venmo is easy and fast. Background: my family draws names for holiday gifts. This year I have my brother. I never made a wallet but wanted to find something from this forum. I sent him a card and told him I was still hunting. Maximum purchase price for our gift exchange is $50. I would like to see what people can offer here on the forum for this price. I’m in the Greater Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania. If you have something you want to show me use the member mail system to contact me. Note: I have no idea where this post is allowed. I posted it in the Market place but it looks like its for selling...I will make corrections to post location as directed. Respectfully, JOE
  5. FF, I'm an hour drive from you...Philadelphia. I'm thinking of making my own press as a clicker press and heated stamp press. Did you take a look at the bottle jack designs as apposed to the arbor press designs? I also am looking at hydraulic actuators and screw type actuators which will use a 120 volt motor...trying to stay away from the hydraulic fluids which use air pressure to run the hydraulic pump which will supply tons of pressure....something that will move and reset quickly. I like the inexpensive magnets from harbor freight...however, I never compressed one to failure. I envision an press I can center an item on a plate which has an adapter bore to accommodate various stamps and set-ups. Let me know what you are thinking about. I have a friend who has a machine shop that will build what I need using recycled older presses...I need to get a custom clicker plate made for hole punches in double pronged belts or slings. Looking at Texas Custom Dies this week. Let me know how your doing neighbor. JOE
  6. If your lathe has a mores taper #2 (MT2) you can find an inexpensive chuck from Harbor Freight (U.S.) for $12.00. Then cut your burnisher material, drill a hole for all thread rod up to 1/2 inch, secure burnisher onto all-thread with a few washers and nuts and you are in business. The H.F. has a MT2 and a chuck key. This is what I'm using. Not sure what type of design or material I'm going to end up with...but the lathe and correct cutting chisel will allow you to design your own. JOE.
  7. Thanks all. I'll look into the videos. Please keep the ideas coming. By the way can I get an opinion on the quality of the W&C standard side skirting? The color is inconsistent...is this normal? JOE
  8. I hope this inquiry finds you well. I am focused on making belts from this side of 12-14 ounce, W&C, Chestnut Skirting. It is their standard grading which was 26 sf x $9.42/sf + shipping. Under 2 weeks to arrive after placing order over the phone. I am new and have been working with chrome tan from salvaged couches. The dye isn't consistent across the entire side. I also see a lot of stretch marks. I don't know what I'm looking at as this is my 1st side and I'd like your thoughts on the material. what I'm After seeking advice for members of our forum I made a decision to start making belts. I have an Osborne draw gauge and clone 6" pull thru skiver. I have snaps and chicago screws. I need to order 1.5 inch and 1.25 inch buckles for mens belts. I don't know what women are generally looking for in bet sizes. Here is a pic of the hide taken on a ladder with out my belt on...I put the 38 inch sized belt on the side for scale. I think the dogs were weirded out for a minute... So I can begin making full length strap cuts. But that would leave short strap scraps. I would like to know what is a good side cut process to get nice normal sized belts and save larger portions of the hide for future projects. Respectfully, JOE
  9. Test. Working on resizing pics for this website.
  10. Did you use orange edge paint? Or did you roll the orange bottom up and lay the field of black over the top?
  11. FFJJDH, This post is several months old...however, I'm looking at W&C skirting for belts. Did you get a side of brown and turn out a black belt? JOE
  12. I found a few construction drawings dated Nov 1950...which I inserted below...footnote citation/credit goes to Turner Saddlery for providing the details of the 1907 sling. I'm assuming skiving is done on one side only at the fold over for the buckle. It appears the skived side is the bottom inside shown on the right side of the edge view in the top detail. Does this sound correct? JOE
  13. Yes Stephen1, that is the sling. Chuck123wapati, I'm still looking for the original specs. I asked the shooter if 13oz would work for him...he restated he wanted 1/4" thick leather. What is the typical oz leather you have seen on this 1907 sling? Now I'm concerned I may need to get the frogs made as the hardware may now be too short to hook to a thicker sling. Good info Gents! Keep it rolling! JOE
  14. The client wanted to have a near authentic sling as possible. Also, I'm a beginner and not very fast at the hand stitching. I don't have a sewing machine. But, I will present the idea to the client and get feedback. Good glue should have no problems without stitching. I like the grain on both sides presentation! JOE
  15. Hello from the Greater Philadelphia PA Area! I'm hunting down 16 ounce (1/4 inches or 6.4mm) thick strapping to make a 1907 rifle sling for a competitive shooter. He needs the sling to be thick, stiff and not to stretch when in use. I've talked to two suppliers so far with no luck. The hunt is on! I'm not ready to buy a side... Recommendations? Any saddle makers close to me such as Lancaster, PA which is Amish Dutch? I'm also looking at hardware. I found the sling "frogs" or clips at the buckleguy and aliexpress. These are commonly referred to as littleton clips (from their belts). I would like to find authentic heavy frogs for the sling. Thanks for any leads. Last time I sent up a flag a gentleman in Ireland gave me great advice. Great forum! JOE
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