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  1. I've been wet molding leather trays using a stainless steel bowl, and a Pyrex casserole dish purchased on a local junkin trip. Unfortunately, the bowl makes a tray that's too small, and the Pyrex dish is also about an inch too narrow for what I need. I'm planning to make molds out of solid wood , but am not sure what to seal the wood with ? Thanks for your suggestions !!
  2. Thanks Tom. I'll give it a try.
  3. Thanks Tom and Alaisiagae ! Tom, how would the lacquer affect the leather- other than the waterproofing ? Would it darken it, stiffen it, or, leave a shiny film (like Super Sheen does) ? Thanks again ! Mike
  4. Ed, what does "LCI" stand for ? I tried googling it, but came up with nothing that seemed to be tied to those initials. Thx
  5. Those are awesome...at any level of skill, let alone your first solo project ! Great job !! I'm curious how your waterproofing is working ? I also make (veg tan) coasters, but noticed they begin to stain really badly after a few weeks of use. Coffee and wine seem to be really bad, but even water leaves a stain. I've experimented with; 1) Fiebings Leather Balm; 2) Tandy's Eco Flo Super Sheen; 3) Tandy's Eco Flo Top Finish; 4) Mink Oil; 5) Saddle Soap, and; 6) Dr Jackson's Oil for Leather- ALL recommended by Tandy and Fiebing. I've even experimented applying each on to dry leather, cased leather with 1 coat to as many as 4 coats. NONE work perfectly (of course, some better than others). Also, most leave a shiny film on the surface, which for my coaster designs is not desireable. I'm sure open for suggestions any one
  6. Very nice, and compact ! Wish I would have seen this before I bought my HF 12 ton press- which is overkill for what I need (and super bulky for my 1 car garage/storage unit/woodworking shop/leatherworking shop :)). Any idea what this cost you to make ? Might want to sell these ?
  7. Very nice, and compact ! Wish I would have seen this before I bought my HF 12 ton press- which is overkill for what I need (and super bulky for my 1 car garage/storage unit/woodworking shop/leatherworking shop :)). Any idea what this cost you to make ? Might want to sell these ?
  8. Bummer !! Was afraid of this. Hopefully someone else might have a suggestion. Thanks Tom
  9. I know this post is from 2008, but, hopefully Ed will see this question and reply. First of all, great test Ed !! Very helpful. I did a much smaller test to waterproof some coasters I made, but the best product for waterproofing the leather made the coasters very stiff and shiny. How did the Sno-Seal and Aussie Wax leave the leather ? Thank you !!
  10. I'm mainly interested in 8-10 oz veg tanned leather dyed various shades of tan to med brown so I can see how my coaster designs will look. If you have any pictures of such leather, would you please email to mdwintz@yahoo.com ? Thanks !
  11. I realize this topic- which I started, sorry !!- has taken a life of its own, but, just for the record, if you watch the video on the ALD web site, ""About our leather", it clearly states that their leather comes from Mexico. I'm sure that doesn't 100% close out this topoc, but, it should at least establish that ALD is not being deceptive in their advertising.
  12. Thanks Mike. I'll be in touch. Mike
  13. Thank you for your helpful reply. I'm actually talking to them right now about some of their leather products. Didn't even know they do custom production. Appreciate the help ! Mike Thanks for the suggestion Terry !! Mike Thanks for the suggestion Mike !! Mike
  14. Does anyone know how I might find a company here in the US that I can get to mass produce a leather product for me ? I don't need this right now, but hope to soon.
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