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    Melbourne Australia
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    Woodworking / Photography

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    Tools probably

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  1. Derrr, I mean Chicago not Philips obviously LOL
  2. Welcome to my world, I hardly ever remember the hardware until it's too late LOL I've become an expert on after the fact operations like punching holes in the air (drilling is a great alternative) and shoving various hard items of different shapes inside projects to be able to push a rivet in and somehow punch it to lock. Also removing misplaced saddle rivets is kind of a specialty of mine. Lotsa fun In your case I'd drill the holes instead of punching them and then I'd use Philips screws instead of rivets (don't forget the loctite).
  3. By the way if a steel tool breaks when dropped it doesn't mean it's poor quality, it means it has been heat treated for maximum hardness and to hold an edge, which usually means it will be brittle. Drop a high end metal file on a concrete floor a couple of times, it will break. Bevellers are not meant to be used with force anyway.
  4. I'm really happy with my Kemovan craft ones (ver 3) Having said that I haven't tried the ones you mentioned so I'm only comparing with the Wuta leather ones I had previously (and they are night and day)
  5. That's really good, well done! I love it when people find solutions like that Personally my biggest problem with my setters (I have like 50 of them, all cheapies) is figuring out when to use each one of them, cheap setters means no instructions But I did sth similar with hole punches, I bought a whole bunch of cheap ones from the hardware store (I think I paid sth like $15 for 2 sets of 5) and shaped them and sharpened them to leather working standards. 6 months in they're still going strong, no complaints, turns out even though cheap it was actually proper tool steel and well treated. Unfortunately I don't have a metal lathe or machine shop around so I did all the shaping on the belt sander with just a basic jig, then did the sharpening on the drill press. Not easy, and I did destroy the first few I tried, but I got the hang of it eventually and ended up with 6 usable ones in all the basic sizes. When working with belt sanders the key is to keep dunking your work piece in water to keep it cool so you don't anneal/soften the steel. The other thing I did I bought a box of cheap assorted cutters in all shapes, for those times when you just don't have the exact shape/size punch in your arsenal. Now those things are very basic and thin, not heavy duty at all, but they do cut like razors. So I found the one I was using the most, cut a slot with a dremel on a steel bar and then a hole with a drill, and made it into a tool with a handle. Took about 10 mins. Like I said not heavy duty at all, but on light leather it does the job very well, it cost basically nothing and I've been using it every day for months now. Just have to remember not to smack it too hard, it's not a normal punch. Again you have to be careful not to destroy or deform the cutting bit when drilling the hole, that was the most challenging part. Needs a sharp drill bit, spraying with WD40, and some sort of soft support like a piece of wood.
  6. Maybe then try your normal process on an offcut and see if that covers the odour. Or try something neutral like saddle soap.
  7. I find my usual oil dye then carnauba cream then resolene covers any odours.
  8. Pay an accountant for half an hour to walk you through the basics in sales tax and registering a business. It's different from place to place. Don't price your items to make a profit, price them to what they're selling for. Then figure out if you're actually making a profit at those prices and that will tell you if you want to really invest in business.
  9. Love it, big fan of the English tan with black edges Brass hardware might also look great
  10. Frodo, he's talking about the machine for belts ($1,800) Not the handheld tool
  11. Yeah I just painted it, and yep it was a photo opp There was caked sawdust everywhere... the only way to clean was to take everything outside (incl the benches) which was a massive job, and I figured if I'm gonna do all that I may as well give it a coat of paint.
  12. Thanks guys No, you're absolutely right, it's just that I haven't found a good one yet. We're still in lockdown over here so I can't visit the usual places to check out their offcuts.
  13. The box is where I keep my most used items, KS blades, maul, box cutter etc The other containers up top are mainly for sandpaper and canvas To the right is a rotary tool for polishing, electric creasing tool, brushes for glue, bulldog clips, press Boba Fett in the corner needs to get airbrushed at some point the tambour box is just for random other stuff And the drawers on the left are mostly hardware. Amazing how quickly hardware builds up Aaaand that's it pretty much I haven't actually done any leatherworking in here yet, I just finished it today. I hope it works well
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