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    Melbourne Australia
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    Woodworking / Photography

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    Tools probably

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  1. The most used thing in my leatherworking / woodworking shop is bbq skewers (up the top in the photo). I always make sure to have dozens. You know sometimes when you drill a hole in wood, and the hole is a couple of mm from when you wanted it to be? and when you try to drill in the correct spot, your drill bit keeps falling in the existing hole? The only solution is to stick a BBQ skewer in the hole, break it, and there you go, the hole is filled and you can drill wherever you want. Other than that I use them to mix and stir things like paint or 2 part epoxy or my favourite carnauba cream and dye mix, to apply or clean glue, to poke and mark things like an awl, to reach in tight places where my fingers can't go, and I also use them as spacers, shims, tweezers, toothpicks, pointers, measuring sticks, rulers, chopsticks and backscratchers :D They're basically an extension of my fingers at this point, the only thing I've never used them as is actual BBQ skewers
  2. They do look flimsy (and even feel flimsy when you receive them) but they usually hold surprisingly well when they're set properly. For max toughness & longevity look at SS hardware from shops that sell sailing/boating equipment. If it can hold a sail in a storm it will hold your axe.
  3. I just put a little dumbbell on the two pieces of leather to keep them in place and then prick both layers at once. Once stitched I cut again closer to the stitchline to get a perfect edge. I avoid using glue when I can, I only use it when the above method is not doable for whatever reason.
  4. yeah, pretty much what I meant with "good luck with that" It's the same as VAT/GST/Sales tax, as a Govt you're basically making everybody collect your taxes on your behalf and pay them to you (with great diligence and accuracy mind you, or else). You can only do that sort of thing to people if they don't have any other option, but here the option is simple: sell to everyone else but UK. Some guys will take it, depending how hard they make it.
  5. So the UK is basically asking everybody to be their tax collector. No biggie, they only need to hire one more dedicated employee each, for no benefit to them whatsoever, good luck with that.
  6. To be fair to the shops the majority of customers are dumb, they prefer to get sucked in by the low price and get shafted in shipping. Not any one customer specifically, but the collective customer behaviour overall is juvenile. Even the .99 pricing everywhere is a clear indication of how dumb we really behave, it basically says "this shop believes you're so dumb that you can't read decimals" But if you put shipping down or make it free, and you build it into the price in a way that it's the same total income for the shop (which makes a lot more sense for the customer because it's the only way to KNOW what he's actually going to pay at a glance without having to complete the whole order), customers are actually put off by it and they go looking elsewhere. Not your fault Tony, when it comes to pricing you have an obligation to assume people are stupid.
  7. Best part is when stitching deep inside and you're pretty much doing it blindly by feel. After that it feels like you can probably stitch behind your back LOL
  8. Spyros

    TandyPro Tools

    I just realised Weaver has a partnership with Jimmy Diresta as well, he just uploaded a tooled bag. That's another smart move by Weaver, other than the obvious that the guy has a couple million subscribers, those subscribers are exactly the type of people who are very likely to pick up a few tools and give a new (to them) craft a go. They are mostly woodworkers, metal workers and general fabricators, and like I've said before the cost of a leatherworking kit is basically nothing for this crowd, they are all tool addicts.
  9. Thanks Paloma, that makes sense! I think I've already found my preferred burnishing method. it's the electric creasing tool with the brass burnishing tip, it gives me the best possible combination of good enough and fast enough. I do 90% of everything this way and If there is a specific piece I want done perfectly I'll do it by hand anyway with some canvas cloth.
  10. Spyros

    TandyPro Tools

    yeah ebay https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leather-craft-24-39-shape-style-hole-hollow-punch-set-for-handmade-case-DIY-TOOL/223025242965?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  11. Spyros

    TandyPro Tools

    Hi Tony, apologies I haven't checked yet (reasons below) but do you ship to Australia much? and which carrier do you typically use? I generally try to avoid ordering from the US as much as possible, I've had bitter experiences with both pricing and timings, and those are things you don't really learn until you actually place an order with somebody. Having said that, Tandy's shipping to Australia, although NOT cheap, has actually been impeccable in every other way and this has been a draw for me. I always get my things from Tandy lightning fast, faster than some Australian shops even, and they have never used USPS on me. If I even suspect someone might use USPS I cancel everything immediately, it has taken USPS anything between 1-3 months to actually deliver anything to me.
  12. It's the strangest thing, I used to have your typical $5 bread cutting board from the super market. Then I bought a big $100 hdpe panel, about 1sqm and 10mm thick and screwed on my bench thinking it would be a huge convenience. To be perfectly honest i havent really noticed an improvement in functionality. The HDPE is a big flat surface, and as we all know any flat surface will inevitably fill up with more and more stuff. Cutters, thread, little jars, rulers, punches etc. And because of the stuff I end up working in a smaller and smaller corner of the hdpe, until it's even smaller than my old cutting board, except the cutting board I could just pick it up and take it to a clean part of the bench whereas the damn HDPE is bolted down so I have to clean up to continue working LOL The only thing I really enjoy about it is that it's white. The cutting board was black and I could barely see the edge of the leather so sometimes I had to reach and feel it to find it. Get a white cutting board of some sort, that's all the wisdom I have to offer LOL
  13. Make a tote for her, just to build up your confidence and get into the headspace. Totes are pretty and handy and very simple to make, and there's really no rules with regards to measurements or sizes. Just get some basic dimensions (there or thereabouts) from an existing bag, do a pattern on a piece of paper, cut a couple of straps at your wife's usual lengths and off you go. Countless videos on youtube and basic pattern ideas if you just google images. Get a little creative with the dye and the hardware and you can have a very nice result without too much heartache. You could even make a tote without stitching at all, just rivets everywhere.
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