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About DwightT

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    Meridian, ID
  • Interests
    Travel, Motorcycle touring, Gardening, Keeping SWMBO happy.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    None. Just noodling around to see what drops out.
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    Leather cases
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?
    Stumbled on it while searching for info on some of my old tools

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  1. Nice. Gives me some ideas for some of the cigar smokers in the family. /dwight
  2. I finished a dice cup today using your technique (mostly) for the base. I'll need some more practice, but I have to say that I like the process and the results much more than the flush base that I was doing. I started by cutting a circle that had a radius that was about 3/8" longer than the circle that I would have used for a flush fit. After skiving and wetting, I did some initial shaping over the Campbell soup can that I was using as a mandrel. I then inserted it into the tube, smoothed the fit and stitched it in. Next I cut off the excess (about 1/8"), and finished the edge as normal. As I said, I think it looks a lot better than what I was getting before. /dwight
  3. Thanks. Seems so simple that now I feel like an idiot for asking (but the only foolish question is the one that isn't asked). I was thinking that you would have to have cut a dart in the inner rim to get it to fit properly. I didn't even think about wet molding. Haven't done any yet, so it just didn't come to mind. I'll be trying that in the next day or two on the next cup that I do. Thanks again. /dwight
  4. Beautiful work. Especially with the lifter. I have got to get more practice with that tool. /dwight
  5. I also did the "social" media thing for a while. Originally it was a convenient way to keep in touch with my daughter when she moved to the other side of the country. But with the way it has devolved over the last few years and as Chuck mentions the total narcissism that it seems to breed, I've pretty much given up on it. This forum and one motorcycle related forum are about the only types of online discussion areas that I'm involved with any more. /dwight
  6. Small workspaces almost require some level of neatness. Otherwise there wouldn't be any room to get any work done. There is actually only one can of NeatLac. The other can is NeatLac Thinner. Basically acetone. I bought both of them way back when I was in high school, long before the digital age. There is about a third of the can of the NeatLac left, and it is actually still good. I don't use it too often though. It doesn't seem to work well with the gel stains that I use. /dwight
  7. Hi Joel - I'm looking at the recessed base disk in this photo: In the dice cups and bottle totes that I've been doing I've been using a flush box joint: It works, but I think that having a recessed bottom like yours would be better, plus I would be able to do a better job of finishing the edges. Thanks /dwight
  8. Beautiful work. I like how you did the base with the recessed bottom. Can you describe how you do that? Do you cut a dart in the rim? /dwight
  9. Lets hear it for small workspaces. My tool rack is based on one that I saw in the forum - I think it was brokenolmarine. Works well for me. /dwight
  10. That is gorgeous, and high quality workmanship. Good job! /dwight
  11. DwightT

    Wine Totes

    Thanks for the kind words. We came up with a few different designs during the process, some more successful than others. With 7 kids between us and all their spouses, doing these bags gives us a way to give each kid something fairly unique for Christmas. Right now she is working on a patchwork leather bag using my chrome-tan scraps (that's what prompted her to organize my scrap bin the other day). It should be interesting once it's complete. /dwight
  12. DwightT

    Wine Totes

    When I got back into leatherwork a few months ago, my wife felt threatened because she thought family and friends would like my stuff more than her quilting (poppycock). So we came up with a way to collaborate by combining her quilting with my leather and including our mutual interest in wine: quilted wine totes with a tooled leather base. It's been a lot of fun working with her on the design and fabrication. /dwight
  13. Thanks a lot. Now my wife wants me to make a couple for the Barby doll collection that she keeps for the grandkids. /dwight
  14. Welcome from Idaho. You'll find lots of good info here, often just from digging through the archives. Lots of friendly people ready to answer questions and give advice too. Looking forward to seeing your work. /dwight
  15. I have to confess - when I got back into leather a few months ago, I sorted my scraps into veg tan and chrome tan bins. That was the chrome tan bin and since I haven't really done much with chrome tan... Most of that is from the bag of scraps that I inherited from my grandfather. My veg tan bin has a bit more in it. And I can't believe that I'm really in a discussion comparing the size of scrap bins. Seriously? /dwight
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