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  1. Your ash looks fine. It is very tough wood and doesn’t react with metal like oak does, so no staining. I use it for furniture, stitching horse and stump tables.
  2. Hello, Has anyone used W&C Milled traditional harness leather? I am interested in knowing how firm (temper) it is compared to there Bridle leather in the same thickness. Any other observations would also be helpful. Thanks Jim
  3. When I make a bag I like to know that the inside corners at the bottom are tightly closed. I use a very bright flashlight pointed into the bottom corners inside the bag and observe the outside of the bag in a dark room.
  4. I used the metal components of a Jorgenson hand screw woodworking clamp.
  5. Completed a homemade strap and belt punching jig. It is made of polyethylene (UHMW). It has slot for 3/4", 1", 1 1/4" straps. The sliding holders for the punch tools fit snug into their slots but can move freely. I drilled spaced holes exactly centered in the slot. They hold my various punches perpendicular to the leather with no play.
  6. Made two jigs along the way. The first one used a mat cutter and a related straight edge ruler. The mat cutter head travels on the ruler like a track. Two bolts keep the ruler from sliding around. The cutting blade travels through a groove cut into the board. I used the cutter handle that came with the ruler at first, then I modified the cutter and made a sliding block that fit the ruler. My second jig has a 90 degree fence at the top to allow for square cuts. There are different mat cutters on the market. I believe the cutter traveling on a track is the best way to go.
  7. I use 1/8" masonite with a checker patterned back. It is easier to cut then 1/4" and it does not slip around so much.
  8. Very impressive. Great craftwork and artwork combined!
  9. BigSiouxSaddlery, Thank you for the detailed opinion. Very helpful. Jim
  10. Hello, Has anyone used W&C Show harness leather as opposed to their Tradional harness or bridle leather. It doesn't look as shiny in photos as the Traditional harness but I'm not sure. Also I was wondering if it is as firm as their bridle leather. Thank you.
  11. I am making small cases, eyeglass,cell phone, etc. and I want a snap that open a little easier then ring type snaps.
  12. Thanks mike02130 Are you using their premium setter? It seems a little expensive.
  13. Has anyone used THK (Hasi Hato) segma snaps? RML sells them with setters. I was wondering if they are a high quality item. Thanks https://www.rmleathersupply.com/products/thk-premium-japanese-segma-snaps?variant=13869441548397
  14. Thanks for the comments, I realize a framing square or straight edge can give you the same result. I did it that ways for years. Every once in a while the edge slipped and the cut angled off. I am mainly a furniture builder and wanted to jig up my work to give me accuracy and repeatability. The fixed top piece makes it easy to line up the leather edge for square cuts, the guide rail clamps down on the leather preventing it from slipping. The cutter block travels in a straight line with the blade perpendicular to the leather at all times. Woodworkers build jigs like this all the time. Here are a couple others.
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