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  1. Hi All - Up for sale are several stitching clams I recently constructed. These clams were handmade from a variety of hardwoods. Each has been signed, numbered, and dated. Due to the steam bending / lamination process and the use of different hardwood species, each clam is slightly different in its construction. Unless otherwise noted, each clam features the following: Profiled jaws, padded with whiskey Buttero leather Retaining strap for storage Contrasting wedged dowel reinforcements at joints Hidden needle magnets Mortised brass hinges Clam #2 (Ash / Sapele construction) - $500 (Sale Pending) Clam #4 (Walnut / Sapele construction) - $525 Clam #5 (Sapele / Walnut construction) - $525 Prices include domestic shipping. If you are looking to ship internationally, please message me for details on the additional shipping cost. Additional details (along with additional pictures) for each individual piece can be found in my etsy listing here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/784930167/leather-stitching-clam-saddlers-clam
  2. Hi all - I’m sure many on here have seen (and like me, drooled over) the Fred Moreau clams that a few lucky souls were able to get their hands on. For my part, I’m still working with a very inadequate Tandy stitching pony, while continuously promising myself that I’d one day get around to building something bigger and better. That day finally came when I visited home for the Christmas holidays and I convinced my dad to donate his skills and equipment as a woodworker to help me in my endeavor. My goal was simple – create something as close to the Moreau clam as possible. Anything else just seemed inferior. For the wood I used zebrawood for the jaws (each jaw is a laminate of 4 pieces at about 1/8” thickness each, bent into shape with a custom form), walnut for the base, maple for the “lips”, and a combination of walnut / ash for the wedged dowels. Overall, the piece is 100 cm from tip to base, and has a little over 20 inches of space to work with on larger format projects. The one improvement for next time (if there is one), is to add some sort of internal “guide rails” on the jaws to keep things aligned well. The hinge has a little bit of play, so there’s some lateral movement that I’d like to get rid of. I’ve tried to chronicle the build process in the imgur album blelow (I’ll apologize in advance for my pictures – I’m slowly being convinced to spend money on a nice camera). This hasn’t been put into action just yet, but am looking forward to tossing the old tandy stitching pony, and actually being able to stitch bigger things like bags without holding them in my legs BUILD ALBUM: https://imgur.com/gallery/7C6NI1t
  3. Hagrid

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    Hi guy, I'm fairly new to this. Got my first stcjing pony today. I'm so excited to start making some quality stuff. My pony came with some padding, some stretchy, shiny stuff. I guess my first question is, should I use the pieces given or just use veg tan scraps or chrome tan scraps? My second is how do I attach it. I was thinking using some glue that I have, but if I'm being honest I don't know if it's contact cement or what. I thought that it wouldn't be a good idea to use too strong of a glue either, for replacement purposes. Thanks in advance.
  4. Hi all, My name is Spyro, I do some woodworking just for the pleasure of it, and trying to get into leatherworking for pretty much the same reason I thought I'd share my first steps here before I start bombarding people with questions about leather First thing I tried to do was complete a set of basic hand tools (buy or make) and then make some sort of tool box to put them in. I started by making a stitching pony, because I saw some really nice designs on etsy I think, and it looked nice and very important for some reason LOL Then I made a few awls and an HDPE maul. I know I'm really fussy about hammers and mallets, so I ended up drilling a bigger and bigger hole in it and kept adding metal washers until it had exactly the weight and balance that suited my hand turned out ok in the end, but most importantly it hits well. I made some other little things from wood and brass, some burnishing tools, a little brass hammer and roller etc. I'm not much of a metal worker, probably for the best or I'd still be making tools LOL Then came the tool box. I'm planning to keep leatherworking out of the shed because it's really dusty in there, so I had to make something kinda presentable for in the house, and this is what I came up with (that little knob thing is just some buttons cast in epoxy and turned on the lathe. I'm still deciding on drawer handles) So yeah, so far I'm having a lot of fun with this leatherworking thing without even doing any actual leatherworking LOL But I have started making a tote, and I'll post it here soon for you guys to laugh at in the meantime if anyone wants to make any of that stuff in the photos and is wondering how, please feel free to ask! All the best, Spyro
  5. Little King Goods posted this stitching pony on his IG and had to order one. It came from Korea in about 2 weeks a little pricey for what it is, it is very nice and very portable. I am going to put some leather on the jaws love this design I think I might have to reverse engineer this in walnut or oak.
  6. So I have a bunch of wood. I just made a stitching clam (Pics below, not great but it will work) I already have wood cut for another and enough to make at least 4 more kike it. I also want to make 4 (1 for me) stand up clams also. Literally standing on the floor 4ft tall out of 2x6x8 cedar boards. Free wood, a saw, a drill, and router to you... Help for me. I even have a few hinges if you are not particular. Win Win I am tired of drilling an screwing everything to my table to hold it still. Anyone up for a Pony Party? You bring the bolts & HW, I used a 5 and 6 inch in these pics. Here is a thread with ideas I had, and here is what I made. PM me or respond here. No staining involved this way we are done in 1 day. http://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/78885-time-to-replace-the-shetland-ponyfoal/
  7. Fire88

    New Tools

    I needed a new stitching pony and a box sewing jig and a 45 guide to cut my miters, so I used some wood I had hanging around my brothers shop.
  8. Hello! I'm looking for one of these clamps that has built in holes or grooves to help sew thin leather evenly. 30 seconds in the video: Anyone knows where I can find something like this?
  9. See here a sit down style, pedal actuated stitching pony in near new shape! 50$ plus shipping from Colorado 970-379-4959 jacobkoski@gmail.com
  10. I have a large stitching horse, so for sale: Fairly new Tandy Stitching Pony. $15 plus shipping. Paypal. YinTx
  11. This is my first post on here as well as my first foray into leatherworking. A couple of weekends ago my daughter talked the wife and I into going to the Maryland Renaissance Faire with her. She likes to get dress in either period or fantasy costume on these expeditions and was resplendent as a "Tavern Wench" except that she had nowhere to hide/stash her modern necessities; cash, ID, smartphone, etc. Her mother ended up play the part of "pack mule" for the day. We had intended to pick up a small leather belt pouch or a possibles bag but were shocked at the prices being demanded. Being what I consider to be a fairly handy gent and loving father, I decided that I would make her a belt pouch before she headed out on her next grand adventure. With these thoughts in mind, I dug out the very small and basic (5 stamps & a wooden mallet) leather tools set that I've had floating around the shop for years and then proceeded to scour the inter-webs for ideas, tutorials, patterns, and plans! I found a boat-load of stuff! Besides realizing that I would eventually need a lot more in the way of tools, I found out that nearly everything is laced, stitched, or sewn and unless I was willing to plop a ton of cash down on the barrelhead up front for a machine, I'd be doing a lot of hand sewing. I looked at purchasing a stitching pony, but found that for nearly $100 + S/H, I could probably build one from the extensive scrap pile in the garage. So with an image plucked from the inter-webs... I headed out into the shop to see how high I could successfully stack sawdust! Digging through the scrap heap, I found I had all of the bits (in white oak) necessary to create my very own stitching clamp. Nearly all of the pieces were already sized too. The first piece I found was perfect for the seat board; 3/4" x 6" x 20". I drilled a 1/4" through hole with a 5/8" diameter x 3/8" deep counter bore to accept a 1/4-20 x 4" carriage bolt that the swivel block would ride on. The edges were eased with a 1/4" radius bit in a palm router. I thought about tapering the seating area but decided against it when I realized I need to get a new resaw blade for my bandsaw. I then went back to the scrap heap and found two pieces that were 3/4" x 3 1/2" wide. One piece was 18 1/2" and the other was 19". I glued a 2" x 3 1/2" piece to one end of each leg to build up the jaws of the clamp. Once the glue had dried, I cut the jaws at a 45° angle. I then formed up the swivel block by laminating three pieces of 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", gluing and pinning them together. When the glue dried, I sanded everything square and then glued and pinned the base of the hinged leg to the swivel block. I mitered the outside top edge of the leg base to accommodate the hinge barrels. Everything is held in place by the swivel block carriage bolt, a 1 1/4" fender washer, and a 1/4-20 wing nut. I attached both legs of the clamp to the swivel block. I glued and pinned the stationary leg to the block and then attached the hinged leg using two 3/4" x 1" hinges. I cut the end of the hinged leg at 3° to allow additional pressure to be applied at the jaws then mitered the lower outside edge of the leg at 45° to allow for the hinge barrels. Since I forgot to drill the tension bolt holes before I attached the clamp legs, I drilled a 1/4" through hole in the hinged leg then uses a transfer punch to mark where the hole would be on the stationary leg. I drilled a 1/16" pilot hole through the stationary leg to align the counter bore that accepts the 1/4-20 x 4" carriage bolt used to apply tension to the jaws. I then went back and elongated the hinged leg hole to make fully opening the hinge side easier. To ensure that the bolts don't end up spinning in their respective holes while trying to tighten things up, I epoxied the bolt heads into their counter bores with a little JB Weld. This is how things stood before I added a layer of leather (5/6 oz I think) to the jaw faces, to protect my future work pieces. If you've read this far down, I thank you for your diligence and patience. Please let me know what you think and suggest an improvements your experience tells you I should make. Thanks. R/Derby (Topsnipe)
  12. Made from maple with brass hinges. The jaws slope away at a 45 because the table saw blade wouldn't tilt any farther. Mostly not a problem, but there have been instances I'd have liked a bit more room. Last minute modification, a second set of holes for the bolt that holds the arms together. One close to the jaws for more clamping power. The other near the base for larger pieces of leather. I've not seen muti-shaft-holes before, but anyone could drill another set or two on their pony if they wanted. Mostly I keep it in the lower holes because even if I don't need all that throat, I don't want to squeeze all that hard either. But there are times.
  13. I'm about to go down the road of making my own sewing awl, and I got a little stir crazy waiting for my pin vise to show up. I figured I should divert my attention into a stitching pony since it's likely I'm going to need one. I built it this evening after work, sort of in a mad dash kind of way. Too many of my projects require exacting detail that can't be rushed that sometimes it's fun just to see how fast and how much work I can lay down in a couple hours. Anyway tried some ideas I had on this and I wouldn't be surprised if I rebuild this project at a later point using some of my notes from the first go round. Of course I have to use it enough to assess function before I go back to the drawing board. Some different approaches on this, the big one being a tension mechanism that is both easy and entirely contained in the middle to avoid getting caught up with any thread and workflow happening on the outside. Also I wanted something nice looking without requiring my effort of sanding and staining so I used some flooring I got from HD.
  14. My husband made me a really nice stitching pony out of Mahogany and curly maple. I'm really excited to start using it! Also, I threw together an experimental bracelet with stitching to hold on a carving I did a while ago. If anyone has any suggestions or online resources for decorative stitching, that would be awesome. It looks rather haphazard, as is. (Apologies for the sloppy hole placements - I was lazy because it's for myself, as I can't sell mammoth ivory online anymore due to etsy and ebay's new policies.)
  15. Hi I bought me a stitching pony and that really helped me with my stitching. But I didnt like the wingnut that you fasten your work with. The whole thing rotated when you tried to tighten it. The wing itself was to small and kept hurting my my fingers. So I came up with an idea, why not use one of those quick release bolts you have on bicycles. So I have ordered one of those and will try it and if it works well I'll let you know (pretty sure it will). Here is picture of how it looks like
  16. I made this about a year ago, inspired by the Wild Rose Trading Company tutorial here: http://www.wrtcleath...stitchpony.html It works fine, either bench mounted with a clamp, or under thighs in a chair, but I now prefer to stitch without a pony. Height: Approx 18". Base: approx 20". Maximum jaw width: about 3/4". It uses a threaded post and two wing nuts for keeping the jaws closed. $18 + actual shipping cost, US destinations only. Unless requested otherwise I will partially disassemble it to reduce the package size. You'll need a Phillips screwdriver and a power drill with square drive (?) (one of those pseudo Phillips bits) decking bit for reassembly. Mitch
  17. This is a homemade stitching pony that I made about 12 years ago out of some scraps I had lying around. It is the ideal height, for me, while sitting in my desk chair or my recliner while lacing. I designed the jaws to swivel on the footboard because I like to have my project lengthways to me while saddle stitching and crossways to me while double and triple loop lacing. The jaws have two locking positions for this purpose. The clamp on the jaws has multiple teeth for adjusting to different thicknesses and is easy to make quick changes without having to have constant foot pressure to hold the piece in place, so I can get up to get more coffee. The interior strap is also adjustable just in case it ever has to hold something larger than normal. It is a very simple design that has served me well, I have used this stitching pony to stitch or lace many, many projects over the past several years. To view some photos of my leather work please visit http://www.facebook.com/DeVilbissLeather
  18. Hey guys I finally made a stitching clamp and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself Much better than anything you can get from tandy fer sher it is a floor standing model with a foot control lever similar to a stitching horse lever you can comfortably sit at your kitchen chair and stitch up your leather working projects. I learned a lot when I made this one so I am going to make several revisions to the next one like making the clamp jaws and base out of 2"X6" and add a stash drawer for stitching tools and thread ect and I am going to add a shelf to hold tools when you need to put them down but still have them right handy when you need them again. I think I can offer the deluxe model for $65.00 Shipped i figured by the time I buy materials and shipping I might make $12.00 which works out to around a buck fiddy an hour Fellas if you don't mind give me a little feed back about what you think. would this be something that anyone might be interested in purchasing and would it be worth my time and finances to build a few to put up for sale? BTW I will sell this one for $40.00 shipped to anywhere in the lower 48 Alright No wise cracks about my old white nasty looking crippled up legs £bigeye£
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