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In another thread  . . . we discussed using a vacuum pump and a vacuum bag to form holsters.

One of the folks asked for some pictures of my "system".

Here is a short video of what I do . . . and how I do it.

https://youtu.be/3KS1hAQ5c3U

May God bless,

Dwight

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Dwight,

Thank you!!

God bless

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excellent video!!!! short and to the point!

Does the leather get thinner also or does it come back to original thickness after the vacuum is let off? Darn now i have another project to work on, a bag for my pump.

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Great Video and thanks for talking about how you made the plastic bag and seal it up.

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Ditto. Great video and thanks for sharing.

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Great video. I thought you might leave the holster under vacuum till it partially dried like manual wet forming. 

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9 hours ago, chuck123wapati said:

excellent video!!!! short and to the point!

Does the leather get thinner also or does it come back to original thickness after the vacuum is let off? Darn now i have another project to work on, a bag for my pump.

Truthfully . . . I don't think so . . . but I've never taken a micrometer to it to find out.

I pretty much know what size I'm planning on using for what gun and what holster . . . and I just form it . . . sew it . . . finish it . . . and send it.

The bag is easy . . . getting that piece off ebay to suck the air out of the bag was the hardest thing of all . . . 

May God bless,

Dwight

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4 hours ago, 327fed said:

Great video. I thought you might leave the holster under vacuum till it partially dried like manual wet forming. 

It's a good idea . . . but actually I was surprised the first time I used it . . . the vacuum sucks a bunch of water out of it . . .  but it kinda gets to a certain plateau and it doesn't seem to get much more out.  The pieces dry really quick though.

I started out not having any one to ask . . . had to play "try and see" . . . my basic process is what you saw . . . as most all of the holsters I make are flat backed . . . even the pancakes.  I found the regular pancake holster to be far, far less comfortable than a flat backed one . . .  and the flat backed ones still have good retention.

May God bless,

Dwight

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Thanks. Got any idea what the connector off eBay is called?

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I believe that is it. Thanks. I found an article in Wood magazine where they used a liner to go under a shower stall pan and the connector to connect a feeder line into the bottom of a toilet tank. 

https://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/editorial-extras/shop-made-vacuum-press-bag?

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I only paid like 7 or 8 bucks for mine . . . 

I could not find the exact one I bought years ago . . .  but this is the nearest I found . . . https://www.ebay.com/itm/391876111610?hash=item5b3da2ecfa:g:gKcAAOSwkklZpdPd

I didn't read all the description, etc.  . . .  but I think this would work.

May God bless,

Dwight

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Thanks

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Dwight,

How did you slot the PVC pipe for the closure? I have done that on a table saw before but it really dulled the blade. 

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11 hours ago, 327fed said:

Dwight,

How did you slot the PVC pipe for the closure? I have done that on a table saw before but it really dulled the blade. 

I anchored the PVC on top of my wooden work bench . . . took an angle grinder straight down the middle . . . I would have used a table saw . . . but don't own one at the moment.

May God bless,

Dwight

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Thanks

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