DIY Leather Edger / Edge Beveler

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  1. TN_Woodman

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    I have a few basic leather working tools, but have been wanting an edger to clean up the look of my projects. I looked through one of the downloadable books from here, "Bush Leatherwork" by Ron Edwards. In one chapter he talks about making some of your own tools and give how to pics.

    I used a stainless welding rod, hammer, hack saw, triangle file, triangle piece of wood, and sandpaper (400, 800, 2000 grits). I used sandpaper over the wood to polish the inside of the tool. I was amazed how sharp it turned out. It glides thought the leather. I found a piece of spalted maple for the handle. I actually made two. The first one looks a little ruff but works the same. I'm going to see if my brother needs it. It took me about 45 minutes to make.
    I also made a diamond shaped awl. You can see some of the diamond holes in the second pic but it needs some more work.

    Any other ideas or tips, let me know.

    leather book.PNG edger1.jpeg edger2.jpeg Edge shave book.PNG
     
  2. NevadaBlue

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    I like that.
    Is the book worth having? What you showed looks good.

    OOPS, I just realized I have it in a PDF. Must look at it again...
     
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    Its a free download. It is mostly about plaiting, belts, and saddle work. I mostly skimmed through it and read though the parts i was interested in.
     
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    Pretty cool I well have to hunt the pdf down thanks for sharing this with us.
    Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Nicely done! I like that a lot.

    Could you please provide a link to the download here? I gave up after 30 minutes of searching.

    JohnP
     
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    Outstanding. I need to try that one. Could really use some different diameter bevelers.
    Thanks!
     
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    Ya done well young fellar. joe
     
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    Don't tell my Wife, but when I made my axe sheath, I used her cuticle trimmer to do the edges. Worked great!

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    Thanks guys

    Good idea. I've used my knife before but its hard to keep it very consistent.

    Thanks @NevadaBlue for the link
     
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    I liked this so much that I had to go and make a couple before the rains hit. Thanks. leather edger 1.jpg
     
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    Mighty fine job! Thanks for the idea.........
     
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    Those look great. I like the different sizes. I've been seeing the copper pipe like that a lot. Looks great and i thought about it but didn't have the time. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Thanks, I've been wanting an edger for quite a while and with the easy to understand instructions you shared I had to give it a try. The ferrules help keep the handles from splitting, although I don't think these tools will be under that kind of pressure. I'm just used to putting them on my chisels and gouges. Plus they add a professional look. Thanks again for sharing this.
     
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    something i'll definitely have to try, since now i just try to freehand with a sharp knife, and that ain't easy OR good looking!

    any reason it couldn't work from a larger nail? i ask since that's about all the steel i have handy for trying something like this. granted, for that reason, i'm gonna try to make it anyways, but figured i should ask if i was doing something wrong so i know how i should feel when i'm doing it.....lol.
     
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    I'd give it a try, I just grabbed two different size rods to try it. A welding rod and a snap-tie cause they were handy. Don't know how they'll hold up to much use, but I don't do a whole lot of leather so I
    figure they'll last a while.
     
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    I bet the nail will work. You may have to sharpen it more often, but it should be worth trying.

    I bet a cheap screw driver would work too.
     
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    That's what I was thinking, a moderately cheap flat screwdriver that would be hard enough to take the edge, but not a pain in the but to file/bend. Already flat, just bend and file the notch!

    Might try this later today if I can choose a driver to sacrifice..
     
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    I had some large nails that i thought about using, but figured the stainless would work better. If i make another i will try the nail.
     
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    I would definitely use stainless steel. Wet or damp leather coming into contact with non-stainless steel can result in your leather turning black. I wouldn’t chance it.

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    I made another today using a 10d nail. I could not get it as sharp as the others, but it works and the steel was easier to work with. I charred and oiled the handle. That's why its black. Copper ferrules.
    I also tried to make two hole diamond chisel for making holes, but failed.
    edger nail.jpg
     
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    I found a spare flat blade screw driver yesterday, and had a spare moment in the garage yesterday too. a few moments with a hacksaw, a triangular file, and then a hammer with the anvil. no pics, but I tried it on one of my axe sheaths and it cleaned those edges up nicely! thanks for showing this to me and giving me a new tool.
     
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    Another note:

    These tools are just too easy to make. I bought an edger set and all the tips were the same size (replaceable ones... with a groover). So, I attacked one with a flat jeweler’s file. I cut the notch deeper and wider and then just used the flat file to finish the outside edge. Nothing more. It works perfectly!
     
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    awesome
     
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    Very cool! Thanks guys!
     
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