Working with Leather Newbie Question

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  1. SonsOfLiberty

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    I made my first carving Knife from a Mora blank last week, and today I got creative and cut up an old gun holster and shaped a blade guard for it.

    Is there a cheap kit of tools/thread/hole puncher Someone can direct me to to finish this thing up?

    Thanks!

    Chris

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    Itty bitty drill bit, ice pick, thrift store fork, shorten/sharpen the tines (don't grab one from the kitchen!), Speedy Stitcher..


    Those two thicknesses of leather are significant. Unless you want to invest in leather working, the tiny drill bit in a dremel will be the easiest way to get a good hole through both layers. A fork still works good for light pressure to make consistent hole spacing.

    If you do go to Tandy Leather be sure to note the difference between stitching and lacing tools. And the tool descriptions are not always clear.
     
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    Hobby Lobby, Harbor Freight and Tractor Supply all sell rotary leather punches. They are probably about 15 dollars.

    If you have a Dremel type rotary tool with small drill bits you can just drill the holes. Good old fashion awls work too.
    Then saddle stitch by hand.
     
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    Yeah this leather is super thick. Thanks man I’ll use a drill bit. Should I also superglue the inside edges I assume?
     
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    Thanks for the question. I was also wondering this.
     
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    Rubber cement for the seams, super glue does work, but FAST. It even works on wet leather.

    I use a drill bit or an awl. Easy to make an awl out of a small nail or better steel from a sheet rock screw and grinder. Sharpen the steel and glue it into a hand carved handle.
     
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    I use rubber cement. I also use an awl made from a small Allen wrench (keep it cool as you grind). A fork works for spacing, or even a ruler if your patient enough.
     
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    wetting the leather where you plan to punch will make it easier. I just use a spray bottle or a wet cloth to moisten the area.
     
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    Superglued where the seams go and marked holes for the drill. Can anyone direct me to the size of needle and size/type thread I need- I’m guessing I have nothing nearly sufficiently strong. D3CDD213-ACE2-4591-B5B1-3DD9871B8175.jpeg
     
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    Look for waxed cord at WalMart, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns or pretty much any store that sells craft supply. At Michaels and Hobby Lobby, they sell synthetic sinew. You can also use carpet thread or outdoor thread. As far as needle size, if it holds your thread, it will work. I've used candle needles, carpet needles, 2/0 harness needles, long eye craft needles.
     
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    Unwound bank line has worked for me. Paracord inner strand too but it's slick. Some Saks have awls with an eye, which can work in a pinch. Some heavy duty darning needles or sail needles are great to have around though.
     
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    That synthetic sinew from Michaels worked great! Thanks again
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    Your hooked now! Lots of good vids on YouTube!
     
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    Good job with the lacing pattern. Looks awesome!
     
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    I would suggest making a welt next time to protect your stitches from the blade. Looks good though. Your already thinking about your next project!
     
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    First thing I thought. My first sheath was similar. I didn't use a welt and the knife sliced right through the threads. A welt is another piece of leather that allows the blade to sit in a pocket. So it's a three piece construction. I use Feibing's leather glue, clamp it around the edge, allow to dry. Then I use a fork to space the holes. A drill bit on my press to drill the holes.
     
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    Scarywoody, good catch

    another method would be to use rivets if keeping the outer layers in a confining mode and not requiring the welt layer

    for making a sheath or mask w/o using the welt metal rivets will do the trick

    for sheaths like this

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    i use either a hollow button headed rivet that is simply put thru a hole and hammered into submission using a set of special tools

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    or sometimes i use solid copper rivets like you find on jeans

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    that are also set w/ a special tool

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    either method utilizes simple though specialized tools that can be had from many sources

    a Tandy Leather store is on one of my regular routes to n from flea mkts so i find myself stopping in all too frequently ;-)

    the Tandy store locator says there are a few in northern California

    https://www.tandyleather.com/en/store-locator

    i've been dealing w/ these folks for quite a while and their store personel have always been knowledgeable and eager to help

    once you get a bit farther into the game you will find sources all around and a bunch on the interweb also

    HAVE FUN is Plan "A"
     
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    Thanks for the info on welts. I was worried about cutting the strings.

    Didn’t mean to say “the kid”
     
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    the way my eyes saw the assembly the stitching would have taken a hit
     
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    I made a typo. I appreciate you giving me the info
     

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