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Leather work has intimidated me ever since I was a boy scout. The multiple steps, special tools, and attention to detail has always thrown me off. Now I'm older, wiser and able to focus on one thing for more than 5 minutes which makes leather work a lot more fun. The tools you need you can order with a few clicks online now (I didn't have amazon, or the internet, 30 years ago). I hope to show you that this hobby can be fun and even relaxing! I will say this now: "I am not a professional, I don't do this all of the time, and I certainly don't get paid to do it. My way is not the end all solution to many of these steps. I encourage you to search Instructables for other full lessons on each step! And as always, I certainly appreciate any feedback that will help me and future readers to make this easier to understand!" Also, please read or at least skim all the steps before you start gluing and stitching everything together. I made a really dumb and avoidable mistake in the order of operations. Just make sure you stitch the belt buckle (if you want one) before you assemble the rest. Lets get too it!

Step 1: Acquire Materials and Tools

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If you going to make something out of leather, you'll need to get some of you don't already have it. Most of my projects are pretty small so I usually get belly cuts of Veg-Tan leather because they are cheaper. I included a diagram of how the cut hide and what the cuts names are. You can also get also get different weights. I try and stick in the 6-9 oz range for projects like this. If you're a smart shopper you can find different cuts, weights and scraps on sale and not spend a lot on it.

Paper or cardboard to cut a pattern. Nothing fancy but thick enough to hold up with tracing it onto the leather. I used a extra little promotional poster I had sitting around.

Tape to hold said pattern while you're working.

A snap set if you want a metal snap to hold it closed

Tools: From left to right on the picture

You by no means need to run out and buy all of the stuff in this picture! There are many tools that do the same job 2 different ways. If you have a Tandy Leather or other local leather supply store and tell them what you're making they will usually be happy to come up with a decent set of tools that can get the job done. And if you are you are current or former military, fire or police, you get a significant discount at Tandy!

Stitching Grover - gives you a uniform grove along the line that you will stitch

Overstitch Spacing Kit - wheel that evenly spaces your stitches

Saddle Stitch Needles - for saddle stitching

Lacing Fid or Awl - Pokes the whole you need to sew the leather

Stitching Awl - it's your sewing tool "one option"

4 Prong Point Stitch Chisel - gives uniform wholes in which to stitch through

Super Skiver - thins the joining spot of leather "Easier to understand in action than by name"

Bees Wax - a good edge sealer

Honing Resin - helps with sharpening tools

Edge Beveler - Bevels the edge of the leather "#4 pictured"

scrap chunk of leather to sharpen you edgers, cut pound and practice on as you work

X-acto Knife - cuts stuff, have extra blade on hand, they can dull quickly cutting leather

Wood Slicker Burnishing tool - gives you that finished slick edge

Mallet - Wacks tools. not metal, preferably a "leather working" mallet

Hole Punch - Not Shown in picture

Button set - Also not shown

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Leather glue, dye, and finish - your choice, I could write a book on just picking these three things and how to use them. Most popular glue is probably contact cement, leather die, whatever color you want, and I use an acrylic protective finish but there's lots of options.

Other picture: A Stitch Pony - if you are going to hand stitch a lot of leather this thing is a huge help!

dgschwartz4404 months ago
Chris, thought you my be interested in this project
itskeeton (author)  dgschwartz4404 months ago
I don’t see a link?
garbo45acp4 months ago
I made one very similar, but used 5 rivets across the blade end to join the front and back, and two more rivets to add a strap to the back that goes over the top and closes with a snap. I was afraid that the blade would cut the stitching during handling.
I made my own stitching pony some years ago because (1) I was too cheap to buy one and (2) I had a band saw to cut the two curved pieces. Everything else is pretty much square cuts and holes for stove bolts. It's not that hard to do just by looking at photos. I did not join the two long pieces at the base, so I can add wooden blocks and get any spacing I want from 3/4" and up. The inside surfaces of those long pieces required a fair amount of sanding, but again I had power tools. I think I got the best tips on features from one of the Stohlman (?) books that Tandy sells. The curved ends are wrapped with a layer of garment leather I salvaged from an old bomber jacket. It's just enough to grip well without leaving marks on whatever I'm sewing.
No offense, but I think you intended to say "time LAPSE". If two clocks were sitting down they might have 'time laps', but when a camera is run at a low frame rate so that the speed of the action is greatly sped up when viewed, that's "time lapse."
"Lapse" is from Latin, meaning slip or slide, and is also used in expressions such as "a lapse in judgement" or "my concentration lapsed". "Elapsed" -- meaning passed -- is from the same origin, so it would be proper to say "The action in the time lapse film was greatly sped up because one second elapsed between each exposure."
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itskeeton (author)  garbo45acp4 months ago
Ah yes that is what I meant! English has not my strongest asset but I do try to get it right. I’ll get that edited.

I like your design on your sheath. I did the layer build up and (glue and stitch) because I was worried that the blade rubbing against the metal. I appreacate you taking the time to leaving a message. And if you find any more grammatical errors let me know :)