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puros_bran
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PostSubject: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:13 am

An awl?

Something like this? http://www.amazon.com/SE-7924LP-Heavy-Duty-Leather-Punch/dp/B000NK5VY2

A nail and a hammer?


Help me out.


Long long long story that involves two guns a gangster and a hillbilly and me ending up with a bag of leather thinking maybe I should give a go at making concealed carry pocket holsters. Don't ask. Lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:56 am

Hi Puros,

When I've done leather working, I've used all the above mentioned which worked pretty well, though you'll need a decently thick chunk of flat wood to hammer against. The other method used which is quite quick was a hand driven drill and drill bit to make the required holes, again a sturdy flat piece of wood helps.

Good luck with your holsters. Might be a good idea to mock one up in canvas before cutting your leather too.

Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:13 am

A battery operated hand drill and a 1/16" drill bit works great, but you have to be careful to keep your holes perfectly vertical or your stitching ends up slanted.

A drill press works even better.

And Timbo is right. You need a piece of backing wood.

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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:33 am

If you want to actually stitch two pieces of leather together, this is how mosy saddler's do hand stiching using a tool like this. The vid shows it well.

http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/product/craftool-overstitch-wheel-system-8091-00.aspx

http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/home/leathercraft-projects/saddle-stitching.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:48 pm

I need to get some real tools but.. Here's what I can do with a pocket knife, some waxed thread, and a couple needles... Lol.
It entertained me for a little while, I'll call it a win.





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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:36 pm

[quote="puros_bran"]I need to get some real tools but.. Here's what I can do with a pocket knife, some waxed thread, and a couple needles... Lol.  
It entertained me for a little while, I'll call it a win.

Impressed the hell out of me Razz Razz Razz cheers FTRPLT





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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:57 pm

sorringowl is involved with fine handcrafted leather products and should have some sage advice. pm him.




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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:59 pm

Is that a CVA .32 with the swivel barrel? Got one in all brass. Nice holster by the way.
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:04 pm

No it's a North American Arms in 22lr.
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:09 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Long long long story that involves two guns a gangster and a hillbilly

Sounds like the plot line of a John Ford movie.

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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:37 pm

I do a lot of trading. One of the sucker sides of being on a non-inflation adjusted fixed income.
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:57 pm

I started another. I still need to edge, sand, mold, and burnish but this is as far as I can get until I get some proper tools.. And it's a 'concealed' holster so I guess function over form.. Consider it the corn cob of the holster world? Lol. That's a S&W Bodyguard 380 if curious.



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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:00 pm

puros_bran wrote:
Consider it the corn cob of the holster world?

Avoid pipe mud and you'll be fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:08 pm

puros_bran wrote:
I started another.  I still need to edge, sand, mold, and burnish but this is as far as I can get until I get some proper tools.. And it's a 'concealed' holster so I guess function over form.. Consider it the corn cob of the holster world?  Lol.      That's a S&W Bodyguard 380 if curious.




I just bought one of those for my collection! Nice holster for it Smile

I need to buy a holster for mine soon. Keep up the good work though!

When I use leather of my tampers, to put the carriage bolt through, I just use a razor and cut an X. But that doesn't look like it's what you need for what you are using the leather for.

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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Sun Aug 30, 2015 5:42 pm

I need a diamond shaped awl, a edger, a groover, and something to burnishthe edge with. Probably some actual leather needles would be nice and I want to eventually get fish scale and/or basket weave punches... Anyway, in due time.

I know what I've done is crude and very elementary but I've enjoyed myself and I'm making things that are useful.

The Bodyguard 380 is the second best pocket pistol I've ever fired. I like the Sig 238 better but at almost twice the cost I can't justify it.
The BG380 is three times the shooter over the Ruger LCP.
As part of my trade I received 200rounds of ammo, 100 FMJ (more like semi wadcutter) 50 lead hollow points, and 50 Hornady Zmax. I could have shot all of them on Day 1. Day 1 with the LCP left me thinking I'd majorly screwed up by the end of the first magazine.
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PostSubject: Re: Punching holes in leather for sewing???   Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:50 am

Holster number 3





Just screwing with you.. A few weeks back on my birthday the Mrs and Kids pulled a rabbit out of the hat and somehow managed to hit a grandslam home run, get drafted into the NFL and chuck a touchdown, then get drafted into the NBA and shoot a clutch buzzer beater half court 3 pointer for the win. We were dead broke, my insurance didn't come in and we literally had $3.84 in the bank. Low and behold her they come marching in with an order conformation from simplyrugged.com

Well here it is 2-3 weeks later, as advertised, and I check the email to see if he's created a shipping label yet... Yup, in fact he mailed it Thursday, it's been in the mail box since Saturday morning.. I literally hobbled out of the house, walker and car keys.. Drove down to the mail box and retrieved my holster at 00:30. Lol. Can you imagine the look of surprise in "I'm to drunk to drive but I have to get home so I can sleep a few hours before work" eyes when he comes around the corner and sees silky pj bottoms, a Hawaiin shirt, and a walker standing at the mailbox? I bet he wondered if he needed one more drink or one less drink. Lol. Anyway, simplyrugged.com is the stuff.
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