Leather First attempt at Fancy pants for my new axe.

ndoghouse

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Hey folks! Yep I finally took the dive into leatherwork. Watch out Pugs! Ha! Dont think you got anything to worry about brother! Anyway I hung a new handle on a Plumb no.4 single bit axe and got it finished up. Its a vintage NOS but had never been used. I lost my other axe in a house fire and never found it. I had been using a double bit axe but not my favorite design when your using knotty oak wood. I dont have much for leather working tools and have been making do with what I got or can make. I figured an axe sheath should be easy enough just to get started. Got me some leather to get started and im going to make it black. I figured a snap fit at first but will end up using a Sam Browne stud.

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I think i got a basic plan layed out so here goes nuthin!

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I put two tabs on the sides in case I want to put a grommet and tie to slip around the handle in case the snap came loose but decided to no do that. Main snap just has to work.

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Theres the welt glued on.

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And test fit.

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and a little touch up on the belt sander.

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I did want to make a cutout to show the logo so lets see how that works out?
More later fellas! I got to process some more pics. Im actually done with the sheath but will show progress anyway. Im actually making a full size Aranyic Machette sheath now but im still waiting on my edge bevelers from Hong Kong. Pugs I got more questions than I can even start now so will update ya when I can! Sure has been helpful to have several of your sheaths for reference. Man i sure got lots of respect for what you do now that i try to do this myself. Your rigs are just beautiful works of art man!
 

ndoghouse

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Ha! "Jack of all trades but master of none they say" Whatever they say aint good enuff for me!! I dont think I can burn myself as bad doing leather work eh? lets hope!
 
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ndoghouse

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Anywayz a new hobby and little time to do it! I got pics uploaded i think??? This new format aint workin for me? Proceed.

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Here is a the screw on inside of a Sam Browne stud which got some thread locker (CA) just to make sure it didn't come loose after assembly. Also I cut a thin patch to cover the back of the stud so it doesnt scratch up the blade as you slide it in and out of the sheath. And it will!!! Trust me!. The glue you see there is contact cement tho. Its for bonding leather to leather. Its regular contact cement like you find in any hardware store but i recently found a water base contact cement that dont piss of the wife while working indoors so I tested it and it seems to work so far. I figure the stitching would hold it all together once done anyway.


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Here is a border line to make some distinction where the axe is and the sheath:)!


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Here is where you burnish the edges to make the sides shiny. So far I found my best results was to burnish the edges just after I apply the dye to the edges. If you get the edge too wet then you just mushroom the edges and is not desirable.

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Here i wet the sheath and wrapped the axe with plastic wrap so it dont rust while the sheath dries out. hope this works?

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Now this rivet stuff requires a bunch of practice. I made plenty of tools and such to apply these things to make them look good and still work. I eventually found out a way to do it about the same time my tools arrived but at least I know what works now. I cant say the same thing for snap rivets yet. Working on that now tho.

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Here is where you are supposed to have an edge beveler tool to cut the square edge off the leather so it has a nice rounded edge that you can burnish and smooth the edge to make it look good! Pugs you can see my pricking iron at bottom of this pic. Yep a dinner fork. Thats so you can make some marks to know where to stitch evenly. Aint got that tool in yet either:) I drilled the stitching holes for this one with a regular drill bit. My pricking iron is due in the next few days so maybe that will help on next project?

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Here is end results. I used Pugs secret texturing technique but I wont tell nobody but it sure worked good since I had plenty of undesireable tooling marks on the surfaces. I sure learned a lot about leather fabrication to say the least. Knowing what I learned now Im going for gold! Making me a new knife sheath.

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Some burnished edges. Im happy with all the edges.

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I haven't conditioned or polished the final finish yet but aint gonna worry bout it yet. Still playing with chemicals...as usual:)
OK thats about it! Lets liven this place up some now! It sure has been slow lately. Im gonna try myself but we need to bring more traffic to this place. The Kamis need it! Sure seems slow around here? Maybe some food processing, wood processing, History, smithing? My internet is almost non-existant but im gonna try. Hope somebody learned something but if you really want to learn something watch for Pugs! He's the man that determines the migration of beaver and other critters across the Mason Dixon line! Enjoy!
 
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Have you been up to the sheaths and such sub forum? Lots of leather working knowledge up there.

Your sheath looks pretty professional by the way. Good Job.:thumbsup:

O.B.
 

Aardvark

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That is some damn fine work, especially for a first try. Only thing that looks a bit rough is the rivet picture, as you mentioned. Texturing is very nice, too.

Much nicer, and more intricate than my initial attempt. It was a sheath for a Condor golok. Turned out pretty well, but I was afraid to try the stitching, so I just did rivets.

With my second attempt, I discovered that there are 4 ways to install the 2 sides of a snap, 3 of which are wrong. Please don't ask.
 

Bawanna

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Looks mighty good to me. Makes one appreciate how much work goes into this kind of stuff.
 
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