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by johnl
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Shoe machines
Replies: 538
Views: 27869

Re: Shoe machines

Due to a change in status, I am having to downsize quickly. A lot of my tools and stuff must go Can anyone help me establish a fair price on the following: Singer post machine with almost new dc motor. Sews great. Tippman Aerostitch Great shape Landis 12 Dirty, need cleaning. I have never used it. S...
by johnl
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Inseaming Awls
Replies: 99
Views: 7142

Re: Inseaming Awls

Its interesting to me to see the ways people come up with to do things.
by johnl
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Inseaming Awls
Replies: 99
Views: 7142

Re: Inseaming Awls

Just came across this on youtube. Never heard anyone say anything about such a tool. Can anyone tell me more? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwH5GPzNVyQ
by johnl
Fri May 16, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21768

Re: Glues and Cements

You are correct DW, that is another reason I thought of the blast cabinet. If you will notice, it has a deep V bottom that collects the blast media, while the item being worked on rests on a metal grid above. By putting your exhaust hose in the V at the bottom, you have done what you are talking abo...
by johnl
Thu May 15, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21768

Re: Glues and Cements

For those that do not want to build their own glue station, but have shallow pockets, I have an idea. Take a look at the Harbor Freight website. Look up 40 lb. blast cabinet. These are media blast cabinets (sandblast). They are completely self contained with lights, a door that seals the unit, view ...
by johnl
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57298

Re: Tools of the Trade

This is for W1 tool steel. Hardening: Heat thoroughly at 1425° to 1500° F. Hold for 30 minutes per inch of section, and quench in water (brine). Tempering Data Tempering Temperature Typical Rockwell C Hardness As Hardened 66-68 300° F 64-65 400° F 62-64 500° F 58-59 600° F 54-56 700° F 50-51 800° F ...
by johnl
Sat May 25, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Just for giggles and grins, I searched ebay for Boar bristles etc. Came up with a lot of brushes, but also one place that had them in lots of 50 9-13 cm long and not expensive. Have also found them on line in fishing stores that sell fly tying stuff, but they were about 3 " long.
John L
by johnl
Fri May 03, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48176

Re: sewing machines

My little workshop is about as full of stuff as can be. I have a singer post machine mounted on a table (stand). I also have a singer 31-15 head. No room for another table. I would like to be able to switch the two machines on the one table, I can not get to the shop right now, but if I remember cor...
by johnl
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Just some thoughts...
Replies: 113
Views: 6266

Re: Just some thoughts...

I saw nothing in the upper right side until I logged in to ask why I saw nothing. :beers: Be sure to log in
JohnL
by johnl
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4301

Re: "...a great way forward?"

<t>DW, <br/> Every word you say here is true. I hope that one day my skill level will reach the point that I am able to employ all the traditional methods as they are ment to be deployed. Meanwhile, there are areas that I have to "cheat" in to produce an acceptable result. I do understand and agree ...
by johnl
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4301

Re: "...a great way forward?"

<t>One of my faults, as well as maybe one of my better points is looking at how things are done, and if I think there is a better way, then to try it. I just might be better for me and not you, but as long as the end result or product is as good or better then my doing it the traditional way, I fail...
by johnl
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22103

Re: Closing techniques

<t>Richard, <br/> Think of the tippman as an automated awl. The few times that I have used it in that fashion is to automate the punching of holes. The reason I did not sew with it was that it can not handle the size thread I wanted to use, and the seam can be pulled tighter by hand then with the ti...
by johnl
Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22103

Re: Closing techniques

<t>Two things to consider in my humble opinion. One is the skill factor mentioned above. Lord knows I need more of it. The other thing is the speed factor. Somewhere along the line, we generaly find things that allow us to go faster, and at the same time not compromise the quality. The Tippman allow...
by johnl
Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22103

Re: Closing techniques

<t>Chuck, <br/> I have done similar things with a Tippman boss hand powered sticher. Large needle or awl in place, but not threaded. I provides the holes already spaced for hand stitching. <br/> <br/> For the budget minded, I would think you could get a cheap ($29.95 or so) arbor press from Harbor F...
by johnl
Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Finishing techniques
Replies: 177
Views: 16073

Re: Finishing techniques

Gum Tragacanth is used in baking and decorating cakes. You can probably pick some up a a baking supply place.
John L
by johnl
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Inseaming Awls
Replies: 99
Views: 7142

Re: Inseaming Awls

Cody, As I said in my other post, I would try music wire- a high cabon spring steel. Available many places on the web. Here is one place. http://www.hyatts.com/art/1-8in-music-wire-36in-X75010 For info on annealing it, working it, and then reharding and tempering, try going the the practical machini...
by johnl
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Awl Haft
Replies: 14
Views: 5924

Re: Awl Haft

<t>Cody, I make my own awl handles as well as the ferrule. On mine, the awl handle has a 5/16" X 1" long wood stub coming out from the handle. The ferrule is turned from a piece of 1/2" brass round bar. It is bored all the way through with a 5/16" hole. The outside is tapered mainly to look good. Th...
by johnl
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Books, Manuals, Publications
Replies: 362
Views: 13963

Re: Books, Manuals, Publications

For anyone thinking about scanning in a book or books on shoemaking etc. Saw this today. A homemade book scanner that turns its own pages that they claim can do a 1000 page book in 90 minutes.

www.theverge.com/2012/11/13/3639016/google-books-scanner-vacuum-diy
John Lewis
by johnl
Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:28 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51407

Re: One "Last" Question

We almost wore this subject out about a year ago. Came to the conclusion that an old fashioned last duplicator or a very expensive CNC were about the only things that would do an acceptable job.
John L
by johnl
Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16190

Re: Fitting the Foot

I must not have read deep enough into it. I just saw the part that said the socks could be ordered in any quanity. Sorry.
by johnl
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16190

Re: Fitting the Foot

This place seems to advertise the STS socks indivually. http://www.arizonaafo.com/default/index.cfm/side-bar/order-form/sts-casting-sock -order-form/
John L
by johnl
Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16190

Re: Fitting the Foot

<t>Nori <br/> You really need someone else to cast your foot. I am not a very experienced person, but I did go down this route before in a quest for "custom lasts". Doing it yourself is very diffcult, and seldom are the result good. <br/> Years ago, I took some classes from Glenn Leasure who made ou...
by johnl
Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51407

Re: One "Last" Question

<t>Nori, I am about as far away as you can get from knowing much of anything about this, but I remember seeing a video of a guy making a pair of ortotic shoes. It has probably been 10 years or better, so my memory is not very good, and I might miss something etc. <br/> <br/> Using plaster bandages h...
by johnl
Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: The Immanence and Glamour
Replies: 87
Views: 4343

Re: The Immanence and Glamour

Redneck sandels. Are words really necessary?
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by johnl
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: The Immanence and Glamour
Replies: 87
Views: 4343

Re: The Immanence and Glamour

Now I have seen it all. Must be a redneck:

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(Message edited by johnl on April 27, 2012)