Tools to Make

Got any great sources for leather? Tools? Machinery? Looking for sources?
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Re: Tools to Make

#126 Post by romango » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:46 am

Renee,

Sorry, I can't find that link. I will say that, after chasing down various tools for brogueing, I ended up just doing it one hole punch at a time. I use simple paper templates to help align holes.

It really doesn't take that long.

For gimping I use a Singer 31-15 with an angle blade from Dick Anderson.

My advise - don't make this more difficult than it needs to be.

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Re: Tools to Make

#127 Post by dearbone » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:22 am

All,

For high quality leather punches,including Anton Wiesser set of broguing punches or replacments parts you may contact Heinrich Sapski,i think they are in Germany.
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Re: Tools to Make

#128 Post by lancepryor » Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:40 am

Renee:

Goetz/Gotz is a German shoe equipment and supplies company.

You can download their catalog here: http://www.goetz-service.com/web/home.php?lang=us&nr=2&cartid

The punch holder I reference is SKU 797 010 00 and is shown in the (few year old) catalog I have on page 133. The various punches available are displayed on the same page - the punch holder comes with one punch, the #8.

On the same page are 'ornament perforating needles' and the handle for same. These are single-punch needles and are available in numerous shapes, as displayed in the catalog.

Ordering these in the US is a bit of a challenge -- a few years ago DW ended up putting together a group buy from Goetz, during which a number of us ordered the punches and the holder. I believe Macpherson Leather is a dealer and could order them, also perhaps O. Baltor in SF. You could also order from these guys in the UK (int'l shipping for such a small item shouldn't be bad):

Leather & Grindery Supplies Ltd
147 High Street
New Malden
Surrey KT3 4BH
Telephone: 0208 9421979
Fax: 0208 9495887

Tom Pengilly

leatherandgrindery@btconnect.com

Or, I guess you could see if you can order directly from Germany.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Tools to Make

#129 Post by renee_macdonald » Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:59 pm

Thanks, all, for the tips and info. I've downloaded a copy of the Goetz catalogue and will pour over it tonight. Looks like there will be tons of useful things in there.
Still stuck on the gimping... I don't have a Singer 31-15 but maybe I'll contact Dick Anderson to see what other options we might come up with.
I'll let you know if I come up with anything good.
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Re: Tools to Make

#130 Post by dan_hickman » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:07 am

I will have a few sets of crimping screws available after the first of Oct. They are made out of 6061 T-6 aluminum. You can email me
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Re: Tools to Make

#131 Post by tjburr » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:21 pm

Well, work on improving my soles continue.

I was unable to find any edge irons; ebay has not been friendly to me the last few months. So I resorted to attempting to making an edge iron.

I thought I would post pictures of my exploits and see if anyone had advice for improvements.

In the tradition of Leno, I decided to cut my own "kit"Image I was not feeling so traditional that I did not grab the dremel tool from the very start though.

I first started with a "key bar" from the Ace hardware store.
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I then went to work with the dremel tool. Unfortunately these pictures were taken after the fact, so you can not see the stages. The first two show how I performed the initial shaping with a grinding stone attachment. I performed everything but the groove for the wire using this.
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I then cut the wire groove with a cut off wheel.
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To this stage I was surprised to find I had spent less than 1/2 hour. The result was a rough cut, but from that stage I had to do a little finer work with jewelers files. The following shows the rough cut results.
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I then added a handle and fired up the burner for a test. The handle turned out to be big and I will have to work on it.
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I then tried it on a piece of leather (2 glued together) to test. I wished I had worked to clean up the edges better before testing to get a better test of the results. I will need to try more to see if I like this. The jigger is very visible, but I did not seem to get a very good wire. I do not know if it is the hand made iron, or something else I did wrong.
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If anyone has any suggestions on how to make this better, please let me know. I was really working in the dark on this and was almost totally working from pictures in Salaman's Dictionary of Leather Working Tools.

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Re: Tools to Make

#132 Post by tjburr » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:23 pm

By-the-way...I wish I new better what the final result should really look like since I am not sure I know what a good jigger and wire should look like.

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#133 Post by romango » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:32 am

Terry, definitely prepare the edge as best as possible before using the edge irons. Don't try to use them to force a shape (too much).

Also, the trimmer blades on my finisher have a grove to create the wire. So, when using a trimmer, there is already a wire before using the edge irons and the iron just reinforces it.

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Re: Tools to Make

#134 Post by dw » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:00 pm

Terry,

I think you need to cut the wire just below the jigger, deeper.

Beyond that, you know that you need to pre-iron the edge of the outsole?You do this while the outsole is wet./ Do it once with a little R.M. Williams as a lubricant and then do it again after warming the iron and again, use a little RMW. This will impress and set the wires and the jigger. I think it was in Salaman...he quotes an old saw about "wetting and sweating" the edge.

Then after you've dyed and inked the edge iron again with a hotter iron to set the wax.

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#135 Post by lancepryor » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:44 pm

Terry:

Also, since your iron appears somewhat convex, make sure the edge of the leather is concave. Use a half-round rasp, then a curved piece of glass, then sandpaper wrapped around some tightly rolled paper to give the edge the concave shape.

I like that iron, by the way.

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#136 Post by tjburr » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:51 pm

Rick/DW/Lance

I will revise my techniques; your comments have helped considerably. It sounds like I may be close with the iron, but I now understand that I was considerably miss-understanding the amount of the pre-shaping that was required. Also the lubricant suggestion will help with some of the smoothness difficulties I was having with moving the iron.

I wish I had a trimmer. I have a Landis 100 without a trimmer.

I do think I was trying to force the shape more than I should. Thanks Lance for giving such a good description of how to do it by hand. I will go in search of a good half-round rasp (my current rasp has only a fairly shallow curve).

As an aside....
It was actually quite satisfying to make the iron. The "key bars" are made of a nice steel, relatively inexpensive (<$8) and come in various widths (the one I used was 1/2 in). It was also interesting to understand the shapes involved. Though it also helped that it was a fairly quick process. I already know I want to make two other sizes, so hopefully I will get better at making these.

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Re: Tools to Make

#137 Post by dw » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:35 pm

I might add that when you cut a "wire" in the iron,it needs to be pretty smooth down deep inside of it. If it is not it will tend to break up the wire from sheer friction.

Mitchell makes abrasive cords that you can use to polish the bottom and sides of the wire.

Or you can try beeswaxing a piece of machine stitch thread--like 7 cord Barbours--and then rubbing that over some steel cutting rouge to make your own. That's what I have always done but, to tell the truth, it doesn't last very long.

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#138 Post by dw » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:06 am

Terry,

If you don't have a trimmer, an edge plane can help. They are difficult to sharpen and need to be used on wet or tempered leather...just for the finishing touch before ironing (think thin shavings)...but they will cut the jigger and the concave surface and even cut the wires if I recall correctly.

There's one on Ebay right now...the sizing system is always a little suspect but a size 13 might be/looks to be just about right for a standard 10 iron outsole and welt. Item # 390395300684.

I'd pick this up myself if i weren't going out of town.

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Re: Tools to Make

#139 Post by tjburr » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:35 am

DW,

Thanks much for the link. I have seen those go up on ebay but I have never known their purpose.

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Re: Tools to Make

#140 Post by lancepryor » Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:50 am

Terry:

I should think any convex rasp would be okay, as your iron only has a slight curve to it. You should be able to break a piece of glass with a curve for scraping it.

Also, for lubricant you can apply a little dry soap (from a bar of soap) to the edge if you don't have any of the RM Williams.

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#141 Post by RodMomtazi » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:18 pm

Does anyone know where I can purchase some device (maybe something similar to a shoe horn) for slipping the last back onto the shoe once already removed?

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#142 Post by dw » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:47 pm

I "inherited' a few tools from a maker who was quitting some years ago...many of them Barnsley tools. One was purportedly exactly what you're asking about...it looked exactly like a regular shoe horn except it was a little heavier / thicker. I don't even use it as a regular shoe horn.

In the past I've just cut a strip from a plastic milk jug. Works a treat.

On the other hand, the right kind of last and you don't need anything to get the last back in the shoe. :)
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#143 Post by RodMomtazi » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:05 pm

plastic milk jug sounds right..!!

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