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Made a leather wallet
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:06:41 PM »
Guess I forgot to post this a while back. I made my dad and father in law some wallets for Father's Day. It was a kit from Tandy so it went together fairly easily but it was also my very first time tooling leather. They both loved them and immediately empty their old wallets into their new ones.

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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 09:10:39 PM »
Very cool! My wallet is a Tandy kit as well. :thumbsup:

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 09:15:06 PM »
Very nice work on the tooling-that turned out great!!

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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 04:01:18 AM »
Those look great Nick I bet they both really enjoyed them.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 05:30:07 AM »
Very nice.  What do you use to work on when tooling the leather?  I've got stone and oak.  I like the oak because I can set it on my lap and work in the livingroom.  But the marble really works better.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012, 06:25:16 AM »
What do you use to work on when tooling the leather?

Thanks guys!
My mother found a sample piece of Granite while they were shopping for a new counter top. It was a nice big piece. About 15" square.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2012, 11:45:07 AM »
Great job I like the pattern.

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Made a leather wallet
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2012, 12:09:25 PM »
That is fantastic!
I've thought about doing that myself.
The wallet I currently have and use was given to me by my parents when I was 13.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012, 12:21:17 PM »
Holy crap Bearhunter. Get thee to Tandy! Pronto!
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2012, 01:03:35 PM »
Holy crap Bearhunter. Get thee to Tandy! Pronto!
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012, 02:48:24 PM »
Cool, looks good. Think about trying one without the kit. I used to just buy the linings and still would if I could find them in kangaroo. I also use the kangaroo lace and the double back stitch from time to time.

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012, 02:54:58 PM »
I had some kangaroo upland boots.  Maaaan, very comfy.  Haven't even thought about it for wallets.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2012, 03:31:46 PM »
It's highly rated for it's strength.

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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2012, 06:18:29 PM »
Cool, looks good. Think about trying one without the kit.
I was thinking about this. I don't recall seeing leather hides this thin. Any suggestions on what I should be looking for?
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2012, 06:40:08 PM »
The outside leather can be in the 4-6 oz range, the lining will be sold as such, usually calf, pig and kangaroo. You might have to pre stretch the lining leather if you use other types. This info should be available on-line, if you can't get in touch with me.

 There are a couple of things to keep in mind, the lining needs to be slightly smaller than the outside. This keeps the lining from wrinkleing when folded in half or thirds if your building a tri-fold. Same with the internal card holders and pockets. Some dyes will bleed and stain your clothing so they need to be rubbed after dry and sealed.

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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2012, 06:46:18 PM »
The outside leather can be in the 4-6 oz range, the lining will be sold as such, usually calf, pig and kangaroo. You might have to pre stretch the lining leather if you use other types. This info should be available on-line, if you can't get in touch with me.

 There are a couple of things to keep in mind, the lining needs to be slightly smaller than the outside. This keeps the lining from wrinkleing when folded in half or thirds if your building a tri-fold. Same with the internal card holders and pockets. Some dyes will bleed and stain your clothing so they need to be rubbed after dry and sealed.

Cool, thanks. I'll have to give this a try. You think that oily leather I used on those journals would do well?
I thought about the dye when I was doing these and I made sure to rub them with a cloth and seal them afterwords. They still ended up kinda "sticky" but nobody's complained about them staining their pants...yet  :D
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2012, 06:50:50 PM »
Our Tandy had a sale on pig leather thin weight for .50 cent a square foot or something like that.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2012, 06:54:09 PM »
Very nice work. Looks very crisp and even.
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Re: Made a leather wallet
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2012, 06:58:04 PM »
Yeah, chrome tanned leather is tougher than the veg tanned, the saddle bags on my old FXST are 28 years old and still in great shape. Plus the chrome tanned is vat dyed and not prone to bleeding.