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Leather crafted woodworking tool accessories #1: Holster for a Lie-Nielsen 60 1/2 low angle block plane

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Blog entry by ChrisinOttawa posted 02-27-2018 12:01 AM 305 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s winter here in Canada and my garage shop is not a hospitable place to spend hours. So I’ve been in the ‘no saw dust’ basement shop where I’ve started crafting things with leather.
Here is a leather holster for a Lie-Nielsen 60 1/2 (I assume a Stanley 60 1/2 will fit too). The top is wet formed in a vacuum bag on a wood form out of 5 ounce veg. tanned leather. The backing leather is sturdy 9 ounce water buffalo leather. A belt loop is attached to the back. The 3 leather parts are glued together and then saddle stitched by hand. To do this you mark out the stitching line, cut a groove for the thread to sit in. Stitching holes are created with special punches. Then you use a use 2 needles, polyester thread and a diamond awl with the holster held in a “stitching pony”. All of the raw edges are burnished, buffed and painted black.
I’m interested to find out if there is a market for this holster. If there is I may refine the holster further and put it on etsy. I don’t have a firm price yet but I’d guess around $50(US). I’m in Canada where postage would be around $10 to the US.

-- Chirs in Ottawa



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