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Stitching pony (quick and clean)
the third arm…

I have done quite a few leather sheaths, and always been fighting with it, and looked at these ponies full of envy, so when I decided to make sheaths for all my axes I thought it was the time to make myself one of these.


This is how it works, you place the pony between the legs (don’t laugh), and the fasten the leather you want to sew in the jaw and lock it there – in this way you have a third hand, and trust me it makes sewing leather so much easier (should have made one a long time ago).
(And please enjoy the wonderful body shot).


Here it is the MaFe Stitching pony.
You sit on the base and make it stabile like this.


The jaw open.


And fully open.


Bottom up.


Here I’m stitching, I use gloves since the thread cuts my fingers otherwise (it takes practice).


I added a dowel for sideways stability.


Just a simple hinge.


Ok I was a little lazy on the details… I had a through tenon and added two wedges for a tight fit.


A wing nut for fast and easy use.


And I added leather pieces for the jaws, the rough side out for a soft and good grip.

The stitching pony is a ‘light’ version of the stitching horse, and the difference is as I understand, that the horse also is a stool, where the pony is a ‘sit on’ clamp.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, I can recommend making one if you are going to stitch in leather,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 1231 days ago

And you can use it as a saw sharpening vise!

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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Sodabowski

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#2 posted 1231 days ago

Okay this rocks! Really the right thing to do before any leather work!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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tdv

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#3 posted 1231 days ago

Mads you really explore the wierd & wonderful & come up with some real gems. Thankyou
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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patron

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#4 posted 1231 days ago

another mads innovation
always searching for ways to lighten and enhance our burden

you must have been one of the first
to leave the caves
and come back with fire

thanks mads

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bricofleur

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#5 posted 1231 days ago

This is great!!!!! I’m impressed. Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Tinnocker

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#6 posted 1231 days ago

Very nice Mads, leather is something I would like to explore someday. I already have a few ideas.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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lanwater

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#7 posted 1231 days ago

Always full of ideas Mads…

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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daltxguy

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#8 posted 1231 days ago

Everyone likes ponies.
Nice traditional tool. I think I saw the horse version when I was in Hungary last.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1231 days ago

From time to time I think about how to build a dual purpose horse; Shaving and Stitching ;-) Haven’t quite figured it out yet, but then I haven’t put a lot of effort into it either. I have been thinking along the lines of interchangeable heads, not one on each end. That would be too long and cumbersome;-(

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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swirt

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#10 posted 1231 days ago

Being that I just restored a Barton Hewing Hatchet, I am eager to see how these hatchet sheaths you are making turn out. ...and of course I want to see how you make them. Carry on. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1230 days ago

Martin could do a leather craft forum. There isn’t much on the web that I have found. Wood and leather go together well in lots of instances. I’ll mention it on feedback forum.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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littlecope

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#12 posted 1230 days ago

Mads, that’s a Great Idea!! I love the portability and versatility of this…
At home, I just use my bench vise. When I made my first cell phone holster, I began by making a quick wooden form to shape the holster around…
Then clamped it in the vise, stitched one side, flipped it, and stitched the other…
I’ve always used leather to stitch leather… I admire you using thread!! I can well imagine the pain of doing that by hand!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 1230 days ago

Mike, Looks like yoiu form worked out well. I got the bright idea to make western style holsters a few years ago when work was a little slow. I started to make a few wooden models of six shooters to use as forms. But, the phone rang, and that was the end of that ;-)) At the time, Tandy had a hand operated stitcher that did one stitch at a time, but it was $1200. It would have been better than sewing on my stitching pony, but too long in Yankee Green!! I looked on eBay for industrial sewing machines. I bought one for $100 without a motor or controls. I tried it just using it as a hand stitcher turning the wheel by hand. Worked great ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 1230 days ago

Mads, I just noticed that chair!! ;-(( I can’t believe you would post a plastic chair on LJ. Not a WW of your caliber! I might, but I’m not of your caliber ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 1230 days ago

Thanks Bob!! Luckily, it fit all my subsequent phones too, and I haven’t yet had to make a new one… I tried my hand at a pistol holster once, but I wasn’t very happy with it… Even if I could find it, I’d be too embarrassed to post a picture!! LOL
I noticed Mads’ chair as well…What’s up with that?! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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