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.
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.
Here link for antique Danish version: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/56258
Hope it can be to some inspiration, I can recommend making one if you are going to stitch in leather,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.