Axes, Adzes and Drawknife’s part II
making a leather sheath for an axe or adze.
This is second part of a little series where I will go through the types of, making sheaths, and handles for axes, adzes and drawknife’s, it will not be a general teaching, just me telling of how I do what I learned, and the types I have.
Making a leather sheath II sewing:
For the sewing you will need needles and waxed thread or at least thread and a block of wax.
So now it’s time to ride the pony!
A pony is a clamp to hold the leather so you have both hands free. You sit on the pony to add stability, if you don’t have a pony, you can just sew without or look in my blog and make one before you continue, I highly recommend this if you plan on making more than a few works in leather.
The pony: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/22457
Here is the method I use for stitching.
You make cross stitches, in this way they lock each other so if one brake it will still hold, when you reach the end sew two stitches back and cut the thread of.
It’s that easy!
I use a pillar to pull out the thread since it can be quite hard, and gloves for my hands.
Here a done sewing.
Use a punch to make a hole for the strap, or drill this also, a punched hole is by far the strongest.
Here a gun button (button Stud), and a book screw (Chicago Screw), these I will use for the strap mount, but a less advanced version will follow.
Make a strap.
Make a hole in the end of the strap
Mount the book screw through them both.
And the gun button at the other side of the sheath.
Here we go, and no pipe… I’m getting healthy now.
Make a hole in the strap where it just fits over the gun button, and make a 10 mm cut backwards so the strap can slide over the button.
I also added a ring through two holes in the top.
And this is where we end.
And the other side.
And a belt hanger that can be opened.
VERSION II this one uses no hardware.
As you see on the photo make four holes in a square a little wider than the strap you want.
Cut between the holes in pairs as seen.
Make a strap.
Thin the leather at the ends.
Here I use a super skiver.
Put the strap through the slots.
Glue or sew the one end in place so it cannot get out.
The other end will be loose.
And this is how it will look.
This is the end of the leather sheath making.
I hope this blog will be an answer to those who asked, and an inspiration to care for your tools, but most of all that some of you will make some sheaths.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.