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Project by LBH posted 09-12-2015 04:11 PM 1621 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The panels are made from sanded 1oz raw hide.

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#1 posted 09-12-2015 11:22 PM

Very tasty! I especially like the foot details.

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 04:50 AM

Very nice!
Very nice indeed!!

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#3 posted 09-13-2015 01:27 PM

Really nice, never would have thought of raw hide, innovative.

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#4 posted 09-13-2015 04:12 PM



Really nice, never would have thought of raw hide, innovative.

- bondogaposis

The raw hide is an interesting material. I tried it after a Google journey for parchment and mica and native american lamp shades. I thought raw hide was steer hide, probably because I watched Rawhide as a kid. Any skin can be raw hide. 90% of the world probably knew this already.

When it arrived it’s the ugliest material you’ve ever seen. Like the plastic flaps in a warehouse refrigerator so a forklift can drive through, except dried rock hard and curled like a potato chip. The color of phlegm.

It needs to be soaked overnight. Then it’s like lasagna. OK, then what? Here’s the frustrating part. I warped a towel on a piece and clamped it with a caul for a day. However the piece still has moisture and will potato chip again. I removed the caul and clamped it up again. The problem is air isn’t getting to the hide. This was better, however it was still ugly.

I tried dying it. It takes the dye nicely but looks like cheap plastic and I wanted an earthy parchment look. Then I tried sanding. Perfecto.

One thing, apparently there was still some moisture in it. I cut it too soon and it shrank. It must be bone, dead, Nevada dry before you trim it. It’s still going to warp after sanding but not as much. The mottled lines are where the ripples in the surface were.

I pushed the material through the open sides and into a 5mm rabbet in the stiles and rails. It’s very stiff but it will bend without cracking. Be careful not to chew up the edges on the stiles and rails. Use blue tape.

Then I ripped narrow sticks to press into the rabbet behind the raw hide. The hide becomes taunt. I put three dabs of 2P-10 glue on the sticks so they don’t fall out when the environment changes. It’s very tough, the only way it going to crack is if comes in contact with CRKT M16. If it gets a mark, sand it off.

It’s a bit of a PIA but I’m happy with the results. The stuff is pricey ($18/panel) because it takes up a big chunk of a hide. In my case I think the vendor could only get two pieces per hide. If I make another I’ll look harder to see if I can find a bargain.

All-the-best,

Luke

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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