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Super simple leather slicker for making a tool belt

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Project by Scott posted 04-21-2017 07:53 PM 376 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a tool belt out of scrap leather from the scrap exchange, but the edges are rough. A slicker is a device to smooth the rough edge of leather, so I used my treadle lathe to quickly make a cylinder with two grooves, a narrow groove for a single layer of leather and a wider groove for double thicknesses.

To burnish the leather edge, simply brush the leather edge with water or some gum solution (gum arabic, gum tragacanth), then you can spin the slicker to burnish the edge. I found that gum arabic worked better than water, at least with the low rpm’s of a treadle lathe. The third picture shows the before situation, and the fourth picture shows the situation after burnishing.

-- Scott in North Carolina





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lightweightladylefty

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 05:59 PM

Scott,

Did you make the tool belt, too? I love learning new things even if I will never get around to using that information. Who knows; that info might come in handy some day. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 07:06 PM

Yes, I made the tool belt, and it was very easy to do. I used scrap leather and cut it to size. Then the only special items you need are leather needles (buy several because they can break), waxed thread for leather sewing, leather awl – and all of these you can get at the craft shop. There are many other tools that you can use to layout and punch the holes, but I just measured carefully and pricked the leather where the holes will go (mine are 1/8 from the edge and 1/4 apart). Then you measure the length to sew, multiply by 5 and cut thread to that length, then put a needle on each end. Punch a hole, put the thread through centered between the needles, punch a hole, thread both needles through that hole from opposite directions, punch a hole, repeat until you get to the end, then back stitch 2 or 3 times, cut the threads, then lightly hammer the seam. This is called a saddle stitch. You might need to use pliers to pull the needle through the hole.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#3 posted 04-22-2017 11:55 PM

Scott,

Thanks for all the details. I have done a little with leather, but skived (with an X-acto knife) and machined. What I have done by hand, I used a pliers; I’m a weakling. Certainly a punch would make a big difference.

Your tool holder looks really professional! I didn’t even know what a leather slicker was or how to use it before reading your post.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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