Walnut Belt Buckle

  • Advertise with us
Project by dustynewt posted 05-23-2010 07:34 AM 2258 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First buckle (001/10). Working out the idea in a beautiful piece of Walnut. It is sanded to 600 grit, finished with three coats of wipe on poly, waxed and buffed.

I am hoping to start making these in all types of figured hardwoods. I have saved some nice little chunks for something special. Perhaps these will be popular. Your feedback is appreciated.

-- Peace in Wood ~

15 comments so far

View Vince's profile


1083 posts in 2696 days

#1 posted 05-23-2010 07:44 AM

I think it’s a great idea; you could make some with carvings and inlays and various shapes, very nice…where did you get the clip?

-- Vince

View dustynewt's profile


663 posts in 3129 days

#2 posted 05-23-2010 08:33 AM

Thanks Vince, they fun to make. There are lots of ideas bouncing around for these.

I got the backs (after much searching) at S & D Trading Company in Lubbock. The fit and finish aren’t great, and I am looking for better, but they are cheap and sturdy. Here is the link.

If you find some better, please contact me.

-- Peace in Wood ~

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 2504 days

#3 posted 05-23-2010 01:02 PM

Thanks for the idea! Your belt buckle looks great. I’ve got lots of cut-offs of beautiful wood from making gunstocks and you can only make so many rolling pins…

-- Hal, Tennessee

View 4thumbs's profile


153 posts in 2413 days

#4 posted 05-23-2010 01:16 PM

Great idea and nicely done!

-- 4thumbs in MO

View TungOilTim's profile


83 posts in 2483 days

#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:08 PM

Really sweet idea. Next a Greene & Greene style???

-- Tim, Plant City FL

View Lupo's profile


206 posts in 2289 days

#6 posted 05-23-2010 03:56 PM

I have been planning to do a project like this also! Great job. Where do you get the hardware?

View Dusty56's profile


11797 posts in 2955 days

#7 posted 05-23-2010 04:12 PM

Thanks for the link to your hardware source posted above.
I see that you had to drill your own holes to attach the Walnut. Great job on your prototype : )
Best wishes on future sales of your projects.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View Woodwrecker's profile


3814 posts in 2842 days

#8 posted 05-23-2010 04:49 PM

You better make a lot of them because I have a feeling that they are going to sell REALLY fast !
That Walnut one pictured is really sharp!

-- Eric, central Florida

View a1Jim's profile


114789 posts in 2844 days

#9 posted 05-23-2010 06:23 PM

Super idea I hope you have great success with them

-- Custom furniture

View sras's profile


4336 posts in 2396 days

#10 posted 05-23-2010 08:07 PM

Ideas like these have me saving smaller and smaller cutoffs! This one turned out very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Jim Jakosh's profile (online now)

Jim Jakosh

15508 posts in 2372 days

#11 posted 05-23-2010 08:58 PM

Neat idea. I never thought about that . Every woodworker should have one from his/her favorite wood! Wear it like a badge of honor!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View dustynewt's profile


663 posts in 3129 days

#12 posted 05-23-2010 09:44 PM

Thanks everyone for your positive responses. This is a prototype and I still have a few issues that are working themselves out through feedback on and off LJ’s.

The hardware is inset into a mortise the shape of the steel. I then used thick CA glue (gap filling) and No.4, 3/8” wood screws to secure it all.

One old-timer just emailed me and said that the back needs to be curved, contoured to fit the body better. This is not hard to believe, looking at my own pot-belly.

-- Peace in Wood ~

View TurnTurnTurn's profile


604 posts in 2376 days

#13 posted 05-23-2010 11:07 PM

Very unique and cool. I would buy one.

-- TurnTurnTurn

View MrsN's profile


974 posts in 2793 days

#14 posted 05-24-2010 12:47 AM

very cool, I love how it looks!

-- ----- ----- --

View BigTiny's profile


1667 posts in 2155 days

#15 posted 07-09-2010 11:06 AM

Tandy Leather Factory carries the backs for these as well.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics