Walnut Belt Buckle

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Project by dustynewt posted 05-23-2010 07:34 AM 2215 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 ~

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#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

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#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 ~

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#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

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

Great idea and nicely done!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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

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

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#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?

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#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!

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#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 down in sunny Florida.

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

Super idea I hope you have great success with them

-- Custom furniture

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#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

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#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!!

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#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 ~

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

Very unique and cool. I would buy one.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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

very cool, I love how it looks!

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#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!

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