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Stitching pony (quick and clean)
the third arm…

I have done quite a few leather sheaths, and always been fighting with it, and looked at these ponies full of envy, so when I decided to make sheaths for all my axes I thought it was the time to make myself one of these.

Pictures:
1. Stitching pony.
2. Jaws open ready for use.
3. All open.
4. Bottom up.
5. This is how you use it.
6. Remember gloves if you don’t sew often, trust me I speak from bitter experience.

You can see more details in the blog:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/22457

The stitching pony is a ‘light’ version of the stitching horse, and the difference is as I understand, that the horse also is a stool, where the pony is a ‘sit on’ clamp.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, I can recommend making one if you are going to stitch in leather,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





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stefang

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#1 posted 1190 days ago

Hi Mads, that looks like a good idea. I made a few leather knife sheaths when I was in the Navy. We had a leather thingy for our hand. It had a heavy stiff spot that landed near the root of the thumb next to the palm. It worked real well for pushing the needle through.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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patron

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#2 posted 1190 days ago

another ‘home grown’ addition
to your bursting collection of quality tools

thanks for sharing
like going to the mall for a big sale event

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bricofleur

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#3 posted 1190 days ago

I think we will meat in heaven !!! Thanks for sharing this great jig.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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spunwood

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#4 posted 1190 days ago

very clever.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 1190 days ago

Very cool buddy! Hope all is well friend!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BigTiny

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#6 posted 1190 days ago

Nice pony, mafe. I do leather work and always wanted a stitching horse for the larger jobs like the briefcase I posted here.

Stefang, that thing is called a sail maker’s palm. They’re also used by harness makers and saddlers.

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

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 1190 days ago

I have had the notion to make one for a while as I have been getting interested in leather working.
The pine is still sitting on my bench, maybe this weekend.
I purchased a great saddle stitching pamphlet from Tandy Leather that has wonderful descriptions by Al Stohlman on how to saddle stitch….it is fascinating.
“http://www.tandyleatherfactory.ca/search/searchresults/11189-00.aspx”

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1190 days ago

Nice one Mads!! Mine isn’t a nice as yours ;-(

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Napoleon

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#9 posted 1190 days ago

It goes nice with your collection of leather-tools for a least 10000000000000DOLLARS :D

Nice one mads and the best part was i got a cup of your coffe when you showed it to me :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Brit

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#10 posted 1190 days ago

Great idea Mads.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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RomDodd

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#11 posted 1190 days ago

Talk about finding something at the right time! I just finished taking apart a leather coat to make tool rolls out of. I’m now going to have to build one of these before the first stitch even goes in. Thanks for the post.

-- Romney

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RomDodd

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#12 posted 1190 days ago

Talk about finding something at the right time! I just finished taking apart a leather coat to make tool rolls out of. I’m now going to have to build one of these before the first stitch even goes in. Thanks for the post.

-- Romney

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Bluepine38

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#13 posted 1189 days ago

I believe Stefang is talking about a sewing palm (google to find pictures) and it does speed up leather
sewing quite a bit, and works better than a glove for pushing the needle and/or awl through the leather.
Like all your tools, this stiching pony is excellent and something I will put on my list. What will you use to
treat the leather and/or ax to prevent rust and keep them shiny. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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mafe

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#14 posted 1189 days ago

Hi hi LJ,
Autum, ;-)
Gus, my problem is not the getting the needle through the leather since I pre drill holes, but when I have to pull it out it can be a pain, so I use a long nose pliers. Also when I tighten the thread I pull from both sides and the thin thread against the skin can give you bisters fast.
For the leather I use a good leather wax, and for the tools I use a bees wax. And if there are some light rust a spray of WD40.
Romney, it will be a good investment of time.
Andy, ;-)
Napoleon, you have one thing to learn, I do not drink coffee, I drink espresso, it’s why its so dam good.
Topa, show us that horse.
Scott, I will look into this thank you.
Big tiny, make one it’s a fast job done.
Ken, yes life is ok, a little up hilll but that is needed to the tour down after. Hope you are fine too.
spunwood, usefull is the clever word…
Serge, yes I also have a feeling we might meet in the invention and tools department there.
David, some grow flowers, I seem to grow tools yes, wish I could do the same with the money…
Mike, yes I think I have to try one of these at one time.
All of you thanks for the nice comments, I was in doubt if it was wrong to post this here, but I can see it came in usefull so I am thrilled.
The very best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1189 days ago

It is just a pony, too. The horse is still in the dream stage. I would cal it planning, but I have been thinking about it off and on for a few years, after a year or so it becomes a dream ;-)) I did cut some alder last year that will yield a plank wide enough to be a one piece horse blank. I’ll dig it out tonight and post it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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