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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 04-08-2011 04:46 AM 6759 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stitching pony is for holding leather item while you sew them together. I have never seen one like this. I made it to hold items that might be a bit bulkier than what are normally stitched using a pony.

It is made of pine, a 1/4-bolt and wing nut to operate it. The spring is to open and hold it out of the way, but probably not really necessary. Note the electrician’s joint that holds it together; ie, sq drive #10 sheet metal screws ;-)) I used a board that had been a practice piece for carvings I put on some rifle stocks.

There you go Mads, my Water World version ;-))

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





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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 05:09 AM

Hi Bob,

I’ve still got my stiching pony that I bought about 30+ years ago from Tandy Leather Co. Don’t we all get our leather goods from them? I used mine mainly when I was stitching belts,wallets, and making filigree belts and instrument straps for musicians…..talk about a “third hand or even a fourth”... Handy as a pocket on a shirt….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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kiefer

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 05:25 AM

this looks almost like the same setup i used for holding saws when sharpening
that was 50 years ago but would still work today

thanks for the project post

kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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peteg

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 09:29 AM

Hey Toppa, I think you were trying to show of your carving skills on the side : )))
Dont even know what a “pony” is, but it sure looks purpose built to take care of the business.
Thanks Bob now I learnt something elese on LJ’s today :))))
( and hey I am also an old sparkie so ease up on us old live wires )

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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bluekingfisher

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 09:39 AM

Good work Bob, like too the utlisation of sheet metal screws, nothing wasted or thrown away

What’s the carving on the front panel?, is that your skills or something that came with the board;-))

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 10:20 AM

peteg A pony is a light weight version of a stitching horse. It has a seat and legs on it like a shaving horse does for woodworking. It is foot operated too just like a shaving horse, but it pulls the jaws together to hold the leather for sewing instead of holdiing the wood for carving.

How do you like my “electrician’s joint” ;-)) Mads did a wedged mortise and tenon on his, so I figured I had better tell what kind of joint I used too. Everyone always complains about electricians using sq drive screws on the jobs, so it must be an “electrician’s joint”, eh? ;-))

David That board was a practice piece for this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32418 . I’m not good enough to just start on walnut ;-)

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

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stefang

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 10:32 AM

Looks like a useful tool Bob. The carving looked good too. I also liked the oak chair the pony is sitting on.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#7 posted 04-08-2011 10:51 AM

Hi Topa,
Looking good, and yes it’s funny to see how we could think the same way on such a big distance.
The carving just adds some life, so this gives it something more.
I will add a spring in mine, this is a good idea, so the jaws will open by them selfs.
Are those curtains really made of wood? Laugh.
I can recomend to cut the jaw sides so they end more pointed, then you have clearance for your hands while stitching. (Look at mine: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/22457).
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-08-2011 11:04 AM

I probably would have trimmed them if I used it very much. Never got around to doing all the things I built it for. Then I got the bright idea a getting an industrial sewing machine off eBay and using it by hand as a stitcher ;-)) All the other ones I have ever seen are like yours made in the shape of a T. The carvings were just practice and I reused the board ;-)

Thanks Mike, My wife did a beautiful job on that chair, eh?

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

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peteg

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#9 posted 04-08-2011 11:20 PM

Hey Toppa, Sparkies only ever had about 3 tools.
S/driver ie. chisel, podger, wedge, lifting bar wallboard drill, reamer +++++
Hammer i.e mallet, initial hole smasher plaster wall, screwdriver for quick result, ++++
plyers ie, , wire cutter, bolt cutter, extra hammer, spanner ++++
you’l be able to add plenty I bet :))))))
Thanks for the stroy of your Pony

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 04-08-2011 11:56 PM

Yeah, You see a lot of young guys carrying everything they own in a pouch like I used to do. Too hard on the knees!! A pair of dikes, a screw driver and pair of channel-locks will do most anything that really matters ;-))

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

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Hacksaw

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#11 posted 04-11-2011 04:44 PM

“Electricians Joint” I love it!

-- Nothing's impossible...it just gets expensive

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