|Project by Glen Peterson||posted 04-16-2011 06:43 PM||3674 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Fellow LJ’s Mafe and Topamax recently posted stitching ponies. This is a somewhat different version that I made over a year ago. The big difference is that thier designs are built on a base that the user sits on and the jaws of the ponies are tightened by means of a bolt and wingnut. This version, which appeared in “ShopNotes” magazine (about 2-3 years ago, but I can’t find the exact issue) is held in a vice. I built the pony in order to make leather bags for block planes and carriers for card scrapers that I sewed with waxed twine and a leather stitcher. The bags are posted on my projects page. I like this version of the pony because it holds the workpiece very high level which was very convenient. for Since the stitches were rather fine the top of the pony is indexed about every 1/4”. For the card scraper case I was stitching 4 pieces of suede together. It would have been nearly impossible without the pony to hold the work steady. I put the finished card case in the pony on a couple of the photos to illustrate.
It was very easy to build. The two sides are made of poplar and hinged at the bottom. There are 2 pieces of cherry (about 1×3/4”) across the top of the sides which are angled to hold the work and give plenty of room for fingers. The only other piece is a cross member to prevent the pony from slipping when tightening the vice.