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Stitching Pony, Vice Held

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 1193 days ago 3158 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

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.

Cheers,

-- Glen





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1193 days ago

Nice work on that one. Looks like you put a little more time on it than I did ;-))

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

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mafe

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#2 posted 1193 days ago

Really nice, and wonderful simple.
I don’t have a normal workbench, so I can’t use this, otherwise I would use it for making a saw sharpening wise.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 1193 days ago

Here’s a hint for stitching suede. Put a piece of corrugated cardboard behind it when making your stitching holes. It supports the suede so it stays upright while stabbing the awl through. Just remember to remove it before sewing or it will become a permanent part.

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

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 1193 days ago

Cool! Now Mads will have a stitching pony club! As for me, lazy girl I think I like the sitting version. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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BigTiny

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#5 posted 1193 days ago

The vice mounted one could be used seated on a stool.

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

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1193 days ago

A very high stool at my house. LOL The old workbench is so high I have to stand on tip toes- bucket- bench etc to reach the top of anything that is in the vice.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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