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distressed wood+metal belt buckles

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Project by glen posted 180 days ago 561 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s time for the annual tattoo convention. Anyone who’s looked at my light box project knows that my sweetie is a tattoo artist. Every year we make a few things to sell at the convention. This year, my contribution is belt buckles. Pretty simply made, it’s a metal blank with some veneer on it. I played a bit with different veneers and maple allowed for the best transfer. I used a laser printer and lacquer thinner to transfer the images, then some shellac and arm-r-seal for the clear coat.

I used the Lee Valley vacuum press bag to get the veer on the slightly curved buckle. It worked well, but the bag is sealed with this butyl tape that you have to put a waxed paper strip on when you’re done to re-use it, and I ended up tearing the bag opening it when it finally gave way and opened after my clamping session. It’s a pretty inexpensive solution to vacuum veneering, but I think if I were to do this more often, I’d go for a more professional setup.

The holder is just some scrap walnut with some kerfs in it – rustic… seems to fit, I think.

Thanks for looking!





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 180 days ago

Very eye catching—hope they sell well for you.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 180 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

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#3 posted 175 days ago

Very cool belt buckles! Like the mix of wood and metal. I’m sure they’ll be hits at the convention.

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