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Bigb1006

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11-06-2017 02:21 PM

Hi I’m designing a toolbox and I want it to have leather handles. I was planning on attaching them using upholstery tacks. After thinking about it I’m not sure if they will be able to hold the weight. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on how to attach leather handles so they would be able to support the weight.


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mpounders

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#1 posted 11-06-2017 02:42 PM

I used to refinish a lot of antique trunks and the handles were attached used nails that were “clinched” over on the inside. The nails were flat cut nails and i would try to select ones that were long enough to penetrate the leather and the wood with may be a 1/4 inch to spare on the inside. I would hold a small iron against the inside and attempt to bend the nail back as I hammered from the outside. Sometimes it was necessary to start the inside bend with pliers. I used three nails on each side of the handle. The leather will rot before the nails pull loose!

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#2 posted 11-06-2017 05:15 PM

Glue holds leather pretty well. Combined with
tacks it may hold adequately. Clinching is not
a bad idea. Screws with washers may not
be pretty but the washer will be big enough
to prevent the screw head tearing through the
leather.

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#3 posted 11-06-2017 05:30 PM

I would do one of two things… make a wooden handle and wrap it with leather, or use metal grommets to secure the leather strap. Then use a fastener that allows the grommet to swivel a little.

Running a couple rows of topstitching makes a great looking strap handle. You can use contact cement on leather, and fold it in half lengthwise to make a sturdy strap.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 11-06-2017 05:46 PM

Horton Brasses has leather handles and attachment hardware.. pretty nice IMO
https://www.horton-brasses.com/searchadvanced.asp?searchfor=leather

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Bigb1006

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#5 posted 11-06-2017 10:23 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions, I was thinking about using glue and the tacks but I figured I would ask.

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#6 posted 11-07-2017 03:58 AM

How heavy do you expect it to be? If it’s very heavy, I would think the glue would eventually fail.
I think you need to buy or make something along these lines.:
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=40643&cat=3,41427,41377&ap=1

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 11-07-2017 04:08 AM

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Bigb1006

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#8 posted 11-07-2017 04:11 AM

Are there decorative rivets that could go through about an inch of material.

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#9 posted 11-07-2017 09:21 AM


Are there decorative rivets that could go through about an inch of material.

- Bigb1006

Saw bolts would work if you can’t find big enough rivets.

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#10 posted 11-07-2017 12:57 PM

Check out Jimmy DiResta’s Oak & Leather Toolbox.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#11 posted 11-07-2017 01:29 PM

I’d suggest a Google image search for “steamer trunk handles” as a source for suitable approaches. Glue and tacks IMO ain’t gonna do it for you.

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#12 posted 11-07-2017 01:50 PM

Mabe “Chicago screws” or bolts would work for this.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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