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Forum topic by diito posted 04-26-2015 07:59 AM 1168 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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diito

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04-26-2015 07:59 AM

I’m building some joiner’s mallets and need some leather for the faces. The suggested leather seems to be heavy duty (6oz 1/8”). Having never bought leather before, what sources do you guys use to buy this stuff from?


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#1 posted 04-26-2015 10:13 AM

I bought the leather I used for my own hammer at Michael’s craft store. I tripled it up to get the thickness I needed. Used gorilla glue to attach it.

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 01:36 PM

PM me w/ your address and I’ll send you some scraps.

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 02:53 PM

I used the local Tandy store they have a scrap barrel. Any local leather, saddle shop should have scraps.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 04-26-2015 05:16 PM

People say tack shops for horse riding supplies and such are a good place, but the only one near me didn’t have any scraps large enough for a mallet. Tandy online is supposedly decent, but a little hard to figure out what to get.
I ended up picking up some scraps from a garage sale but I’m running out of the thicker stuff. I should have bought the whole box when I had the chance.

Contact cement works really well to glue leather.

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#5 posted 04-26-2015 06:05 PM

I have a friend that makes custom guitar straps he always has scrap in the 5×5” sizes. See if you can find someone in your area.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 07:14 PM


I bought the leather I used for my own hammer at Michael s craft store. I tripled it up to get the thickness I needed. Used gorilla glue to attach it.

- Kaleb the Swede

I frequent Michaels for small items as well and just to add to your point, make sure you search for coupons before you buy there. Michaels has a tendency to over charge for their regular priced items, but +/- 50% off coupons frequently come out. As an example, my local Michaels sells small cans of Varathane stain for just under $20 a can…...

Some fabric stores may also sell a bit of leather.

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 11:52 PM

Depending on how big the mallet heads are, look for wide leather belts at goodwill. I remember years ago finding a white leather belt that was almost 3” wide. I used it to make a wide neck-strap for a saxophone. Only cost me a buck.

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 12:36 AM


Depending on how big the mallet heads are, look for wide leather belts at goodwill. I remember years ago finding a white leather belt that was almost 3” wide. I used it to make a wide neck-strap for a saxophone. Only cost me a buck.

- JoeinGa

Of course….. Sometimes its so easy to over look the most simplest of options. You might even be able to get an entire leather jacket at a Goodwill for the price of a small strip anywhere else.

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#9 posted 04-28-2015 04:31 PM

I used a piece of a rubber conveyor belt. It was a salesmans sample.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#10 posted 05-02-2015 03:55 AM

Depending on your location, take a look at the shoe section while you’re at goodwill. Sometimes the leather boots folks donate have better leather soles than the shoes are. And the shoes are cheap.

-- Sawdust703

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#11 posted 05-02-2015 04:00 AM

I’ve rummage thru the same barrel that has Bruce. I really like that conveyor belt idea.

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#12 posted 05-02-2015 04:03 AM

Horse hide is the best in my opinion, and it is usually a good 5/32” to 3/16” thick. Tandy Leather is the original go to source, but Springfield Leather has a far better selection and they do business all over the nation through mail order, http://springfieldleather.com/ .

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

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#13 posted 05-02-2015 11:56 AM

John I heard that too about horse hide, but it seemed a little tacky to walk into a tack shop and ask about getting some horse hide.

That source looks good, but they sell 10 lbs of it.

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#14 posted 05-02-2015 12:04 PM

I get my leather from a shoe repair shop, I buy leather shoe soles, it is about 3/16” thick and hard, I have dented soft wood when I have hit it a bit off of “flat”.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#15 posted 05-02-2015 12:21 PM

Tim, Springfield Leather usually has a scrap bin, so you might call and talk to them to see about that or if they might sell less. I bought a couple square feet some 15 years ago and still have a little, having used it for mallet faces, stropping leather and as a liner for the wood jaws on the machine vise I use for gunsmithing, among other things—great stuff! As for tack shops, you never know unless you ask (despite your clever pun)—they may be glad to sell some scrap they were just going to throw away. Good luck, John.

P.S. Springfield Leather also sells a professional, shoe grade, rubber leather cement that can’t be beat, I’ve used it without any complaints or failures—even used it to re-cement the soles on a pair of shoes that came loose after being “re-crafted” by Allen Edmonds last summer.

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

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