Justin F. Donated leather working tools. These are currently stored next to the Lock Picking by the woodworking area.
- Hollow punch set. Useful to punch round holes, such as to install buttons or rivets. There is a small hex key to tighten the screw which holds the interchangeable pieces in place.
- Edge slicker/burnisher tool + attachments. Used to burnish an edge for protection and aesthetics.
- Diamond chisels. Used to punch holes through one or more pieces prior to stitching.
- Stitching groover. As a matter of preference, it can be used to create a grooved stitch line. The stitches sitting in the groove will be less prone to abrading with use. More common practice is to mark the stitch line with a scratch awl before punching/stitching.
- Stitching awls. For one-off stitching holes and when a hole wasn't punched all the way through by stitching chisels.
- Scratch awl. Useful at various stages of a project. Particularly useful when starting a project for marking a pattern onto a piece of leather prior to cutting the components out.
- Edge bevelers. Used to bevel an edge in order to prevent fraying and maintain a professional appearance.
- Skivers (Tandy Super Skiver, safety skiver). These are used to thin a piece of leather. Most commonly, this will be useful to cut down bulk at an edge where multiple pieces are stitched together.
- Stitching clamps (2). This tool holds a project so it can be stitched with both hands.
- Honing guide. Block of red wood with different guides for sharpening different tools. Sandpaper placed on guide before tool is dragged along it.
- Thickness gauge. Used to measure the thickness of leather.
- Rivet setter. Used to set copper rivets.
- Edge creaser. Used to place a crease along the edge of a project for aesthetic value.
- Thread snipper.
- Gum tragacanth. Edge finishing product. Used before beeswax.
- Beeswax. Edge finishing, etc.
- Leather adhesive (Eco-Flow Leather Weld). Two pieces can be glued together at the edge before stitching.
- Waxed threads. This is fairly heavy-duty thread and not ideal for all projects.
- Saddler's needles (John James #4). A versatile size of the most recommended saddler's needle for stitching leather (note holes must be punched beforehand).
- Blades for safety skivers.
- Sand paper for honing guide. Use lower number grits first, progressing to higher numbers.
- Honing compounds (yellow, green). Used to sharpen tools, such as edge bevelers. Can be loaded onto a piece of thread which is pulled through the groove on an edge beveler to sharpen.
Stropping compound. The yellow is the more coarse of the two, and so would be used first, with the green being a finer grit and used second. These can sharpen a blade using a strop (can be easily made or purchased). They can also sharpen edge bevelers by loading a bit onto a piece of thread and dragging it through the groove.
Recommended tools & Supplies
- French edger. Helps thin leather in a similar way to a skiver, but useful at different times.
- Copper Rivets.
- Seam ripper. Will help remove stitches in event of mistakes.
- Thinner thread. .45 mm waxed twisted poly thread is great.
- Maul/hammer. Nylon head. Used to strike punches without ruining tools.
- Thread spool storage/rack.
- Adhesive spreader. Amy Roke makes the best ones.
- Canvas or denim scraps for the final step in edge burnishing.
- Silicone mats to apply adhesive without making a giant mess.
- Rubber glue removers. Life savers and inexpensive.
- Sandpaper in fine grits. Typically 500-2000. Used mostly in edge finishing.