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PostSubject: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 9:04 pm

Saw this question at TZ-Uk and thought it a good one. What do you need to have a go at making your own leather straps?

One answer, from an Oxford Don was:
A really sharp knife
A metal straight edge (preferably with a known right angle on it)
A miniature punch
A pouncing wheel (aka overstitch wheel tool)
A sewing awl
An edge beveler (optional)
Beeswax or tragacanth gum
A hardwood dowel
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 9:07 pm

And a step-by-step photo guide to a novice attempt:
http://www.tz-uk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=25019&hilit=strap
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 9:16 pm

My steps...


  1. Send e-mail to strap maker
  2. Send PayPal payment
  3. Wait
  4. Get strap

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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 9:48 pm

andrema wrote:
My steps...


  1. Send e-mail to strap maker
  2. Send PayPal payment
  3. Wait
  4. Get strap

That's such a bottom line way to do it......oh, yeah.....never mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 9:54 pm

It would seem like an interesting sideline to the hobby. I went so far as ordering a video but have yet to watch it. A friend of mines daughter in law has a saddle shop and all the leather tools, one of these days I'm going to see if she can try and make some straps for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 9:59 pm

merichar wrote:
It would seem like an interesting sideline to the hobby. I went so far as ordering a video but have yet to watch it. A friend of mines daughter in law has a saddle shop and all the leather tools, one of these days I'm going to see if she can try and make some straps for me.

Oh, wow. A really nice saddle leather strap would be a great addition to many watches.
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 10:10 pm

I asked a saddlemaker friend of mine if he'd make me a strap once. Nope, he doesn't want to work that small. He'll do fender keepers, and spur straps, but has never done, or had interest to do a watch strap, not even for himself.
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 10:11 pm

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I asked a saddlemaker friend of mine if he'd make me a strap once. Nope, he doesn't want to work that small. He'll do fender keepers, and spur straps, but has never done, or had interest to do a watch strap, not even for himself.

Have you shown him some of the newer watches? Who said anything about working small Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 10:20 pm

porschefan wrote:
Docrwm wrote:
porschefan wrote:
I asked a saddlemaker friend of mine if he'd make me a strap once. Nope, he doesn't want to work that small. He'll do fender keepers, and spur straps, but has never done, or had interest to do a watch strap, not even for himself.

Have you shown him some of the newer watches? Who said anything about working small Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742


He's a perfectionist. The roughcut wide straps popular now aren't his cup o' tea. He's busy enough to do the jobs he wants, so...

He's the guy I'd like to have do mine then. I'm no fan of the roughcut straps myself - no offense to anyone - and can only imagine what a real saddlemaker could do with some top grade saddle leather and their skills on a strap. I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 10:28 pm

He does beautiful work. He really is an artist. Some of his tools are over 100 years old, and still using them. Similar to some watch makers tools.
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 10:36 pm

Pretty cool step by step. My question is where to find the leather. I'd like to find an old leather ammo bag or something of the sort and give it a try!
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeMon Jun 14, 2010 11:23 pm

Outstanding info Doc !!!..I think I may leave it up to
the professionals, or MacGyver ! Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_cheers

Seriously though..Thank you very much !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeTue Jun 15, 2010 12:34 am

cski wrote:
Pretty cool step by step. My question is where to find the leather. I'd like to find an old leather ammo bag or something of the sort and give it a try!

When I was a kid you could find them for nothing at the A&N stores. I'd probably try a dusty old A&N store and see what I could find now.
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeTue Jun 15, 2010 9:48 am

andrema wrote:
My steps...


  1. Send e-mail to strap maker
  2. Send PayPal payment
  3. Wait
  4. Get strap

Oh man, I LITERALLY laughed out loud at this one!

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porschefan wrote:
Some of his tools are over 100 years old, and still using them.

Well DAYUM! He must not get much business if he can't afford new tools!!!! Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742 Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742 Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742 Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742
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PostSubject: Re: Strapmaking tools, what would you need?   Strapmaking tools, what would you need? Icon_minitimeTue Jun 15, 2010 11:35 am

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porschefan wrote:
Some of his tools are over 100 years old, and still using them.

Well DAYUM! He must not get much business if he can't afford new tools!!!! Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742 Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742 Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742 Strapmaking tools, what would you need? 744742

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