Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
metal chop saw and made sure I was on the mark before I decided to cut the post. I repeated the same for the second post. Please make sure that both posts are matched in the final cutting height.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
1 1/8" stroke Sawzall and cut the post off. I also used some oil to ease the cutting process. Now, there is a smaller Sawzall with a 3/4" stroke that should work, but know that it make take a bit longer to cut the post. This piece will not be needed for this project.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Harbor Freight. Follow the posting to see how it turns out. Metal 4 U shop located in North Austin after I failed to find any scrap pieces that nobody wanted to give up even for a fee. I do believe I found my new hangout. The customer service was exceptional and the prices were pretty good. The dimension of these plates is 3/8" thick x 12" deep x 15" wide. I didn't expect these plates to be as heavy as they were until I had to carry them. So, I took a grinder to the edges to smooth them out, but the original cuts were not too bad. Once the plates were smooth and ready to rock, I purchased some flat black paint and sprayed the tops of the plate and edges. I also unpacked the 3 boxes that the hydralic seal press parts were delivered. At this point, I warn any potential makers to read the instructions on how this press is assembled. Most of the build will follow the instructions with a few deviations, so take your time.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Mr. Bob Park from Arizona that I wanted to give it a try with this interior. (Thanks to our family at Leather Wranglers for the bio information.) I started out by dressing the corners with a simple flower center. I then started by drawing out some semi-scrolls trying to keep them evenly spaced. Nothing too over bearing, but just a touch of class!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Fiebing's Mahogany dye so I used it on this project. I did want a two-tone contrast though. I decided to dye the open space with the Mahogany dye and leave the carved and embossed areas un-dyed. If it sounds familiar it should because it is also known as the Sheridan Finish or process. Fiebings Antique Paste and applied a liberal coat over the carved areas. I then took the excess paste off the project by wiping it with a couple of paper towels. What this does is allow some of the paste to be captured in the deep cuts and stamping areas. A light buffing with a cotton towel will deliver a beautiful polished look.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Barry King Spinner. So basically, I went all "G" with it. The rest of the stamping process was completed in normal fashion. EVOO to the entire project. I used EVOO versus Neatsfoot Oil because in my opinion, the EVOO will usually not darken the leather at all. I allowed the project to sit overnight before I proceeded with the next stage..........dyeing!