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torker
02-21-2011, 10:40 AM
Hey guys...here's some of my new toys etc...
My Mitsibishi upholstery machine with the new servo motor I just installed
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherwork2002.jpg
The heavy hitter...this is my new stitcher...it'll sew almost an inch thick...weighs almost 400 lbs total
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherworketc007.jpg
My machine I bought last year...only a bottom feeder and it's also waiting for a new servo motor to slow it down
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherworketc006.jpg
My beautiful old American brand splitter
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherworketc010.jpg

ptjw7uk
02-21-2011, 10:43 AM
Nice pictures Russ, that splitter is that for thinning leather - is it the same as 'skiving' as i always thought splitting sheets was called nad missing work!!
Nice machines bye the way!

Peter

lazlo
02-21-2011, 10:45 AM
Russ, would you be interested in making a custom knife sheath?

I'm having fun making the blades, but I don't have the time or inclination to learn leatherwork.

torker
02-21-2011, 10:47 AM
Heavy batwing chaps I just made...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherworketc009.jpg
An old timey style headstall
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherworketc008.jpg
Some Cowboy cuffs
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherworketc005.jpg
A nice pair of Ladies chink chaps
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/torker/Leatherwork2001.jpg
Hope you all get a kick out of my work!
Russ

torker
02-21-2011, 10:50 AM
Nice pictures Russ, that splitter is that for thinning leather - is it the same as 'skiving' as i always thought splitting sheets was called nad missing work!!
Nice machines bye the way!

Peter
Peter...yes...it is for splitting leather so it's all the same thickness. Skiving is usually tapering the ends for a smooth lap joint.
I used this machine to split all the leather to uniform thickness for the headstall you see. It is made from one layer of saddle skirting with a layer of oiley latigo sewn to the inside to stop the horses sweat from rotting the leather

torker
02-21-2011, 10:52 AM
Russ, would you be interested in making a custom knife sheath?

I'm having fun making the blades, but I don't have the time or inclination to learn leatherwork.
Yes...I can do them no problem...but it would be easier for you to get them made state side maybe???

DFMiller
02-21-2011, 10:53 AM
Russ,
Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Very impressive work.
I am glad you are back posting.
Dave

Mcgyver
02-21-2011, 10:55 AM
nice stuff Russ!

mochinist
02-21-2011, 10:59 AM
nice work and nice seeing Torker around here again.

Lets see the pictures of the black leather outfits you make for the ladies to wear in private:p

lazlo
02-21-2011, 11:01 AM
Yes...I can do them no problem...but it would be easier for you to get them made state side maybe???

I'd rather contribute to the Round Column Mill Drill fund :D

Great work Russ! Are you welding at all??

torker
02-21-2011, 11:05 AM
Yes Robert...I just started a new welding job last week. Been doing finish carpentry for awhile...it pays better than most welding jobs here. New job pays ok...and seems a good place to work....they even have two lathes!!! Yay!

jkilroy
02-21-2011, 11:15 AM
Hey Torker, Not wanting to get into your business or anything but considering the captive and friendly group here I think you could do a brisk business in QUALITY shop aprons. Those heavy chaps are sharp, they would be great chasing hogs on horseback. I'd gladly shell out some real bucks for a high quality leather shop apron, and I am pretty sure I am not alone.

Willy
02-21-2011, 11:16 AM
WOW! Russ, sounds like you're busier than a one-armed paper hanger. You've got more irons in the fire than most people have that's for sure.
Good to see you've got lots of feathers in your cap to keep you covered.

Nice seeing you post again.
By the way...damn fine leather work!

sasquatch
02-21-2011, 11:28 AM
Very nice work Russ, thanks for posting, now hang out here again.

Dang!! Some guys get all the luck measuring up young ladies to fit their chaps,,,i,m presuming this would be a lengthy procedure, with a number of call backs for fitting and of course adjustments?:rolleyes:

bborr01
02-21-2011, 12:45 PM
Torker,

Thanks for sharing the pics. and such. Nice work.

I am interested in the servo motor upgrade.

I have a Consew 118? that runs 3,600 stitches per minute at full speed. Kind of scary till I got used to it.

The lady I bought it from had bought it to sew teddy bears. When I asked her why she was selling it, she told me it "scares the crap out of me".

Care to shart any info. on the servo conversion?

Brian

torker
02-21-2011, 01:41 PM
Brian...google Techsew...
They sell the motor I installed.
It's a no brainer as it uses the exact same mount as any clutch motor.
The new motor is completely programmable from 200 to 1800(I think) rpm.
Far far better for any intricate work and still plenty of torque.
Whole upgrade cost me $200 Cnd.
I think they sell the motors for about $150 USD????
Russ

cuemaker
02-21-2011, 01:44 PM
I'd gladly shell out some real bucks for a high quality leather shop apron, and I am pretty sure I am not alone.

I second this thought.

torker
02-21-2011, 01:48 PM
I second this thought.
Funny...I have an old shop apron I made 25 or 30 years ago...has a dang handy metal strap on it for clipping a tape measure to.
Never thought of selling them....hmmmm

rohart
02-21-2011, 02:18 PM
I third this thought, though I'm an ocean away. But since I aim to cast iron eventually, and the person on the other end of the pouring bucket will be a daughter, I'll want a second apron to suit one of the fairer gender, too.

Nice to see you back.

CCWKen
02-21-2011, 02:29 PM
Dang! That's some nice equipment! Me, I just use glue and rivets. :D

Rustybolt
02-21-2011, 02:48 PM
That's very impressive Torker. Almost wish I owned a horse.


I can see blacksmiths and welders needing quality leather protection.

A.K. Boomer
02-21-2011, 05:29 PM
Torker have you gone completely insane???


just kiddin:p

very nice work, big changes for the welder dude i used to know, sometimes change is good. (but sometimes it isn't - but still - sometimes it is)

oil mac
02-21-2011, 05:37 PM
Lovely work Torker,
I like the nice decorations on your leather work, good craftsmanship, Thanks for sharing

Dan.

dewat
02-21-2011, 05:59 PM
Hi Russ, as always good quality work, looking forward to your future projects.



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bborr01
02-21-2011, 07:29 PM
Brian...google Techsew...
They sell the motor I installed.
It's a no brainer as it uses the exact same mount as any clutch motor.
The new motor is completely programmable from 200 to 1800(I think) rpm.
Far far better for any intricate work and still plenty of torque.
Whole upgrade cost me $200 Cnd.
I think they sell the motors for about $150 USD????
Russ

Thanks Torker,

I think that will tame my machine. Thanks for the tip.

Brian

quasi
02-21-2011, 10:07 PM
Toker, I mean Torker, it is nice to see you have landed on your feet after your Divorce. I am currently just starting the process.

Around here, welding leathers in large sizes, (3xlt and up) are very hard to find. It might be something to think about.

wierdscience
02-21-2011, 11:40 PM
Okay shop aprons,

I'll take two in Angus and one in Holstein:D

Seriously a good shop apron is hard to find.And we just happen to know of a publication that sells advertising to folks selling things to machinists and blacksmiths:)

Too bad you weren't here a couple weeks ago.I saw a nice old Clicker press heading down the road towards the scrapyard:(

C - ROSS
02-22-2011, 12:15 AM
Torker
It's good to see you back.

I think they are on to something, put an add in HSM, sell a bunch, buy more tools.

Ross