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What to do when officially an OAP

paulmag

Always on
Honorary Life Member
You have to get a hobby.............try something you have not done before.

So I looked for something where I could make stuff using new skills so after some thought and viewing a few youtube videos I decided to have a crack at leatherworking ..well why not.

I produced all my stuff from scratch and after 3 iterations for a small battery case I ended up with the design below for my fuji batteries.

Fuji battery case by Paul Magyar, on Flickr

Fuji battery case by Paul Magyar, on Flickr

Fuji battery case by Paul Magyar, on Flickr

Thanks for looking
 

ed taylor

Super Ed
Super Moderator
A stitch in time saves nine Paul. They do look very good quality. Nice work. We all will want a case for our batteries soon.
 

Mike Singh

Always on
Premium Member
Well that looks neat and nice Paul. How did u do the stitches?


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DonS

Stuck in Toronto
Moderator
Nicely done, they look professional. Now you need to open an Etsy store and sell them :)
 

paulmag

Always on
Honorary Life Member
Well that looks neat and nice Paul. How did u do the stitches?


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I used a box stitch which is a saddle stitch at an angle so there is no stitching on the inside and joins butted up leather it is one of the more difficult stitches to start with but makes a neat case one which i am happier with than my previous gusseted and attempt at wet forming both worked ok but added to much bulk for me.

Thanks for all your comments much appreciated .....us old uns need encouraging
 

imagesBV

Well-Known Member
That does look like a very well crafted product.
I bought the basic gear to do book binding - idea being to make a really good photo album......maybe even offer to make bespoke wedding albums....but I just don't have the time at present. Your skills here would lend to nice leather covers.
 

paulmag

Always on
Honorary Life Member
That does look like a very well crafted product.
I bought the basic gear to do book binding - idea being to make a really good photo album......maybe even offer to make bespoke wedding albums....but I just don't have the time at present. Your skills here would lend to nice leather covers.
Thanks I have now expanded my "hobbies" to include knife making I was driven to it when I saw a knife I liked would have cost me about £200 delivered as I served an apprenticeship as a tool and diemaker (started work about the same day as the first moon landing so 50yrs ago)

Made a couple of versions of the knife below in O1 tool steel ...makes a nice blade and keeps its edge.

knife right handed.jpg
 

oldgeezer

Always on
Premium Member
Nice work.
I too have just started a new hobby. too.
Invested in a decent table saw. Watched too many YouTube videos but learnt loads.
just made 3 jigs for different cuts that I didn't know about.
Fun, ain't it. Learning is so much a great way to relax as a pensioner with the space and time at hand.
I can't believe how cheap tools are now.
 
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gaelldew

Always on
Premium Member
Vicious looking tool that is Paul, I got a few woodworking tools and the one I like working best is my Router, Pete.
 

oldgeezer

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Premium Member
Vicious looking tool that is Paul, I got a few woodworking tools and the one I like working best is my Router, Pete.
Not got a router yet Garth. I'm very much a novice, as all my life I fabricated everything in metal.
I was amazed how much you can do with a table saw and DIY jigs.
 

paulmag

Always on
Honorary Life Member
Nice work.
I too have just started a new hobby. too.
Invested in a decent table saw. Watched too many YouTube videos but learnt loads.
just made 3 jigs for different cuts that I didn't know about.
Fun, ain't it. Learning is so much a great way to relax as a pensioner with the space and time at hand.
I can't believe how cheap tools are now.
Stuff is a lot more available than it used to be Just bought myself a small bandsaw not as good as my old Startright I had but OK for wood after spending a bit of time fine tuning it.

Vicious looking tool that is Paul, I got a few woodworking tools and the one I like working best is my Router, Pete.
I have a couple of routers very useful but if I can I prefer to use hand tools
 

oldgeezer

Always on
Premium Member
Stuff is a lot more available than it used to be Just bought myself a small bandsaw not as good as my old Startright I had but OK for wood after spending a bit of time fine tuning it.
I've got an old (carppy) one but I don't think it's much cop for wood. I would like a decent make bandsaw but not really sure I would use it.
i don't have an option for many hand tools, too many years using power tools have made my hands more of less useless for manual work of any significance.
 

paulmag

Always on
Honorary Life Member
I've got an old (carppy) one but I don't think it's much cop for wood. I would like a decent make bandsaw but not really sure I would use it.
i don't have an option for many hand tools, too many years using power tools have made my hands more of less useless for manual work of any significance.
My tennis elbow and arthritic hands dont help me i find hand sawing the most difficult so use a bandsaw and track saw
 
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tenchy

Rain maker
Administrator
Nice work.
I too have just started a new hobby. too.
Invested in a decent table saw. Watched too many YouTube videos but learnt loads.
just made 3 jigs for different cuts that I didn't know about.
Fun, ain't it. Learning is so much a great way to relax as a pensioner with the space and time at hand.
I can't believe how cheap tools are now.
I love making stuff. Especially designing it first. Collecting tools to do it is also part of the fun.
 

Lindsay Pennell

Active Member
Premium Member
Marvellous stuff. And well done OP for that nice leatherwork.
I keep trying to retire but my dear wife doesn't want me to; I guess she doesn't;t want the drop in income etc. All my hobbies involve almost nil expenditure now, I've got everything I need for them but I just don't get to do them enough.
 
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