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Back after nearly a year off.

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Grayzer86, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Hey guys, i have been stupidly busy lately with work and home life, so havent been making much or had much for time to post here. Last October i bought a new place and and spent several months renovating it. Nothing was wrong with it, very well looked after, but hadnt really been updated since it was built in 1981. What started as a plan to do some paint and flooring, turned into all the paint and flooring, complete kitchen gut, with all new cabinetry that i built myself with my dad, then a full tear down and new bathroom as well. Once we finally got moved in, it was time to start all over with the old house and get it ready to flip. it also got a full gutting, new kitchen, bedrooms and living room, front step, and back deck. The bathroom there had already been done when i lived there. It may seem excessive but doing all the work ourselves, there was some decent money to be gained. This is a couple before and after shots of the old house.

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    This is a knife I had completed previously but not done a sheath for. I was contacted by a lady looking for a knife for her husband for Christmas (the week before christmas). I told her there was no time to make one but she could look at what i had completed and she chose this one.

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    Lately i have developed a dislike for kydex due to blade scratcing, issues in extreme cold, and just the overall cheaper look of it. I decided to pick up an 8-9oz double shoulder, some dye, and some other tools, to go with the big box of leather tools i picked up last year for free. I started messing around and have mad a few sheaths and things now. It does take more time, but i find it a lot more enjoyable than kydex work as well.

    These are my first two projects, the small pouch sheath was the first thing i made in leather and was just for a personal knife i have. The second project is the tomahawk cover and belt loop for a hawk that is in progress and will be donated to a wildlife club to raise money again this year.

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    My third project was this simple blacksmiths arm bracer, i died the edge and anvil as dark brown as possible with the dye i had, and dyed the center mahogany. I drew a simple anvil on it and tooled around it to let it stand out a bit.

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    My fourth and most recent leather project is this sheath for a knife that will also be auctioned at the Wildlife fundraiser. I wanted to try a few things so i did an inlay of embossed gator print leather, and did a removable frog system with dangler belt loop. Its not perfect but im pretty happy with the way it turned out for being fairly new to this, all seams are glued and stiched by hand.

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  2. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    All kinds of nice work going on there. Looks like you sure have been busy. Good to see you back.
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Good looking pieces. I especially like the gator print leather panel.

    Nice job on the kitchen too. The cabinets and flooring look outstanding. Sweat equity is the way to go for those older houses. Ours is circa 1950s, but we did all new electrical, plumbing and built an addition and front and back decks. Tons of work, but hugely rewarding. Hopefully when we sell it's payday.

    Good to see you're going to have some time in the shop again.

    Dan
     
  4. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    Real nice work there. Hope to see some more.
     
  5. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    Hey Brandon , nice to see you back , we'll have to hook up again this coming May....
    House looks great , nice job and those old cabinets should work well in the new shop !!!
    Leather work looks nice and I have to agree on everything you said about Kydex.....how do I get a ticket for the auction ? ;)
     
  6. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys. Its gonna be one hell of a drive to that auction Rob lol. The old cabinets were actually built in place and not individual box units so there was no good way to salvage them and get them out in one piece. They ended up coming out with a hammer and recip saw. I did snag a few cabinets from another project so i have base cabinets under the bench for extra storage. I will have shelving along the back wall with clear tubs i picked up from home depot. They were less than a dollar each and and about 5x8x14 and clear, so i figured they would be great for storing patterns, handle material, and knives in various stages of completion. That way i can keep the blade, handle materials, liners, corbys etc, for each knife together and not have to hunt for stuff in the shop.
     
  7. BigUglyMan

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    The only thing that I would suggest is to invest in a wooden wheel for your grinder with a groove in the middle for breaking the hard corners and rounding the welt on your sheaths. I like them slightly rounded.

    More organic.

    Yes, I just said that. Someone slap me. What the hell has happened to me since I moved East?
     
  8. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    Have a seat and just eat another lobster you will be all right.

    I feel your pain with renovating once you start there never seams to be an end. Nice leather work I like the anvil
     

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