New guitar strap build along...

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  1. NightOwl

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    Hey guys! I did a strap build along a few years ago. I've come a long way since then. So, let's get building! At this point, I've already cut the main body of the strap to shape, laid out stitch lines and cut in my tooling/stamping borders and began the beveling process. I think i'm gonna make this one a fishscale pattern. Stay tuned for more...
     

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    Ok, Ive beveled, and scribed a VERY LIGHT center line. Now we can start the fun stuff!
     

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    I love your work and will be watching! funny story, I have a "dragon scale" tappedy tool heading my way right now, so I'll be watching rather carefully!
     
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    Thanks buddy! Whenever you want me to live chat and show you the way I do Sheridan flowers, ley me know. I'm just using a V406 veiner tool for this. Strap is 2 1/2" wide. It's made from Wickett and Craig Filson leather. The Leather Filson uses for their $800 bags is made by Wickett and Craig. It's excellent leather. Once it's oiled and sealed, it'll have a rich color. It looks a tad purple before oil and sealer.
     
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    Ok guys, got a bunch of hitting to do. I just wanna say that you don't need to get dead nutz tight up against the border. We're gonna border stamp that later...
     

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    This does not appear to be your first rodeo.

    Impressive!
     
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    hanks! I've been doing this a while. I'm coming up on a decade of practice...
     
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    We're at the point that the majority of decoration is done. It's now time for a border stamp. The reason I bevel my borders first is to give a well defined stopping point and to give the border stamp a ledge to rest against. This keeps your border stamp in line. When border stamping, always start your run at a corner of the border.
     

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    Border stamp is done at this point. Gonna let it dry for a while and oil it sparingly with neatsfoot oil. If there's any budding leather guys out there, never use neatsfoot oil compound. You only want pure neatsfoot oil. Only use it once. Too much oil will ruin leather forever because you cannot get the excess out. The key word is sparingly...
     

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    nice looking work - my DIY straps have not included any "tooling"

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Thanks! Tooling and stamping are the fun part. If you're doing it properly, a majority of time on almost every project will be spent on finish and edges. You should give some simple stamping a try.
     
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    Alright guys, let's put a liner in this thing! You wanna find your preferred lining leather and put contact cement on the back of BOTH pieces to be joined together. Let it sit a while (10 minutes) and stick 'em together. Use your handy dandy slicking tool and rub the liner smooth on the back and really help that glue set. I like to leave my liner a bit proud before I run it through my stitching machine. A little excess liner helps keep the work from rocking as the machine foot moves and also keeps the stitches in a straighter line

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    :eek: you forgot the padding! :p
     
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    Nah, I don't particularly like padded straps. This one is for me, so that's why I left it out. Ok, if you wanna pad it, cut some 1/4" yoga mat, slather it in contact cement and slap it in between the strap body and liner. Make sure its smaller than the main body. If you want it like a Levy's, make it a little bigger and wrap the liner over it...Glue and stitch after that.
     
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    Liner stitched in and trimmed. Now the real work begins! Next step is to sand the edges even and smooth, apply glycerin soap, slick the edges and dye the edges.
     

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    Wow! That is crazy beautiful man!!! Great job!!!! I've always appreciated people who can do fine leatherwork. Very nice indeed.
     
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    Thanks so much! I appreciate it. It's all just practice and process. I do these build along threads occasionally just in case someone is trying to make a strap and is having trouble. Hopefully I can help them out.
     
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    Hey all! I just skipped the step by step on the tail of the strap. It's exactly the same steps. Cut to shape, tool/stamp, glue in the liner, oil, stitch and finish. Here's the tail. I really like the crazy legs stamp on a strap tail. It always looks good. This is a 100% coverage strap.
     

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    That looks great NightOwl! Thanks for sharing the build.
     
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    I love that you detail for me how to make a padded strap LOL! Really nice impressions. would you mind sharing your casing routine with me?
     
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