Leather work #2: Leather strap cutter - make your own.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-22-2020 12:05 AM 1871 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Leather strap cutter
make your own.

This is basic leather tool you can buy, but so easy to make, that anyone can make one, so I decided I wanted to make my own.

This blog is a mess, as I don’t have all the pictures, I made mistakes and I did not take pictures to make a how to, but just for joy.

I’m sorry but we start here…
I can’t find the pictures of me drilling two 5,5mm holes into a piece of ash (scrap from my workshop floor) and then making a saw cut app. 2/3 down the one side…
So start by imagine this, you will see the position of the holes as we go. Smiles.
Then mount a piece of threaded rod in your drill and drive it in to the wood.

Like this and now on the side.
Notice the outer hole is drilled larger in the part with the saw cut, just the part that are able to spring.

Mix epoxy, unscrew them, fill epoxy in the holes and screw them back in.

Hmmmmm my side hole were a wee too big… So I drilled through the side and trough the bolt. (The truth is I made the block of wood months ago and were laying on my workshop table, so I forgot the hole size I drilled back then were 6mm for some reason).

Then a bamboo stick through and it’s fixed.
You might also note other stuff happened, we will get back to this.

Here we are on the top.
Where I drilled a hole next to the threaded rod hole and put in a loose dovel.

Without dovel.

With another small piece of ash, where I routed a long hole / slot, so the strap width can be set.

A washer.

Wing nut, so it can be fast and easy adjusted.

Also washer and wing nut on the side, that will hold the blade.

Rounding the edges for comfort.

Using a small size standard Stanley blade.

Unscrew the wing nut.

Put in blade and tighten.
It will now be easy to break of blades to get a sharp fresh blade.

We have a tool.

You can hold it by hand.

Or mount it on your table.
Here starting a cut.

Then pulling the leather through.

A strap is made.

That’s it, another tool born and ready to use.
You can choose the width of the top, after the strap widths you need, I am planning to make a wider version also, so I have up to 15cm in width.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even some straps.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-22-2020 12:37 AM

Nice! Another useful tool. I suspect it would work for birch bark or plastic, as well.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Combo Prof

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#2 posted 12-22-2020 01:15 AM

Now I have to make one those too. LOL. (I bought a pack of 5 blades for the leather splitter, so I have extra that I can use for this project.)

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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Combo Prof

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#3 posted 12-22-2020 01:18 AM

Now I have to make one those too. LOL.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#4 posted 12-22-2020 03:36 PM

WOW! Nice!

I really like the way you have been incorporating those inexpensive blades into your projects.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 12-22-2020 06:54 PM

Nicely done!
I can vouch for this being a handy tool to have. I wasn’t as creative in my youth. I just clamped the blade and split it by eye. :-) I like this way much better.

-- Mike - Brunswick, ME

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#6 posted 12-22-2020 07:23 PM

Mads! Your are in a rave of new posts, take that as a sign things are going well?
Lovely tool there, can easily see that together with your other leather working tools. Perhaps ready for anopther knife sheath class..?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 12-25-2020 12:58 AM

So simple and yet so effective. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 12-26-2020 12:29 AM

Hi guys,
Dave Polaschek, yes I’m sure it will work fine for that also, good ideas. Thank you.
Combo Prof, laugh, yes you sure have to. Smiles thanks.
lew, I’m lazy and for leather cutting it’s nice to be able to work with really sharp blades. Laughs. Thank you with a smile.
Rototgeek, I feel sure it will be a favourite, as I almost always need straps when sheath making. Less can be more and sometimes too little… Laughs. Thanks.
kaerlighedsbamsen, All is well here, I enjoy the wintertime in the shop and with my daughter, yes I have been quite active in the shop, partly for joy and partly because all is so organised and well functioning, that the projects don’t take much time. Also being away from the shop all summer, makes me enjoying the time there now even more. I’m all ready for making another knife sheath class or day. The Covid vaccines are soon a reality so we can get back to normal.
Doug, Less seems to work here. Thanks.
Merry Christmas all and the best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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