Stitching Pony

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Project by Shenso posted 09-23-2014 09:52 AM 6138 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi! First time posting to LJ, but been a spectator for over a year. Always inspired by the work I see here. Finally got up the stones to post something I was proud of.

This is a stitching pony, made for a buddy who is a leatherworking enthusiast. You sit on it, (hence the soft curves for the underside of the thigh, hand cut with a spokeshave); with the clamp sticking up between your legs, which holds your project (a wallet for example) at chest height in front of you so you have both hands free for stitching.

It’s made from Sapele, with all brass hardware. The box joints, one made loose to function as a hinge, the other snug and glued firm. Finished with three coats of the Maloof Poly, and two coats of his Wax.

Plenty of things I would do differently on the next go around, but thanks for taking a gander.

I look forward to the communities thoughts and tips!

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 12:14 PM

Welcome to the LumberJocks’ community.

That’s a very nice, furniture quality, stitching pony. I’m certain your friend will think of you often, while using it.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 01:39 PM

Handsomely crafted. I would like to see a photo of your friend using it as it looks to be a very useful tool.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 03:58 PM

Welcome and nice work. My buddy uses one of those and it dose not look nearly as nice as yours!

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 04:09 PM

Nice work and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 06:06 PM


And welcome to LJ’s

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 06:53 PM

Almost too pretty to use, but I’m sure it will make hand stitching more enjoyable. Besides, it beats the heck out of my Tandy, plain Jane model. Your friend is very lucky!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 03:26 AM

Nice. Beautiful finish. I bought some of the Maloof poly after seeing some good reviews. How high a grit do you sand to?

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 05:33 AM

That is some nice craftsmanship. Wish I had that kind of skill with my spokeshaves.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 08:16 PM

Thanks everyone!

Matt Stauffer: I sanded down to 220 before putting down any finish. Then I got a little lazy and only buffed in between the Poly & Wax coats with a #000 steel wool, not the #0000 that’s recommended.

bobasaurus: Spokeshave was surprisingly forgiving; it removed the material so slowly it was hard to make a mistake that you can’t carve out with a little elbow grease!

As requested here’s a shot of it in use. I’ve asked him to have his wife snap a pic of him with it to show better how it’s oriented while in use.

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#10 posted 04-27-2015 04:34 PM

Beautiful pony, really love it.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 07-28-2015 12:19 PM

That is really nice work. I do leather work and I must say your pony is much better then the one’s you can purchase from leather supply sites, like Tandy Leather. If you are into making the ones that are attached to a stool, let me know. I would be interested in buying one. What would charge for the one you made?


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#12 posted 11-06-2017 09:09 PM


Are you still making these? This is what i’m looking for! I like the seated stitching pony. But the one I have jaws that are flat and I can’t do bigger items.

Please let me know if you are still making these and if you’d consider making me one. I’m in New Zealand and keen to get something worthwhile.

Many thanks,

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