Stitching Pony

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Project by JL7 posted 01-02-2018 10:43 PM 2397 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been building a few things out of leather lately and quickly discovered that 2 hands are not enough when it comes to hand stitching. Found lots of designs online and settled on my own variation that is designed to be held in vice or it could be clamped to a table or bench. In time I could add a longer bottom board so it could be used to in a chair, while sitting on the longer bottom board.

Primarily it is reclaimed Hard Maple flooring and shop-made Cherry dowels and threads. The jaws are lined with veg-tanned leather. Not metal fasteners.

It tilts 90 degrees, so should be versatile.

So far it is working well and doesn’t mar the leather you are stitching…...which is the goal!

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 10:46 PM

I’ve been meaning to make one of these. I do the odd leather project, too, and I’ve been using a saw vise. Nice job.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 10:55 PM

That’s neat Jeff.
Sorry I didn’t get by to see ya.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 11:05 PM

I must admit upon reading the title form the pulse page, I was expecting to see a traditional stitching pony, akin to my marquetry donkey. Thanks for the switch-up! I really like this bench top version … the adjustable base is awesome. Very well made. Good job!

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 11:24 PM

Man, you do nice work. Looks great, seems to work great too.

Happy New Year buddy,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-02-2018 11:45 PM

Hope you had a Merry Christmas….
Good to see you are keeping busy….
Ummm…. as impressive as you WW projects are….
we’ll need to see some of these leather projects!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-02-2018 11:48 PM

Very Nice Jeff!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 01-03-2018 12:10 AM

Thanks Bertha….kind of an easy fun build….I like these kind of projects…go for it!

Hey Bill, you and your crew can always crash here on your way (or back) from God’s country! Had a bounty of Famous Dave’s BBQ on hand on Sunday…...(and still have some)......very tasty. Thanks man!

Ron, appreciate it. I can’t sleep when I start a project like this…..I start without knowing the ending, always trying to work out the usability aspects…...time will tell here..

Steve – Happy New Year to you as well! I get a lot of my inspiration from your work! Thanks!

Randy, good to see ya postin’ again! I’ve built a few leather things, but not always purty….so I’ll post leather stuff after we see what you’ve been doing in your shop….deal?

Thanks Rick, appreciate it!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 01-03-2018 01:18 AM

Very creative

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 01-03-2018 01:26 AM

Great Project and nicely done!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#10 posted 01-03-2018 01:35 AM

Jeff, very cool….I didn’t realize you were a leather guy!
When I was a kid, my mom did leather tooling, etc. I remember her getting a whole cow hide in the mail one day.
She did a lot of belts, purses, wallets, etc.

-- jbschutz

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#11 posted 01-03-2018 03:45 AM

Great looking pony, Jeff! I can imagine the tilting mechanism would come in very handy. Happy New Year! Good to see you posting.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 01-03-2018 06:20 AM

That is a real nice idea, well done, and very functional.
Looks like it could be useful for other projects too.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#13 posted 01-03-2018 12:48 PM

Thanks Monte and htl.

John, not giving up the woodworking, just something to add to it. Learning the tooling side of leather is a whole other ball game….thanks!

Hey Candy, Happy New Year to you and mudflap!

Old Novice, I am thinking the same thing, may find a few other uses…thanks!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 01-03-2018 03:03 PM

wondered what this was for, learn new things every day. Well made project. with the wooden bolts.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 01-03-2018 05:48 PM

wondered what this was for, learn new things every day. Well made project. with the wooden bolts.

- bushmaster

So did I wonder. Like BushMASTER! I want to learn new things every DAY!
Making wooden bolts must be fun. Brian will probably make his own jig to do it!

Almost forgot to also comment on the “wood rescue” too. Makes good projects even better!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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