Leather splitter tool (post)

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Project by mafe posted 12-17-2020 05:36 PM 937 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Leather splitter
make your own.

As some of you know, I enjoy making sheaths for my tools and when ever I need to make leather thinner, it has been a challenge, I have used knifes and sometimes my thickness sander attachment for my oscillating sander. The other day I stumbled across a picture of a small splitter, that a guy called Miro had made and figured that I needed to make one my self, so I searched the gigantic world wide web, found out there were loads of models, but most of them were too much DIY for my taste.

First step was to try and figure out how it worked, sketch it up on paper, decide on some dimensions, find scraps of wood that could be used, also I took the decision to make it a project anyone with basic woodworking skills and a table saw could build, so no metal parts or fancy details, finally it was just to get going.

Here a video of how the splitter worked after I build it.
(I’m still struggling when I need to put videos in LJ, now the picture stays small).
Press HERE to go to Youtube.

This post is from the blog:

1. Leather splitter in use.
2. Basic layout.
3. Stanley blades.
4. Back end.
5. Shaving leather.
6. Making straps.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even better some leather tools.

Best thoughts,


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

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-17-2020 05:47 PM

whatever the need you always find a way to get it done mads.nice engineering.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-17-2020 05:51 PM

That is just too slick.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 12-17-2020 07:41 PM

Cool gadget!...Although I’m not leather man, I like to see gadgets from that field also…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-17-2020 08:27 PM

Clever design, buddy.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 12-17-2020 08:50 PM

Nice! It also looks like you built it like a piece of fine furniture. Also great video.

-- James E McIntyre

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 12-17-2020 10:16 PM

Nice job, Mads. Its is simple and effective!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-17-2020 10:20 PM

Flot Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#8 posted 12-17-2020 10:26 PM

Love the video!

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#9 posted 12-18-2020 01:49 PM

Watching the video and how it works was nice to see! Research, Development and Success! You sure do have the right stuff to get the job done mafe! Nice work! Be proud!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 12-18-2020 02:31 PM

That is a pretty cool leather thicknesser. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 12-18-2020 04:45 PM

Nice simple tool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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