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First buckle (001/10). Working out the idea in a beautiful piece of Walnut. It is sanded to 600 grit, finished with three coats of wipe on poly, waxed and buffed.

I am hoping to start making these in all types of figured hardwoods. I have saved some nice little chunks for something special. Perhaps these will be popular. Your feedback is appreciated.

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I think it's a great idea; you could make some with carvings and inlays and various shapes, very nice…where did you get the clip?
 

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Thanks Vince, they fun to make. There are lots of ideas bouncing around for these.

I got the backs (after much searching) at S & D Trading Company in Lubbock. The fit and finish aren't great, and I am looking for better, but they are cheap and sturdy. Here is the link. http://www.sdtradingco.com/belts-blanksandcovers.htm

If you find some better, please contact me.
 

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Thanks for the idea! Your belt buckle looks great. I've got lots of cut-offs of beautiful wood from making gunstocks and you can only make so many rolling pins…
 

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Really sweet idea. Next a Greene & Greene style???
 

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I have been planning to do a project like this also! Great job. Where do you get the hardware?
 

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Thanks for the link to your hardware source posted above.
I see that you had to drill your own holes to attach the Walnut. Great job on your prototype : )
Best wishes on future sales of your projects.
 

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You better make a lot of them because I have a feeling that they are going to sell REALLY fast !
That Walnut one pictured is really sharp!
 

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Super idea I hope you have great success with them
 

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Ideas like these have me saving smaller and smaller cutoffs! This one turned out very nice!
 

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Neat idea. I never thought about that . Every woodworker should have one from his/her favorite wood! Wear it like a badge of honor!!
 

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Thanks everyone for your positive responses. This is a prototype and I still have a few issues that are working themselves out through feedback on and off LJ's.

The hardware is inset into a mortise the shape of the steel. I then used thick CA glue (gap filling) and No.4, 3/8" wood screws to secure it all.

One old-timer just emailed me and said that the back needs to be curved, contoured to fit the body better. This is not hard to believe, looking at my own pot-belly.
 

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Tandy Leather Factory carries the backs for these as well.
 
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