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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 08-01-2017 09:19 PM 736 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2017 09:19 PM

I have decided to build my self a Moxon Vice. My question is what kind of leather , and thickness is normally used. I’d like to buy it at my local leather shop and avoid the expensive shipping to Alaska. However I don’t know what to ask for.

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#1 posted 08-01-2017 09:25 PM

I cut the leather off a throw-away, overstuffed living room chair and have been using it in the shop for several years. Strop material, vice faces, etc. Works great, price was right. It’s not thick stuff, but it’s for grippy, not padding.

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#2 posted 08-01-2017 10:32 PM

I don’t know what is traditional for one, AG, but pigskin is about the toughest leather out there. It has some texture as well, for good grip. You can get different weights of leather. Leather comes in oz. weights, and each oz. represents 1/64th of an inch thickness. I would think that thickness would be big factor in what would work best.

I just got home from Tandy Leather with some 2 oz. pigskin splits I’m going to use to line the base of some trays.

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#3 posted 08-01-2017 10:53 PM

I use peel and stick cork (contact paper) on my Moxon … works like a champ!

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#4 posted 08-01-2017 10:55 PM

If you’re in Alaska, someone has to have buck skin or elk or some other harvested animal that they’d be willing to give you or sell you at a fair price.

I’d ask around.

It would appear the like Smitty_Cabinetshop said, grippy, not padding.

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#5 posted 08-02-2017 01:01 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Obviously I know little about leather/animals skins. Anyway I think you guy gave enough information to be dangerous. Thanks.

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#6 posted 08-02-2017 01:03 AM

I plan on using scrap leather that I got from a hobby store (purchase w 50% off coupon) for my vise.

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#7 posted 08-02-2017 01:09 AM

Hi from Australia. I have found a source of leather pieces. Speak to your local leather furniture store and ask if they have any out-dated leather swatches (those pieces of leather they show you for the colours available). They are normally 1st class condition and a good size about 12” x 9” and great for vices or strops. You just gotta go with the colours tho! lol

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